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This procedure is performed by the radiologist for patients with unexplained, spontaneous clear, or bloody nipple discharge that has been evaluated by a breast surgeon.

Ductography requires active discharge from the nipple at the time of exam in order to identify the duct.

During the procedure:

  • A small cannula is placed into the duct and a small amount of contrast is infused
  • A gentle mammogram is then performed, to evaluate the distribution of contrast in the duct(s)
  • Many women report brief numbness of the nipple associated with this procedure

How to schedule your ductography

  • Ask your primary care physician for a referral
  • Appointments are available at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla
  • Call us for an appointment at 858-822-6126
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