We provide 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.
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. 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, and 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.
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%.
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.
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 as a part of your preventative health care. The detailed images provided by 3D mammograms reduce the possibility that you will be called back for additional tests, which may not be covered by insurance.
Do not wear deodorant the day of your exam. Many deodorants use aluminum products, which can be detected on the 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. There is no anesthesia required so there is no recovery time.
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.
Mammography uses an x-ray machine to take a series of images. Those images can be viewed by Premier radiologists as a 3D reconstruction of the breast tissue. The mammography machine uses very low radiation doses. According to the National Cancer Institute, the potential benefits of mammography nearly always outweigh the potential harm from radiation exposure.
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 are saving lives by finding breast cancer early, in its most treatable stages. Less invasive treatments are available if the cancer is detected soon enough.
Premier supports the recommendation of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Breast Imaging and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network that all women receive an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. Your doctor may recommend that you begin screening mammograms at a younger age if you are at high risk. Screening mammography 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.
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 recommended when there are no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Diagnostic mammograms are performed to analyze a suspicious area in great detail. Diagnostic mammograms may take longer and produce more images than a screening mammogram.
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.
While women experience the compression sensation differently, our new SmartCurveTM paddle has been shown to improve comfort in 93% of patients who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression technology. Most exams only require four seconds of compression.
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