Some patients who receive COVID-19 vaccinations may temporarily develop benign swollen lymph nodes, which can show up on mammograms and other imaging tests.
Though it is optimal for a patient to have needed imaging (screening or diagnostic) prior to COVID-19 vaccination, the resources below may be helpful when caring for recently vaccinated patients.
- The Society of Breast Imaging® (SBI) has offered guidance for radiology providers caring for women undergoing mammograms and other breast imaging exams.
- Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital recently released similar breast imaging guidance.
- An article published in JACR® by MGH researchers offers steps to help providers properly diagnose such patients undergoing a broad range of imaging exams and reduce unwarranted follow-up care.
The American College of Radiology® invites members to review the materials above and visit acr.org/covid19 for more COVID-19–related clinical and economic resources.