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Comprehensive Breast Center

LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center logoThe LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center is conveniently located inside the Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services. Easily accessible parking is available for patients in Parking Lot G. The Breast Center is dedicated to providing quality service to the women in our community.

Personalized service, individual attention and relaxed surroundings are just some of the reasons why women choose to have their digital mammograms at the Breast Center at LeConte Medical Center. Screening mammograms, used to detect breast cancer, and diagnostic mammograms, used when problems such as a lump or tenderness in the breast are detected, are performed at the center.

The Breast Center utilizes digital mammography. Digital mammography uses the same technique as film screen mammography, except that the image is recorded directly into a computer. The image can then be enlarged or highlighted for the radiologist to review. The convenience of a digital image also allows for other physicians or specialists to view the image more readily if consultation is needed.

Our registered technologists are trained to provide these exams, as well as the board certified radiologists with VISTA Radiology who interpret our exams. Although not perfect, mammography remains the leading tool in the early detection of breast cancer.

Remember, a physician referral is not required for your annual screening mammogram. For more information, or to schedule your mammogram, please call (865) 446-8000.

ACR Accredited

ARC Center of Excellence BadgeThe LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). There are fewer than 200 ACR-registered mammography facilities in the state of Tennessee, and only 31 have earned the distinction of being Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

The breast imaging services at this center are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and breast MRI. Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR accreditation program shows patients, referring physicians, other healthcare providers and insurance companies that our facility provides quality patient care. Each of the accreditation programs requires that the personnel providing these services meet specific qualifications. They must also meet equipment requirements and demonstrate ongoing quality assurance. Participation in the voluntary programs shows LeConte’s commitment to maintaining ongoing quality.

When it comes to your Diagnostic Imaging needs, Count on LeConte! There’s no need to travel out of your community when the imaging diagnostics you need are available to you at LeConte Medical Center. You have a choice in your healthcare — tell your physician you choose LeConte!

Other services offered at The Breast Center

Bone Densitometry

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. Affecting more than 44 million Americans, osteoporosis is responsible for more than 1.5 million fractures annually. A dual X-ray absorptometry (DXA) scan is a technique for scanning bone and measuring bone mineral density (BMD). Your doctor can help you determine whether you should have a BMD test.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that BMD testing should be performed on: All women aged 65 and older regardless of risk factors Younger postmenopausal women with one or more risk factors (other than being white, postmenopausal and female). Postmenopausal women who present with fractures (to confirm the diagnosis and determine disease severity). Estrogen deficient women at clinical risk for osteoporosis Individuals with vertebral abnormalities Individuals receiving, or planning to receive, long-term glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy Individuals with primary hyperparathyroidism Individuals being monitored to assess the response or efficacy of an approved osteoporosis drug therapy. Medicare permits individuals to repeat BMD testing every two years.

Talk to your doctor about whether you are at risk for osteoporosis and should receive the exam. For more information about DXA scan and imaging services at LeConte Medical Center, please call (865) 446-8000.

Core Biopsies

The Breast Center at LeConte Medical Center is pleased to offer women alternative breast biopsy procedures in the diagnosis of breast cancer — stereotactic breast biopsy, Mammotome biopsy, and MRI breast biopsy. The outpatient procedures give women the option of having a non-surgical biopsy to determine whether an abnormal finding in her breast is benign or malignant. Both methods cost less, and unlike traditional surgical biopsies, produce less scarring and use a local anesthetic.

Patient Navigators

Patient navigators play a unique role for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Navigators work with members of the healthcare team to facilitate and coordinate patient care to ensure patients receive timely diagnosis, treatment, support and education. We’re proud to have two certified patient navigators on our team and to be able to provide this service to our community.

Contact The Breast Center at LeConte Medical Center by calling (865) 446-8000.