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Mammogram on Wheels

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

October 24, 2005

The UVA Medical Center is going mobile. They purchased a digital mammography van, the first in the state of Virginia, that screenings for signs of breast cancer. Mammography goes mobile with this state of the art mammography machine.

"Digital is basically state of the art technology. It is unusual for digital to be on a moving vehicle so we're real excited that we do have it now moving out into the community," said Linda Rose, a program manager at the UVA Cancer Center.

The van is only one of four mammo vans in the nation geared toward helping women get screenings that wouldn't have otherwise.

"It has been proven that women won't travel more than 21 miles for a screening mammogram so therefore the importance of getting to the woman is the idea," said Rose.

Stephanie Adair-Toteff agrees with the idea of convenience. The van made a stop in the Panera Bread parking lot and all she had to do is make a quick phone call.

"I immediately got a response [and] I immediately got an appointment from Melissa at a time that was very convenient and very workable for me," said Adair-Toteff, a breast cancer survivor.

For her, mammograms like this are a matter of life and death. If she didn't have a breast cancer screening a few years ago she wouldn't be here today.

For all women 35 or older, UVA has made the screening process that much easier.

The van's next stop is Richmond. To schedule an appointment, women can call 434-924-9210.


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