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Mobile mammograph­y rolling to fight cancer

- From Floyd Medical Center

The Breast Center at Floyd’s Mobile Mammograph­y Coach provided 2,199 mammograms to women in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama in 2020.

Even with the significan­t challenges presented by COVID, the coach traveled 6,786 miles to women in seven Georgia counties and two Alabama counties to make mammograph­y and clinical breast exams convenient for them.

The 40-foot long pink and green medical clinic on wheels proclaims a message of breast health and awareness to the communitie­s it serves.

Specially trained technologi­sts perform mammograms with the same clinical quality and attention to detail that a patient receives from The Breast Center at Floyd. The vehicle, which began its journey in 2008, includes a small, comfortabl­e waiting area and state-of-the-art digital mammograph­y equipment.

Adding 3D capability to the Mobile Mammograph­y Coach was completed in 2019. Threedimen­sional mammograph­y gives radiologis­ts the opportunit­y to see cancers that can hide behind dense breast tissue and gives them a better view of all breast tissue.

3D mammograph­y takes multiple images of breast tissue from many different angles with the X-ray equipment moving in an arc across the breast. These images are then digitally synthesize­d to create three-dimensiona­l images.

“Adding the 3D screening really allows us to provide the best imaging available on a vehicle that can get out into the community and reach many women who might not otherwise get a mammograph­y,” said Aimee Griffin, director of Imaging Services at Floyd and director of The Breast Center at Floyd.

“We knew we needed a strategy to reach women who could not come to us,” she said. “We knew that many women in our community simply could not afford to take time away from work, and many others did not have access to transporta­tion to get to and from an appointmen­t more than five to 10 miles away. We knew we needed a way to take this life-saving screening to them.”

 ?? Ryan Smith, Floyd Medical Center ?? The Breast Center at Floyd’s Mobile Mammograph­y Bus goes to community events.
Ryan Smith, Floyd Medical Center The Breast Center at Floyd’s Mobile Mammograph­y Bus goes to community events.

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