Mobile Mammography

Since 2006, a huge pink and white trailer has been seen in corporate parking lots in Nebraska City, Lincoln, Crete and around the Omaha area.

Commissioned by corporate wellness directors or human resources departments, the Medical Imaging Consultants Mammography Service travels to companies performing onsite mammography screening for female employees 40 and older. The service accommodates women who might not be able to take time out of their busy schedules to travel to a screening appointment.

No generator hookup is necessary for the mammovan’s operation. All that is required is a safe, employee-accessible place to park. Three women can be screened per hour using the service’s 2D digital imagery equipment. Exams typically are completed in 15-20 minutes so loss of productive work time is minimal. Images are then read by Dr. Robert Faulk, a licensed breast imaging specialist. 

Before each mammovan visit, the required paperwork must be completed. A minimum of 10 women must be scheduled in order to avoid a $150 set-up charge. Medical Imaging Consultants will take self-referrals but in the event of an abnormal reading, a provider must become involved. When it comes to payment, major insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Every Woman Matters or a $200 corporate check are all accepted. 

Click the following link for a copy of the Mobile Coach Flyer. Contact Kim Moss at 402.592.0711 if you would like more information. 

In a January 2018 article published in the Nebraska World-Heraldhealth care providers in Nebraska are joining the nationwide switch to 3-D mammograms. In fact, Methodist will launch the area’s first 3-D mobile mammography unit in June 2018 in partnership with Susan G. Komen® Great Plains, the Harper Family Foundation and others to help more women get screened.

The switch to 3-D mammography has happened primarily because it’s been shown to improve cancer detection and result in fewer false positive results, reducing “callbacks” for additional screenings by 15 percent to 40 percent, depending on the study. Standard mammograms take X-rays from two sides of the breast. In 3-D mammography, X-ray machines take pictures of thin slices of the breast from different angles, and computer software reconstructs an image in a process similar to a CT scan.

3-D mammography also does a better job on the 40 percent of women who have dense breasts. Nebraska and Iowa last year joined what now stands at 31 states that require physicians to notify women that they have dense tissue. A bill also has been introduced at the federal level.

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