A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. Women with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer are checked for the disease with the use of screening mammograms. If a lump or other symptom of breast cancer has been found, diagnostic mammograms are used. The importance of screening mammography is that it can detect breast cancer at an early stage and ultimately increase the chance of saving your life.
We are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our institution is held to the highest standards of care for patients with breast disease. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is affiliated with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This designation is considered the gold standard in medical imaging.
Our doctors all specialize in the diagnosis and management of breast disease with a focus on breast cancer. Our program is the only one in Middle Tennessee with pathologists and radiologists dedicated entirely to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. This means our specialists can provide a more accurate diagnosis for you. Often, patients seek us for a second opinion on their diagnosis and treatment plan.
We offer extremely advanced imaging technology for our patients. Tomosynthesis mammography, for example, is an imaging technique that creates a three-dimensional image of breast tissue to help screen patients for breast cancer.
All diagnostic imaging modalities are in one location, and all exams are interpreted by radiologists specializing in breast and women's imaging. We also offer clinical service referrals that are on location. Many of your services can be scheduled on the same day, such as your mammogram and bone density screening.