We at Windsong understand that any additional workup to your screening mammogram causes anxiety. For this reason, Windsong’s Radiologists agree with the statement provided by the Society of Breast Imaging when planning to schedule your screening mammogram and the COVID-19 vaccine:
“If possible, and when it does not unduly delay care, consider scheduling screening exams prior to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination, or 4-6 weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.”
The body’s natural response to the administration of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines, may include temporary enlargement of lymph nodes. Although this response is expected, it may require additional imaging workup, as well as follow up imaging to ensure resolution, which often is done with an ultrasound of the axilla (armpit) and does not add additional radiation to the tissue. It is expected that most patients that require follow up will be cleared after their first follow up.
It’s important to know that those who need diagnostic breast imaging for lumps, pain, discharge, follow-up, etc., should not delay their appointments.