Breast Program


Ductography (also called galactography) is used to evaluate the cause of abnormal nipple discharge. It is most often used on women with spontaneous, clear or bloody nipple discharge from one breast.

A tiny hollow cannula with a blunt tip is inserted into the problem duct from the nipple. A small amount of radiopaque fluid (contrast media) is then gently introduced into the duct and mammograms are obtained. The contrast media outlines the inside of the duct and may demonstrate small growths that may be the cause of nipple discharge. While these growths are most often benign (non-cancerous), they are typically removed at surgery, allowing definitive diagnosis as well as curing the discharge.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (714) 734-6282.

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

St. Joseph Hospital is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the ACR. This designation assures that St. Joseph Hospital meets standards for radiation safety and image quality. By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).