COOKEVILLE – The Women’s Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center is one of the first in the Upper Cumberland to offer the SmartCurve breast stabilization system, which is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality, workflow or dose.

This new system at The Women’s Center detects more invasive cancers, reduces false positives, and is FDA approved as superior to conventional 2D mammography for all women, including those with dense breasts. 

“With this new technology, we are not only able to provide a more comfortable mammogram, but can do so while maintaining clinical accuracy, which is key,” said Dr. Donald Huff,  radiologist at Cookeville Regional. “Mammograms play such a critical role in the early detection of breast cancer and we’re hopeful that with the addition of the SmartCurve system, we’ll be able to lessen the pain and anxiety associated with mammograms and, as a result, increase screening compliance.”

This new system features a proprietary curved surface that mirrors the shape of a woman’s breast to reduce pinching and allow better distribution of force over the entire breast.

In a recent clinical study comparing the SmartCurve breast stabilization system to traditional flat paddle compression, the SmartCurve system improved comfort in 93 percent of women who reported moderate to severe discomfort with standard compression.

“We’re excited to provide this first-of-its-kind technology to our patients and remain committed to offering the women of our community the best breast care possible,” said Stephanie Jennings, chief mammographer at the Women’s Center at Cookeville Regional.

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The breast imaging services at The Women’s Center are fully accredited in digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Whether one needs to schedule their baseline mammogram, learn more about their diagnosis, receive breast cancer treatments or participate in clinical trials, the Women’s Center’s JOURNEY program offers the services women need in a comfortable atmosphere. From a free coffee service, to a personal women’s center staff member who is there to answer questions and help make choices, the Women’s Center has what women need to maintain good breast health.

The Women’s Center is conveniently located in CRMC’s Outpatient Imaging Center at 251 West 3rd Street-just one block from the hospital’s main campus. They provide both 2D and 3D mammography, as well as breast biopsies guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The Women’s Center the only comprehensive breast imaging center in the Upper Cumberland and the only one designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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