At the Knoxville Comprehensive Breast Center (KCBC), we strive to offer streamlined, efficient testing that uses innovative and efficient technology. In conjunction with our mammogram and ultrasound techniques for breast diagnostics, we also use breast MRIs in order to acquire high resolution photos and detect abnormalities and disease early.
Specifically designed for use in breast screening and diagnostics, a breast MRI involves a specially-designed machine that provides high resolution photos while maintaining breast sensitivity and comfort. The MRI technology – or Magnetic Resonance Imaging – takes several photos of the breasts. Those photos are combined to generate detailed pictures.
MRI machines use a combination of radio and magnetic waves. A magnetic field is put around you while radio waves are directed at specific areas of your body. While the noise this machine makes may be a little uncomfortable, it is painless and typically tolerated well.
In the AURORA® Dedicated Breast MRI machine that we have in-house at KCBC, breasts are scanned simultaneously. The machine also allows for feet-first entry, which can alleviate some of the anxiety associated with getting an MRI.
Our breast MRI units are accredited by the American College of Radiology. The dedicated breast MRI unit is the only manufactured MRI unit for breast MRI screening and diagnostics. It is specifically designed so that the highest resolution is in the lower half of the magnet opening where the breasts reside during the exam.
Your physician may suggest a breast MRI or you may want to ask about one for yourself if the following are true:
A breast MRI may also be used after a surgical procedure or after chemotherapy to determine the body’s response.
As having an MRI does not expose you to radiation, this is a safe procedure. The most common things to keep in mind before having an MRI are:
Contact KCBC today to schedule a breast MRI or to inquire about our other breast diagnostic services.