Ductography is a tool used to identify or diagnose breast abnormalities such as nipple discharge. As part of getting a mammogram, patients are given a contrast material that is injected directly into the mammary duct of the breast. During the mammogram, the contrast marks the breast ducts, making any abnormalities more visible.
Ductography is for women who are experiencing unexplained, spontaneous nipple discharge.
Your ductogram will be administered while you are experiencing nipple discharge. This will help your radiologist locate the duct that is leaking; only this duct will be tested during your ductogram. Your radiologist will locate the appropriate duct and insert the contrast using a tiny tube. This will cause pressure but should not be painful. Many women say that it feels similar to the feeling of breastfeeding.
If your breast radiologist or physician recommends that you have a ductogram, your referring physician will be consulted, after which his/her office will send orders for the procedure to the Breast Center. Once these orders are received, a nurse will contact you to schedule your ductogram. The nurse will give you specific instructions about what to do before and after the procedure.
You should schedule your mammogram with the Breast Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital by calling