Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center

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Offering expert, comprehensive breast health services to women across East Tennessee

The Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center is committed to offering the women of East Tennessee both convenience and excellence in breast health and wellness services.

Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center, a department of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, provides complete breast health services, including breast health education, screening, diagnostics, and treatment planning.

Our convenient Knoxville, TN location makes accessing top-quality breast health care services easy and convenient for the women of Tennessee.

Our chief radiologist is fellowship-trained in women’s imaging, and our Breast Center team includes a mammography certified technologist and specially trained auxiliary staff.

Why trust your breast health and wellness to Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center?

The Thompson Breast Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. In addition, we’re one of a select few breast centers in Tennessee to be awarded a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.

We are proud to serve the women of East Tennessee, by offering the comprehensive, customized breast health services you need, in a location that’s close to home.

Breast Health Services Offered at Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center

Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center in Knoxville, TN is ready to provide you with the top-quality breast health services you need in East Tennessee.

Our Breast Center is fully equipped with experts and technology to offer you women’s health services including: 

Mammography and Tomosynthesis

Thompson’s certified technologists perform more than 13,000 mammograms each year, using the latest in digital technology, including digital 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), which allows the radiologist to better detect smaller cancers – even with dense breast tissue.

3D mammography is a cutting-edge breast imaging technique that offers clearer images and a quicker, more comfortable experience for you. Learn more about this procedure.

No physician referral is needed for an annual screening mammogram, and the procedure is covered by virtually all insurance companies. Call 865-331-1450 to schedule your appointment.

Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound can provide accurate images of breast nodules to differentiate their cystic and solid structures and is used to assess breast lumps to identify solid and cystic components.

Ultrasound is often an adjunct to mammography to more fully evaluate dense glandular and cystic breast tissue. Ultrasound can also be used to identify a specific breast mass for biopsy if indicated.

Core Biopsy

Core biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that frequently eliminates the need for a surgical biopsy. Our center was the first in our area to offer stereotactic-guided core biopsies in 1993. Today, we offer stereotactic and ultrasound guidance for vacuum-assisted needle biopsy.

A core biopsy requires only a local anesthetic. There is virtually no scarring or patient discomfort. Women can return to their usual activities the next day, and the cost is about half that of a surgical biopsy.

Cyst Aspiration

Aspiration of a breast cyst is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure for women who present with a breast mass.

Using ultrasound guidance and local anesthetic, a small needle is used to remove fluid from the cyst, which can be sent for cytology if further evaluation is required. Cyst aspiration may reduce the waiting time for diagnosis in select patients.

Bone Densitometry

Decreases in bone density occur as women age and in response to other medical and biological events. Loss of bone density may indicate osteoporosis and an increase in fracture risk.

Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center offers bone densitometry services, with state of the art technology and certified technologists. We perform hip, spine, forearm, and full-body densitometry as medically indicated. We offer an appointment schedule that allows women to schedule both their mammogram and bone density study on the same visit.

Because we know how important it is that women maintain their recommended breast health screening schedules, we are now offering convenient appointments for screening mammograms on select Saturdays or days with extended office hours. We want you to have easy access to the life-saving screening procedures you need, in a timeframe that works for your busy life!

Contact Thompson Breast Center at 865-331-1450 to find out about our current extended hours.

Contact Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center

For more information on our services, or to self schedule your appointment with us, call us at 865-331-1450.

Directions to Thompson Breast Center in Knoxville, TN

Thompson Comprehensive Breast Center is a proud member of Covenant Health, our region’s top-performing healthcare network. To learn more about women’s health services, treatments, and resources near you, view our complete listing of Covenant health women’s services providers.

Note — You can park in the garage attached to Thompson Cancer Survival Center, and enter the building using the red door on the 2nd Floor of the parking garage. Please bring your ticket inside for free validation! Use the address 1900 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville TN 37916 to arrive at the GARAGE entry.

Meet Breast Radiologist Gayle Roulier, MD:

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