Saint Joseph Hospital today unveiled its new, state-of-the art mobile mammography van. The 24-foot van is a full-service breast cancer screening clinic and is outfitted with the very latest 3D mammography (also known as tomosynthesis mammography) equipment. This van replaces another mobile mammography unit that Saint Joseph Hospital used for more than 10 years. Saint Joseph Hospital estimates that more than 4,000 women will get their mammograms through the mobile unit this year.
Among the vans notable features is breast density software, which calculates a woman's breast density while the mammogram is taking place. This is important as women who are on the higher end of the breast density scale carry a higher risk for breast cancer some time during their lifetime.
The set up of the mobile mammography van is very similar to what is found in any clinic. In addition to the mammography equipment and workstation for the radiology technologist, there is a small waiting area, two changing rooms, warm gowns for patients, and a simple check-in process. As in a traditional clinic, the entire process takes 20 minutes.
“If a woman has her mammogram annually from age 40 on, she has her best chance of finding cancer that's in an early enough stage to be cured,” said Dr. Jerome Schroeder, director of imaging for the Breast Care Center at Saint Joseph Hospital. “This mobile unit makes it easy and convenient for employers to provide a potentially lifesaving screening for their employees.”
Employers and organizations that are interested in having the mobile mammography unit visit their site can call 303-318-3419 or email Jackie.Stansfield@sclhs.net
to schedule a visit.
"Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors we were able to raise nearly $700,000 to provide this lifesaving service to thousands of women across Colorado," said Megan Mahncke, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “The mobile mammography unit ties back to our 142-year history of providing quality, compassionate care to the people of Colorado.”
The Saint Joseph Hospital mobile mammography van was made possible by support from the James and Beatrice Salah Charitable Fund, the Safeway Foundation, associates of Saint Joseph Hospital and the generosity of the community. Many women served by the mobile mammography unit are uninsured or underinsured. Saint Joseph Hospital partners with Susan G. Komen Colorado, the State of Colorado's Well Woman Connection program, individual donors and other funders to cover the costs of mammography for every woman in need.