Thanks to a $725,000 grant from the Potomac Health Foundation, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center now has a new Mobile Digital Mammography Van for Northern Virginia.
In the Prince William County area there is a lack of early detection and treatment of breast cancer, particularly for low income women, leading to a high rate of deaths from breast cancer. Data indicate that the cancers are detected at a late, more serious stage, which signifies the need for improved early detection and treatment.
The Sentara Digital Mammography Van will improve access to mammography screening services for women and will link patients with necessary follow up diagnosis and treatment services. An additional benefit will be the use of the Mammography Van’s exam room for a variety of women’s health issues, including well women exams and health education and counseling.
“The mammography mobile unit is a 40-foot coach that has full digital mammography with computer aided detection,” says Marty Ward, senior director at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. “We will partner with the Family Health Connection to serve those with little or no insurance and we’ll also partner with communities, organizations, businesses and houses of worship to provide convenient care to their insured employees or members, making access even more convenient for Northern Virginia residents.”
Please contact the Mobile Mammography team at 703-523-1997 for more information.