Breast MRIs

Breast screening plays a vital role in detecting a range of breast conditions, allowing for early intervention and appropriate management. At Tellica Imaging, we offer Breast MRI services with our advanced technology and team of compassionate professionals.

Breast MRIs significantly improve our ability to detect cancers that are not seen on regular mammograms. Breast MRIs are complimentary but do not replace conventional mammography and are becoming the standard of care in the workup for patients with breast conditions.

“Screening mammography is the correct place to start in the prevention of breast cancer. However, some cancers are not detected with conventional mammography. The Breast MRI offers an extra tool to achieve the highest cancer rate detection available.” - Doug Greally. MD

Common Breast Conditions

Breast screening can help identify a variety of breast conditions, allowing for early intervention and management. Common breast conditions that Tellica Imaging can help detect through screening MRIs include the following.

Breast Cancer

Both invasive and non-invasive forms of breast cancer can be identified through MRIs. Invasive breast cancer is where abnormal cells grow and invade surrounding tissues. Non-invasive breast cancer is typically confined to the milk ducts or lobules of the breast and unlikely to spread to surrounding tissues. 

Early detection is crucial for successful treatment of both types and can involve surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these approaches. 

Screening can identify breast cancer at its earliest stages, significantly improving treatment outcomes and survival rates.

Benign (Non-Cancerous) Lumps or Cysts

Lumps are abnormal masses of tissue that can feel solid or rubbery. While most breast lumps are benign, screening helps differentiate between harmless lumps and potentially cancerous masses. Common benign lumps include fibroadenomas (smooth, round lumps) and lipomas (fatty lumps).

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can feel like smooth, round, movable lumps. They are often associated with hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle and usually don't require treatment. However, screening can help determine if further evaluation with aspiration (removal of fluid with a needle) is necessary.

Fast Breast MRIs at Tellica Imaging

Screening can help detect pre-cancerous changes in breast tissue, allowing for preventive measures to be taken before complications develop. At Tellica Imaging, we offer the Fast Breast MRI, which is an advanced screening option that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce high-resolution images of breast tissue. 

The Fast Breast MRI typically takes about 20 minutes, and it is a useful screening option for:

  • Women with dense breasts. Dense breast tissue can appear similar to cancerous tissue on a mammogram, making it difficult to detect abnormalities. Fast Breast MRI can provide clearer visualizations through dense tissue.
  • Women with breast implants. Breast implants can obscure abnormalities on mammograms. Fast Breast MRI can effectively image tissue behind the implant.
  • Women with a family history of breast cancer. Having a family history of breast cancer increases a woman's risk. Fast Breast MRI can be a valuable tool for early detection in these cases.
  • Women with a personal history of breast cancer. For women who have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, Fast Breast MRI can be used for surveillance purposes to monitor for recurrence.

The decision to undergo breast screening and the choice of screening method depends on factors such as your age, family history, and breast density. We recommend discussing breast screening options with your provider to determine the most appropriate approach for your individual situation. 

Schedule Your Breast Screening Appointment at Tellica Imaging

At Tellica Imaging, we understand that undergoing scans can cause anxiety. Rest assured that our staff is dedicated to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for every patient. Additionally, our upfront and transparent pricing eliminates surprise bills, ensuring you can focus on your health.

Visit us at any of our convenient locations and our friendly staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, call us to schedule an imaging test at any of our locations.

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