Rebates for implant MRIs to end in March

Since the introduction of the rebate in March last year until the end of November, some 1799 women have taken up the offer.Approximately 13,000 PIP implants were supplied in Australia between 1998 and 2010. 

An analysis of the scale of the scandal, published by the government, shows there were 451 confirmed reports of ruptured implants by the end of January. 

“Testing undertaken by the TGA has not found evidence that the risks involved with the use of PIP breast implants are any greater than those for any other brand of silicone gel-filled breast implants,” the regulator said.

It reiterated advice that the implants do not need to be routinely removed if they have not ruptured. 

Safety concerns about the implants emerged following the revelation the French manufacturer used industrial grade, rather than medical grade, silicone in certain batches. 

The TGA said the average time to rupture was