Our Mission in Motion is an effort by Saint Thomas Health and is supported through grants from Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville. This program has provided Middle Tennessee with the first Mobile Mammography Coach.
The coach provides mammography for underserved populations in 16 Middle Tennessee counties. The lack of mammography services in these areas and the uninsured or underinsured populations account for higher instances of non-compliance in screening mammography and higher death rates from Breast Cancer and late stage detection.
Need has also been established for insured populations of women who cannot afford the time away from work for appropriate screenings. The mobile coach will work with corporations to provide on-site screening for these women - reducing the time from three hours (including drive-time) to approximately 15 minutes.
It is the hope of Saint Thomas Health and Susan G. Komen to improve the compliance rates for screening mammography, thus decreasing the late stage detections of Breast Cancer for all women in Middle Tennessee.
The American College of Radiology recommends annual screenings starting at age 40 for women not experiencing any breast problems (ACR Mammography Screening Guidelines).
Results are mailed to your home and a report is sent to your medical provider within 5-7 business days. Comparison to prior mammograms is important for accurate results. If you had previous mammograms done at another facility, your report may be delayed until your prior mammogram(s) become available.
Your medical provider will refer you to a Saint Thomas Imaging Network facility or to a facility in your area for a diagnostic mammogram and if needed, an ultrasound. Diagnostic mammography is used to investigate suspicious breast changes. A medical provider’s order is required. If you do not have a medical provider, we will work directly with you to find a medical provider in your area.
If you need a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound and are referred to a facility outside of the Saint Thomas Health Imaging Network, you or your provider’s office will need to call Premier Radiology @ 615-356-3999 and ask for the mammography department. You can also pick up your images at any Premier Radiology location where mammography is offered. Please visit their website for locations.