A ductogram is a test that makes pictures of the breast ducts. It is done with a mammogram and special contrast material.

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Possible Complications

X-rays do not cause short-term health complications. But radiation doses may build up in the body over time. The more x-rays you have the more radiation there will be. This can raise the risk of some cancers. The risk is higher in children and women who could get or are pregnant.

Lead safety shields are used during x-rays. They help lower the amount of radiation to the body.

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:

  • Reaction to the contrast material
  • Infection
  • Injury to the duct



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

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