Submitted on: Sunday, December 1, 2002

The Women’s Imaging Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center has installed new mammography equipment that allows women to have a gentler, more comfortable mammogram with a lower dose of x-ray while also maintaining the highest possible standards of image quality.

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer continues to rise - with nearly one in nine women likely to develop the disease sometime in their lifetime. If diagnosed early, however, the remission rate is well over 85 percent.

“Early detection is the best protection against breast cancer,” states Dr. Ann Tran, radiologist at The Women’s Imaging Center. “Regularly scheduled mammograms are not only highly recommended but can detect a lesion often times, long before it can be felt.”

“One of the most frequent complaints from women was about the discomfort of mammography exams,” explains Dr. Tran. “Reducing discomfort while maintaining the quality of the images was among the deciding factors when we chose the equipment for our new facility.

“Our new mammography system will help us provide our patients with the best possible
exams. Not only is the new equipment designed to reduce the discomfort often associated with mammography but it reduces the amount of x-ray dosage the patient receives,” said Dr. Tran.

In addition to regular mammograms, Dr. Tran reminds women of the importance of monthly self-breast examination and an annual exam by a clinician to detect breast cancer early. For more information about early detection of breast cancer, please call The Women’s Imaging Center at CRMC at (931) 646-2628.

The Women’s Imaging Center, located in the hospital at 142 West Fifth Street, has been providing mammography services and educational opportunities for women in this region since 1986.

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