Ductogram (Galactogram)

When a patient has continuing nipple discharge, sometimes a ductogram (also called galactogram) is performed. A small cannula (blunt ended tube) is placed into the opening of the discharging milk duct. Then a minimal amount of contrast (dye) is injected, filling the ducts. Mammographic images are taken, which are reviewed by the breast imaging specialist. Some patients notice slight discomfort with this procedure.

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Preparation of exam:

  • Do not wear any deodorants or antiperspirants prior to your exam. These products have the ability to interfere with image quality.
  • If you are or think you might be pregnant, please inform your technologist before your procedure

Length of exam:

The length of an exam varies from 30 – 60 minutes.

After your exam:

  • No heavy lifting for 24 hours after your exam.
  • A Diversified Radiologist will interpret your images and a report will be sent to your referring physician usually within 24 hours of your test.

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