When scheduling your mammogram, it’s important to understand how the COVID-19 vaccine may play a part.
The COVID-19 vaccine, as well as many other vaccines, can cause swollen lymph nodes in some people, which may be identified on breast imaging. This is a normal reaction to the vaccine, and they should resolve on their own.
According to Dr. Jessica Kaniowski, Diagnostic Radiologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, “The likelihood of the vaccine affecting your mammogram results is low. If you have a concern, consider scheduling your mammogram before you receive the vaccine or 4 weeks after you receive your second dose. However, patients should not delay any recommended follow up breast imaging."
If you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine or your screening mammogram, talk to your doctor.
Frequently asked questions about screening mammograms and COVID-19 vaccine timing: