Ductogram

The female breast contains tube-like structures called ducts. When a woman is breastfeeding, these ducts bring milk from the milk-producing glands to the area around the nipple. This allows the milk to flow from the breast to the infant. A ductogram is a test to create images of the breast ducts. It is done with a mammogram and special contrast dye.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if you:

    • Notice any other changes in your breast, such as thickening or a lump
    • Develop any other symptoms, including a possible allergic reaction to the contrast dye
    • Develop signs of infection such as heat, swelling, pain, fever, or chills

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    The female breast contains tube-like structures called ducts. When a woman is breastfeeding, these ducts bring milk from the milk-producing glands to the area around the nipple. This allows the milk to flow from the breast to the infant.

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    A ductogram is a test to create images of the breast ducts. It is done with a mammogram and special contrast dye.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A ductogram is done to look for the cause of abnormal discharge from the nipples.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Adverse reaction to the contrast dye
    • Injury to the duct
    • Breast infection
    • Pain

    Talk to your doctor about these risks before the procedure.