Services: MMC Offers 3D Mammography
October 22nd, 2014
Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is now offering 3-dimension (3D) mammography (also called breast tomosynthesis) for enhanced detection of breast cancer. This screening is performed at the same time as the traditional 2-dimenion (2D) exam and no additional compression is required. Screening exams that include a 3D mammogram prove to be more accurate for women with dense breasts (about 40% of all women) in finding cancers that have previously been missed by 2D mammographyalone.
“The breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of many different structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, and fat. Viewing all of these structures as a 2-dimensional flat image in women with dense breasts makes it difficult to find abnormalities. In other words, trying to find a lump in a breast is like trying to find a blueberry hidden in a bowl of oatmeal. A 3D mammogram allows the radiologist to look at the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, free from the confusion of overlapping tissue,” explained MMC President and Comprehensive Breast Center surgeon, Dr. Jimmy Carter.
A number of clinical studies have shown that when a 3D mammogram is used in conjunction with the traditional 2D mammogram, the detection of invasive breast cancers increased by as much as 41%, as well as a 29% increase in the detection rate of all breast cancers. Furthermore, utilizing the 3D mammogram allowed for a 15% decrease in the number of women asked to be recalled for additional imaging due to false positives.
“The 3D technology is a great leap forward in the detection of breast cancer,” Dr. Carter continued. “We are excited to be one of a few facilities in the area to offer it. The detection rate is much greater and we minimize the number of return visits for additional testing because we can see all the way through the breast tissue.”
“3D mammograms are the most extensive breast exams available,” said MMC Comprehensive Breast Center physician, Dr. Lisa White. “It’s just as safe as the 2D and there is no additional compression, so that means that patients with implants aren’t at any further risk.”
At this time, 3D mammography is still new technology and is currently not covered under health insurance plans, but is expected to be covered soon. A fee of $50 is paid at the time of the visit and the 2D portion is billed to insurance as usual. To learn more about 3D mammography or to schedule an appointment, visit mmclinic.com or call 615-867-8040.
Services: MMC Now Family Walk-In Clinic Opens in Smyrna
October 22nd, 2014
Smyrna, TN – Murfreesboro Medical Clinic announces the opening of their newest MMC Now Family Walk-In Clinic in Smyrna. The new facility opens on October 1 and is located in Lee Village at 1630 Lee Victory Parkway, Suite 4-A. All MMC Now locations are open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No appointment is necessary. However, as an added feature to minimize patient waiting times, the Walk-In Clinics are utilizing InQuicker, an online self-scheduler that allows patients to check in and receive estimated treatment times.
MMC Now Family Walk-In Clinics are convenient care clinics that allow patients to see a provider seven days a week, without making an appointment. Each facility provides care for the entire family, ages 18 months and up. Patients receive the care they need for almost all acute health issues. When necessary, patients are referred to an appropriate specialist the next day or immediately, depending on the illness or injury.
Staffed by Certified Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, MMC Now Clinics treat most minor injuries and illnesses, including:
"Our staff of highly-skilled Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants regularly treats all kinds of non-life threatening conditions at the Walk-In facilities," said MMC CEO, Joey Peay. "While they MMC Now Clinics are not for life-threatening situations, they are definitely a more convenient and cost effective option than the emergency room."
MMC Now Family Walk-In Clinics are a smart choice considering the lower co-pays and immediate care when compared to emergency rooms. The Walk-In Clinic accepts almost all major insurance health plans. For those without insurance, MMC Now offers a self-pay option allowing patients to pay with cash, Visa, or MasterCard for services rendered.
MMC Now in Smyrna is located in Lee Village at 1630 Lee Victory Parkway, Suite 4-A (615-459-4159). Two additional facilities are located in Murfreesboro in the Kroger Shopping Center at 2042 New Lascassas Pike (615-867-8000) and in the Publix Shopping Center at 2658 New Salem Highway (615-867-8001). Visit mmclinic.com for more information regarding MMC Now Walk-In Clinics.
News: 4th Annual Girls Night Out
August 14th, 2014
Murfreesboro Medical Clinic will hold its fourth annual Girls Night Out on Thursday, September 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. In addition to informal one-on-one time with doctors and staff for health, beauty, and wellness tips, it is an evening of music, food, and fashion. All attendees to this FREE event receive a goodie bag and are eligible for many door prizes, as well as one grand prize.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of MMC, so the theme is: “Decades of Medicine.” The music, food, and booths will be themed according to different decades.
Local beauty, wellness, and other vendors are providing gift cards and certificates for prizes and giveaways. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be catered by Five Senses. Local boutiques will also be present and many prizes will be given away at this women’s event. Sorry fellas….ladies only!
Girls Night Out is an opportunity for women in the community to come together and talk directly to doctors, nurses, and other staff of the multi-specialty groups of MMC. The casual atmosphere allows women to ask basic health and wellness questions specific to women, without an actual appointment. “These events are the perfect informal atmosphere for questions. It’s like a free visit to the doctor in the most relaxed environment you could ask for,” said annual attendee, Karen from Rockvale. “It’s not every day that your doctor throws you a party for coming to visit, complete with food and prizes!”
While most specialties within MMC will be represented at Girls Night Out, popular stops at this event include the Comprehensive Breast Center, Plastic Surgery, MMC Weight Loss & Wellness, U Medi Spa, Dermatology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Kimberly Smith, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for MMC, is the creator and manager of Girls Night Out each year. “Given the astronomical growth of this event, there is obviously a need in our area for women-specific needs to be met. I’m overwhelmed by the response of both the community of women and the businesses that continue to support Girls Night Out. We’re always looking for opportunities to open our doors to the community and get them engaged. The ladies get to dance, see upcoming fashion trends, have their cake and eat it too. It’s truly just plain fun!”
The first Girls Night Out at MMC garnered nearly 500 attendees. By 2013, it grew to include more than 2500 registered guests. While the entire facility will be open for the event, space is still limited. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. It is important to sign up now at mmclinic.com to reserve your spot. The free event will be held at MMC’s newest Garrison Drive facility (1272 Garrison Drive) in the Murfreesboro Gateway. For more information, visitmmclinic.com or call 893-4480.