Imaging the Lactating Breast
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Imaging the Lactating Breast

A breast mass that is present for more than 4 days has a lower likelihood of being a simple plugged duct, and requires further evaluation with an ultrasound, and possibly a mammogram, depending on the protocol of the imaging department. It is recommended that women empty their breasts before undergoing breast imaging, to reduce parenchymal density1.




  1. Johnson HM, Lewis TC, Mitchell KB Breast Cancer Screening During Lactation Obstet & Gynec Dec 2019
  2. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee. ABM Clinical Protocol #30: Breast Masses, Breast Complaints, and Diagnostic Breast Imaging in the Lactating Woman Breastfeeding Medicine 14(4) 2019 P. 208-214