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Tattoo Ink Showing Up on Mammograms

Dr. Susan Summerton talks about ink from tattoos showing up as white specks on a mammogram.
Aug 20, 2021

Dr. Susan Summerton joined us to talk about an issue that many people are unaware of: Ink from tattoos on the upper body migrating to the lymph nodes and showing up as white specks on a mammogram. In some cases, this can lead to more tests to rule out breast cancer.

Listen to the episode to hear Dr. Summerton explain:

  • how tattoo ink ends up in the underarm lymph nodes

  • how often this happens

  • how often tattoo ink leads to more testing

  • what women with tattoos who are getting regular mammograms should know

About the guest
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Susan Summerton, MD

Dr. Susan Summerton is associate professor of clinical radiology at the University of Pennsylvania

— Last updated on February 11, 2022, 9:44 PM

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