A ductogram or galactogram is an x-ray examination that uses mammography, a low-dose x-ray system for examining the ducts of the breast.
It is helpful in diagnosing nipple discharge, ductal ectasia (condition where milk ducts become swollen and clogged), fibrocystic changes, intraductal papillomas (wart-like, non-cancerous tumors with branching that grow inside the breast duct), and breast cancer.
During the exam, a contrast material is introduced into the ducts to check for any blockages or abnormalities. A tiny tube or cannula is used to put fluid into the breast duct. The injected contrast allows your milk ducts to show up clearly on a mammogram.
Ductography is a very specialized procedure, and isn't available everywhere. A highly trained and experienced radiologist should do this procedure.
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