3D Mammography Now Available At MaryEllen Locher Breast Center’s Ooltewah Location


The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial is now offering state-of-the-art 3D breast imaging at its Ooltewah location.  The Center first offered this technology at its CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga location in 2011, and is excited to now offer this service in Ooltewah. 

“The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center is committed to providing this community with the most technologically advanced equipment available so our team of physicians can offer the best, most comprehensive, and compassionate, care available,” says Deb Moore, vice president, oncology operations, CHI Memorial.  “We are excited to expand the access to this technology so more women throughout the Chattanooga region have the option of getting a 3D mammogram at a location convenient for them.”

Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, is different than traditional digital mammography, which takes a 2D photo of the breast.  With tomosynthesis, a series of images from multiple angles is taken and converted into a 3D image.  These images are then reconstructed into slices, and the series of images can be viewed individually or as an image of the whole breast.  This allows our radiologists a more complete picture of the breast tissue, giving them improved visibility of lesions, increased ability to size and stage masses, and improved visualization and detection in women with dense breast tissue.  If you are unsure if you have dense breasts, please call 423.495.4040.  The staff at the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center can assist you in determining your best option for mammography.

“Through the generosity of this community, proceeds from our annual Pink! gala were used to purchase this unit so the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center can offer this newest technology at all its locations,” says Jennifer Nicely, president, CHI Memorial Foundation.

The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center is a Center of Excellence and the only triple accredited breast center in the region (American College of Radiology (ACR®,) the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC ®), and the National Consortium of Breast Centers).  It offers coordinated, comprehensive breast health care, including mammography screening, a breast MRI, breast ultrasound, bone density, cancer risk and genetic counseling, community outreach, and a wide array of support services for women’s breast health and cancer needs.  The Center also has an all-female breast surgeon team and the only all fellowship-trained breast surgeons in the region.  The surgeons are available at the time of your visit should you need a surgical opinion minimizing the time from finding a breast concern to diagnosis and treatment.

The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial Ooltewah Imaging Center is located at 6401 Mountain view Road, Ooltewah, TN 37363.  Traditional and 3D mammography are available at all three CHI Memorial MaryEllen Locher Breast Center locations in Chattanooga, Hixson, and Ooltewah.

To schedule a mammogram at any location, call 423-495-4040 or 866-591-2254. For more information about the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center, visit MaryEllenLocher.com.