UR Medicine is expanding access to potentially life-saving breast cancer screening with the introduction of a mobile mammography van.
“The Mammo Van ensures equitable access to breast cancer screenings, no matter where you live,” said Kathy Parrinello, chief operating officer for UR Medicine’s Strong Memorial Hospital. “We are providing every woman who needs a screening mammogram the ability to get a mammogram close to home.”
Adorned with pink and purple lilacs, the Mammo Van is 41 feet long and outfitted with modern breast imaging technology. It provides the same amenities and comforts as other imaging centers: high-tech, 3D mammography equipment, private dressing rooms, air conditioning and wheelchair accessibility.
The imaging equipment was funded by longtime URMC Board member Joseph Lobozzo, who passed away earlier this year.
“We appreciate his generous support for this and many other URMC efforts. When he learned about this project, Joe didn’t hesitate to help make it happen,” Parrinello said.
The breast imaging team is scheduling the Mammo Van to visit inner-city community centers, rural towns, indigenous American and Amish communities, organizations supporting migrants, health fairs and other large events. It will also visit UR Medicine clinical practices in Rochester and throughout the region.
Mammography is the gold standard for detecting breast cancer and is recommended annually for women beginning at age 40. Identifying cancer early provides the greatest chance for survival.
“We are passionate about this wide-reaching effort to provide this care close to home,” said Jennifer Harvey, MD, chair of UR Medicine Imaging and a breast imaging expert. “Far too many women don’t get mammograms every year. As physicians, this is concerning because any delay in a breast cancer diagnosis can lead to a worsened outcome.”
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