News | July 13, 2008

Breast Center Replaces Full-Body MRI with Dedicated Breast MRI

July 14, 2008 � The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center in Chattanooga, TN, will install an Aurora 1.5 Tesla Dedicated Breast MRI System, replacing the traditional full-body MRI system.

The 12,000 square foot women�s center offers a team of breast health specialists and the latest technology to fight breast disease and serves more than half of the breast cancer patients in Chattanooga, TN. The center reportedly chose the Aurora System to offer a targeted tool that will best service the specific needs of their patients. Prior to the installation of the Aurora System, the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center shared a traditional full-body MRI system with the Memorial�s general imaging center, which was at more than 100 percent of its capacity, posing an inconvenience for patients in need of a timely breast MRI.
�Our center now has exceptional MRI capabilities provided by the Aurora System, which has recently detected a lesion on a patient that was not seen on mammogram or ultrasound. This type of high-quality result makes a big difference not only in the convenience for our patients, but it also helps us provide patients with the most thorough and most efficient medical care available,� said Jessie Varnell, M.D., co-medical director, MaryEllen Locher Breast Center.

The Aurora System is an FDA-cleared dedicated breast MRI system specifically developed for the detection, diagnosis and treatment monitoring of breast disease. It features an exclusive precision gradient coil design to provide a large homogeneous elliptical field of view to image both breasts, the chest wall and axillae in a single bilateral scan.
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