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Mobile Mammography van replaced with brand new digital mobile unit.

NORFOLK, VA (July 27, 2010 ) – Sentara replaced its original mammography van with a brand new all digital mobile unit. Its first stop in Chesapeake is scheduled for QVC, Inc. call center at 1553 River Birch Run, North.

On Tuesday July 27, women working at QVC can conveniently step outside of their workplace for appointments scheduled every 15 minutes. The new 38-foot fully equipped unit represents a $652,000 investment in women’s health of Hampton Roads.

The auxiliaries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sentara Leigh Hospital, and Sentara CarePlex Hospital contributed to the purchase of the digital mobile mammography van. At no cost to businesses, the van is scheduled to visit more than 60 employers across Hampton Roads, some at numerous locations this year.

With a hotel-like interior, it is designed for convenience and comfort with two private dressing areas to encourage working women to make time for themselves. This important annual health screening is recommended for women age 40 and older.

According to lead mammography tech on the unit Barbara Mcadoo, most patients say ‘If you didn’t come to my office, I wouldn’t get this done.’ For a lot of women, that convenience means they are caring for their own health.

Digital mammography offers significant benefit to patients. It is proven to be a better screening tool for breast cancer, especially in women who were under age 50, or women of any age with very dense breasts. The images are electronic and can be enhanced or enlarged, compared to prior years’ studies, and easily transferable for second opinions. The breast images from the Sentara Mobile Mammography Van are read by the very same radiologists who read mammograms at the Sentara Leigh Comprehensive Breast Center.

New Mobile Van Specifications
240 HP Cummins diesel engine
38' long
102" wide
4 ton central air/heating system with back-up A/C unit
30 KW generator, old one was 20
Platform step for safer patient entry
All digital mammography unit

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Age. Women are more likely to be diagnosed after age 50.
Heredity. Women who tested positively for mutations in BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are at greater risk—3 to 7 times more likely to develop breast cancer.
Family history. Women with close relatives are more likely to develop breast cancer.
Early puberty
Late childbearing
Increased alcohol consumption

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Related Links:
Breast Cancer Care at Sentara
Breast Cancer Screening & Diagnosis
Mammography Services
Sentara Cancer Network

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