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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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