Galactography is an x-ray examination that uses mammography, a low-dose x-ray system for examining breasts, and a contrast material to obtain pictures, called Galactograms, of the inside of the breast's milk ducts.
Why should I do it ?
The most common use of galactography is to evaluate a woman who has a bloody or clear discharge from her breast nipple and an otherwise normal mammogram.
Any preparations needed?
- The nipple should not be squeezed prior to the exam
- You should inform your physician of any medications you are taking and if you have any allergies, especially to barium or iodinated contrast materials.
- Inform your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
- Always inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
- As in mammography, do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam.
- In addition, before the examination you will be asked to remove all jewelry and clothing above the waist.