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On the road: Mobile mammography units expand access to breast care

Mobile mammography is a powerful tool to expand access to important screenings for women in the fight against breast cancer. Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) has three mobile units that provide a variety of services including mammography, bone density screenings and molecular breast imaging.

MCHS recently displayed one of its mobile units in Chippewa Falls for Paint the Town Pink, an annual event to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. As a main sponsor of Paint the Town Pink, MCHS providers and staff hosted a number of informational and inspirational booths in Chippewa Falls’ downtown.

MCHS’ mobile fleet has traveled to 70 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. In 2016, 5,785 patients were seen in MCHS’ mobile mammography units, and 26 positive tests for breast cancer were found during these screenings.

The units provide state-of-the-art mammograms with digital imaging equipment and computer-aided detection. This leads to precise integration of image data for the best possible image, less patient discomfort and efficient transfer of imaging information to doctors.

A lack of resources and health care services, particularly in rural areas, has made the mobile units an important asset to many communities across Wisconsin. Take a look inside the unit, and find out more about this exciting and life-saving technology.

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