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Mammography and routine screenings

A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast. Digital mammography is offered at the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga, CHI Memorial Hospital Hixson, CHI Memorial Ooltewah Imaging Center and both of CHI Memorial’s Mobile Health Coaches. All facilities offer softer, warmer mammograms using MammoPads®. CHI Memorial provides different screening options suited to our patients' needs based on medical histories and physician recommendation.

Screening options

The x-ray evaluation is recommended every year for women over 40 years of age when there are no signs or symptoms of breast disease.

Diagnostic mammography provides additional projections and spot magnification and may be recommended following a routine mammogram if there is a new finding or concern.

Tomosynthesis creates a three-dimensional image of breast tissue to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of any abnormalities.

Ultrasound imaging is a painless medical test that uses high frequency sound waves to evaluate breast tissue.

Dedicated Breast MRI provides unparalleled and uncompromising image quality, patient comfort, and efficiency to better evaluate conditions that may not be visible with other imaging methods.

Removal of tissue for examination under a microscope may be necessary for diagnosis.

A bone density test is the only accurate way to diagnose osteoporosis, assess fracture risk, and monitor the effects of treatment.