Mammograms detect breast cancer before any signs or symptoms are evident, and before lumps are large enough to be felt in a self-exam. The earlier breast cancer is found, the higher your chances of survival. Less invasive treatments are available if the cancer is detected soon enough.
Women in the United States have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetimes. Diagnostic breast imaging should be continued throughout a woman’s life for as long as she would still be healthy enough to undergo treatments if cancer were found.
Since Premier Diagnostic Imaging’s inception in 1999, the Premier Center for Women has been the leading breast imaging provider for the Upper Cumberland.
Premier provides the new SmartCurve™ system, which uses a curved compression paddle to provide a more comfortable procedure. Also, our 3D Mammograms provide our radiologists with a series of highly detailed breast images.
We have by far the best pricing in the Upper Cumberland, with no hidden “Radiologist Fees.” All exam images are read by radiologists on-site, and many of Premier’s staff members are long-time members of the community who have spent several years working together at Premier. When you come here, you are treated like our family. Our priority is providing excellent service to all our patients with a very clean facility and state-of-the-art equipment.
3D Genius Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) provides over 200 times more images than 2D mammography. This offers a better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages, by producing a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue. Radiologists are able to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
When compared to 2D mammograms, 3D mammograms…
The 3D Genius Mammography screening experience is similar to that of a 2D digital mammogram. During a Genius exam, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter-thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. There is no anesthesia or recovery time.
Do not wear deodorant the day of your mammogram. Many deodorants use aluminum products, which can be detected on the mammogram images and interfere with the evaluation of your breast tissue. If you are wearing deodorant, you will be asked to wash it off prior to your exam.
Most insurers will cover one screening mammogram each year. The detailed images provided by 3D mammograms reduce the possibility that you will be called back for further clarifying exams, which may not be covered by insurance.