A ductogram is performed to help us better understand the causes of nipple discharge and to see what the inside of your breast ducts looks like.
Tell your physician or the technologist performing the exam if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. Your doctor may postpone the exam to reduce the possible risk of exposing your baby to radiation.
The doctor or technologist will clean the skin over the area for examination. He or she will then inject a medication to numb the area using a very small needle. A tiny thread-like catheter will be passed into the opening of the duct and then a small amount of X-ray dye will be used to fill the duct. Several images of the area will then be taken.
Generally, there is minimal or no discomfort with this procedure.
A radiologist will review your exam images and report the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss the findings and next steps with you.