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Buddy Check 7: Mobile Mammography Units open for patients

Each truck has a 3D mammography machine. They provide low-energy x-rays to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 1:31 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Thanks to Marshfield clinic’s mobile mammography units, health care is still on the move. While the pandemic put a lot of things hold, the battle against breast cancer never stopped.

In fact, according to mobile services manager Myron Gadke, Marshfield Clinic found more positive breast cancer diagnoses this year, screening less patients. “We provided 6,000 screening mammograms’ during the pandemic and we found 42 positive breast cancers,” said Gadke.

One way to get a screening is through their mobile mammography unit. The health system has 3 of them. They each will put on forty-thousand miles a year visiting patients across Wisconsin. They travel as far south as Milwaukee, north to Mercer and as far west as Eau Claire.

Even though it’s on wheels, the care is the same as being in a doctors office. Each one has a 3D mammography machine. They provide low-energy x-rays to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening. Using 4G technology the digital images are then sent electronically to a team of radiologists trained in breast imaging for the a diagnosis.

That means in less than 30 minutes, the patient is done. According to Lee Ann Ryta, a mammography team leader, imaging only takes a bout 5 minutes.

“That’s really the ultimate goal to try to make the screening mammogram as easy as possible for all rural Wisconsin patients,” explained Gadke.

The trucks aren’t just for individuals or placed sole outside of Marshfield Clinics. Gadke says private and public businesses can also call and reserve the trucks to be parked outside their place of work for employees. To make appointments call 715-389-0536.

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