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Published on November 19, 2019

Avera Breast Center's 3D mobile mammo unit

Businesses Supporting Women Employees with Mobile Mammograms

One in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. Beginning at age 40, women should begin scheduling their yearly mammograms so that any abnormalities can be detected during the disease’s earliest and most treatable stages.

With busy schedules to keep, scheduling and attending an annual mammogram may feel like a hassle. If it’s a yearly exam, some may be tempted to procrastinate until next year; before they know it, five years have passed!

The Avera Breast Center mobile 3-D digital mammography unit brings the appointment to women at convenient locations, including their workplace. If you own a business, the women employed at your workplace can receive their annual mammogram during a time frame that spans merely 15 minutes.

For more than 30 years, Avera has offered mobile mammo services to women in Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. In the past, a small van traveled to locations and unloaded equipment into hospitals, clinics and businesses. Today, the mobile mammo unit is significantly bigger — an impressive semi-tractor trailer that is as unique on the inside as it is on the outside.

The mobile mammo amenities include:

  • Private setting which includes dressing rooms and exam area
  • State-of-the-art 3-D mammography equipment, accredited by the American College of Radiology and FDA certified
  • Soft mammography cushioning for increased comfort
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Efficient filing to insurance
  • Results report sent to providers

The Avera Breast Center and the mobile mammo unit staff work closely with businesses for a successful screening event. "After you call us, we will organize the event with little involvement on the hosting business' part," said Jasele Brue, registered mammography radiologist at the Avera Breast Center. "The mobile mammo is self-sufficient, meaning there’s no need for external power outlets or internal business space."

3D mobile mammo unit serving Mitchell, Pierre and Yankton3D mobile mammo unit serving Mitchell, Pierre and Yankton

In addition to the services based in Sioux Falls, a new 3-D mobile mammo unit began serving patients in the Yankton, Mitchell and Pierre regions in October.

Avera has the marketing materials on hand to help you inform employees about the mobile mammo coming to your business. When they call the provided number, Avera’s staff will schedule their mammogram on the expected date as well as file insurance claims on the day of exams. In addition, if an interested participant did not schedule her exam, the mobile mammo often has the capacity to take walk-ins.

"Avera’s mobile mammo unit makes getting your 3-D mammogram so convenient and easy, there is practically no reason NOT to do it," said Katie Van Beek, director of breast health at Avera.

It’s a win-win situation for all. Proactive health screenings are taking place in less time than if an employee would take off time for the exact same screening, and employers are elevating the health of their employees, boosting loyalty and on-the-job morale.

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