How the COVID Vaccination can affect your mammo

Chadron Community Hospital Radiology Department is constantly evaluating to ensure the best practices are in place to take care of your breast health needs.  The Society of Breast Imaging recently released an advisory statement recommending that, if possible and where it does not delay your care, consider scheduling your screening mammogram BEFORE your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or 4 to 6 weeks following your second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.  The COVID-19 vaccinations may cause enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit, the neck and in breast tissue.  This is considered a normal reaction to the vaccine.  However, if enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit show up on your mammogram, it may require us to take additional mammogram images or ultrasound. 

Also, if you have recently had COVID-19, you should consider delaying your screening mammogram for two weeks.

If you choose to proceed with your screening mammogram, the Radiology Department is available and ready to take care of you.  As always, if you experience a concern with your breast, please consult you physician and do not delay.  If you have any questions, please contact the Radiology Department at 308-432-0274.