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Mammograms
(Mammography)

Provided by Premier Diagnostic Imaging

Mammograms for Cookeville, TN and the Upper Cumberland

Premier Diagnostic Imaging provides quick, convenient mammograms for women in Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee in our Women’s Center. Regular mammograms are important. They detect breast cancer before any signs or symptoms are evident, and before lumps are large enough to be felt in a self-exam. By comparing your mammogram images with your previous exams, radiologists can see if there are changes in your breast tissue.

Mammograms are recommended annually for women over 40.

Ask your physician for a personalized recommendation.

Call 931-528-1800 to speak to one of our receptionists.

Why Women Choose Premier

Since Premier Diagnostic Imaging’s start in 1999, the Premier Center for Women has been Cookeville’s leading breast imaging provider. We make getting mammograms as quick and convenient as possible in our dedicated Women’s Center.

Premier Center for Women logo is a part of Premier Diagnostic Imaging in Cookeville, Tennessee

The Premier Center for Women is a separate area within Premier that has changing rooms and a waiting area just for women.

We have by far the best mammogram pricing in the Upper Cumberland, with no hidden “Radiologist Fees.” All exam images are read by radiologists on-site. Also, many of Premier’s staff members 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.

What Patients Say About Screening Mammograms

From personal experience, I can tell you how important yearly mammography screening is. At the age of 44, there was a small change on my mammogram from the previous year noticed by the radiologist. After further testing and a biopsy, it was confirmed to be breast cancer. But since I had one every year since age 40 for comparison, my cancer was caught early (stage 1) and my survival rate is 95%.

A Cookeville Woman

I would say do self exams and go for your pap smear, they do breast exams…I have no family history but at 42 was told I needed a mastectomy because of cancer. I encourage everyone to do self exams including men. I am now 43 and alive because my gynecologist performed a breast exam. Encouraging each other is the best. Mammograms save lives and should be done at earlier ages.

A Cookeville Woman

3D Mammogram with SmartCurve

Our mammography facility provides 3D Genius Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) to produce a 3D view of the breast tissue. This enables radiologists to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. 3D imaging offers a better chance to diagnose breast cancer earlier, at more treatable stages.

The 3D digital screening experience is similar to that of a 2D. During a 3D exam, multiple images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of x-ray pictures that can be viewed as a 3D picture of the breast. A new image is taken every millimeter to get a complete view of the breast tissue. The 3D experience is quick, requiring less than 4 seconds of compression with our new SmartCurve paddle for increased comfort.

When compared to 2D, 3D mammograms…

  • Produce over 200x more images
  • Reduce callbacks by 40%
  • Detect 20-65% more invasive breast cancer
  • Scan faster, often requiring less than 4 seconds of compression
  • FDA approved superior exam for women with dense breasts

I just want women to know how important yearly screening mammograms are. I have many personal friends that I truly believe routine screenings have saved their lives. If caught early breast cancer is very treatable, that’s why yearly screening mammography is so important.

Michelle Green
Mammogram Technologist - Premier Diagnostic Imaging

Schedule Your Mammogram

It Could Save Your Life

Call 931-528-1800 to speak to one of our receptionists.

Mammogram FAQs

 

Does insurance cover mammograms?

Most insurers cover one screening mammogram each year. However, if you need additional images, your insurance may not cover them. The good news is our 3D mammograms provide highly detailed pictures. As a result, they reduce the need for patient call-backs and extra images.

How do I prepare for a mammogram?

You should not wear deodorant on the day of your exam. Many deodorants use aluminum products that interfere with the evaluation of breast tissue. If you are wearing deodorant, you will need to wash it off before your exam.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for a mammo?

Yes, you do need a doctor’s referral for a mammogram. We can help you with this. When scheduling your mammogram with Premier over the phone, we will ask for your physician’s name. We’ll then contact their office to send over a mammogram referral. You can also ask your physician to set up your appointment with us directly.

Is a mammogram an x-ray?

Yes, both traditional and 3D mammography are specialized x-ray machines that create images of the breast.

Also, we have many older women that ask how long they have to keep having mammograms. My answer is: as long as you are able to have surgery if a cancer is found, then mammography is the best way to find it. Guidelines state you can stop 10 years to end of life but who really knows when that is??

Michelle Green
Mammogram Technologist - Premier Diagnostic Imaging

How prevalent is breast cancer in Tennessee?

The American Cancer Society estimates that 5,760 Tennessee women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. 

Women in the United States have a 1 in 8 risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetimes. The earlier breast cancer is found, the higher your chances of survival. Mammograms save lives by finding breast cancer early, in its most treatable stages. 

At what age should I start getting mammograms?

All women should receive an annual mammogram beginning by age 40. This recommendation comes from several sources, including the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Your doctor may recommend that you begin screening mammograms at a younger age if you are at high risk. Screening mammograms should continue as long as one is healthy enough to have cancer treatments if needed. 

Is it important to find a mammogram near me?

What’s important is that you are regular with your screenings. We’ve seen many women go years between mammograms without realizing that it had been so long. That’s why, if you live near Cookeville, we try to make it as easy as possible for you to keep an annual mammography routine. We are located nearby, in Premier Medical Park.

Can I have a mammogram if I have breast implants?

Women with implants should continue to receive mammograms. Premier radiologists have experience in viewing mammogram images with breast implants. We will ask if you have implants before your exam so the technologists can plan for optimal visibility of your breast tissue. 

What is the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms?

Screening mammograms are for people who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Diagnostic mammograms analyze a suspicious area in detail. Diagnostic mammograms may take longer and produce more images than screening mammograms.

Most all of my patients, after having their first mammogram, are pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. It doesn’t last long (usually about 5 minutes), and the compression is not horrible. It’s tight but very tolerable.

Michelle Green
Mammogram Technologist - Premier Diagnostic Imaging

Do Mammograms Hurt?

In general, mammograms are not painful. However, women experience the compression sensation differently. Most exams only need four seconds of compression. 

At Premier, our 3D SmartCurve mammogram paddle design improves patient comfort. Of patients who usually experience discomfort with standard compression technology, 93% reported more comfort with SmartCurve.

More breast care services provided by Premier Diagnostic Imaging:

Breast Biopsy & Ultrasound Services