|To make an appointment for the Sentara Digital Mobile Mammography Van, please register online or call 1-800-SENTARA. To schedule the van for a specific location, please call (757) 261-6914. |
Sentara's new digital mobile mammography van makes mammogram appointments fast and convenient for women in the Hampton Roads area.
By offering women the option of a mobile unit coming to their employer or other locations near their home, women can more easily set aside the time for this important screening tool. Annual mammograms are recommend for women age 40 and older.
The 38-foot fully equipped mobile mammography van with a hotel-like interior and two private dressing rooms offers all digital mammography
. Digital mammography is proven to be a better screening tool for breast cancer, especially in women who are 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 are easily transferable for second opinions.
The breast images from the mobile mammography van are read by the very same radiologists who read mammograms at the Sentara Leigh Comprehensive Breast Center
The mobile mammography van represents a $652,000 investment in Hampton Roads' women’s health. The auxiliaries at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
, Sentara Leigh Hospital
, and Sentara CarePlex Hospital
contributed to the purchase of the van. At no cost to businesses, the van is scheduled to visit more than 60 employers across Hampton Roads at numerous locations this year
More details on the Sentara Mobile Mammography van:
Central air/heating system with back-up A/C unit
Platform step for safer patient entry
38 feet long x 102 inches wide
It is NOT recommended that women with any of the following conditions use the mobile mammography van but instead go to a facility where a radiologist is present to read the films immediately. These patients fall into a "diagnostic" mammogram category:
Women with a serious breast problem such as a lump, thickening, bloody discharge from the nipple, recent inverted nipple, "orange peel" texture to the skin, redness or discoloration of the breast or any other recent changes that are not normal for the patient.
Women who are under the age of 35
Women with breast implants will not be done on the mobile van.
Women with a personal history of breast cancer
Women coming back for the first mammogram after having breast surgery for any abnormal condition
Women coming back for a follow-up mammogram less than 12 months from their most recent normal mammogram.
To make an appointment for the Sentara Digital Mobile Mammography Van, please register online or call 1-800-SENTARA.
To schedule the van for a specific location, please call (757) 261-6914.