Inside Ascension St. Vincent Evansville mobile mammography unit

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HENDERSON, Ky (WEHT) Early detection is key to when it comes to treating cancer. To make it easier for women to take control of their health, Ascension St. Vincent Evansville is unveiling a piece of technology on wheels.

Gretchen Ross: “Pretty soon on roadways all across the Tri-State you will see this new mobile mammography unit or coach Ascension St. Vincent Evansville and it’s giving better access to healthcare for women. And joining me now is Shelia Houck to tell us about this unit and how it’s helping women.”

Sheila Hauck/Acension St. Vincent Evansville Breast Center Director: “Well, this unit is the new state-of-the-art three-dimensional total synthesis mammography coach that is available to businesses and industries across the Tri-State. So, if someone’s interested in having this coach come to their business, their health fair their industry to have screening mammography on their facility they need to call us at 812-485-4437. “

Gretchen: “And this features 3-D correct?”

Sheila: “Oh, it is. The latest state of the art is three-dimensional mammography. This is the best mechanism for a cure for women today. It’s important that you have a mammogram at the age of 40 every year till just about the rest of your life. I want to talk to you a little bit more about our unit, this is Jaqi Garnett, one of our mammography technologists.”

Gretchen:“So, Jaqi, kind of explain what we have here before us.”

Jaqi Garnett/Acension St. Vincent Evansville Mammographer “The mammography unit that we have on our coach now is the same as you would get if you came to our Epworth location breast center. This does provide all of our patients with the newest 3D technology that Shelia had mentioned. The really nice thing about the 3D technology is for younger women, women with dense breast tissue or women who’ve had breast cancer, it does pick up smaller cancers that we can find at an early stage so we have a better prognosis or outcome for that patient. So, this really is the best that you can get and again it’s the same that we have at our breast center.

Gretchen: “Why is this so important for you all to have this on wheels to take to a major company?”

Jaqi: “There are a lot of patients who, due to their work schedules, they’re not able to get to the breast center, you know, during the week when our normal business hours are. So, we like to take this to factories, different health care facilities in rural areas to reach those women who may not otherwise to get to our facility to have their screening mammogram.”

Gretchen: “So, the company coordinates with you all and then women sign up and then they can board right here on this coach?”

Jaqi: “Absoutely, yes mam.

Gretchen: “Then what’s back here to kind of show?”

Jaqi: “This is our technical area. This is where we stand and actually take the images and expose the images. This is where the mammograms take place. And we have some nice changing rooms in here. We kind of wanted to give the same feel we offer at the breast center at Epworth. Just that warm feeling so they can feel as comfortable as they can for a process that they don’t really like doing so.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 21, 2020)

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