What is galactography? Galactography is a test used to evaluate nipple discharge emanating from a single point or duct. Nipple discharge must be able to be produced at the time of the examination.
What should I expect from galactography? Your nipple will be cleaned with antiseptic. The radiologist will then attempt to elicit the nipple discharge, sometimes by gently squeezing around the nipple. A tiny, blunt tipped needle is then placed into the point in the nipple where the discharge is coming from. A small volume of contrast (dye) is then injected through the needle into the breast. A mammogram is then performed.
How should I prepare for galactogram? Just as for any mammogram, antiperspirant or deodorant should not be applied as it may interfere with the mammogram. No other preparation is necessary.
For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at 401-444-MAMM (6266), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.