Taking it to the Streets: Mammovan makes breast cancer screenings easier for Washington, DC, area residents

The George Washington University Medical Center, GW Medical Faculty Associates and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation are using a new state-of-the-art “Mammovan” to perform breast cancer screenings at locations throughout the Greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. GW’s original Mammovan has screened nearly 19,000 women since its introduction in 1996. The new Mammovan continues the good work of its predecessor with updated features and new technology.

Accredited by the American College of Radiology, GW’s Mobile Mammography program offers digital mammography screenings to women in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. More than 71 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer on the Mammovan, most of them in the very early stages of the disease. Anyone diagnosed on the van receives all necessary treatment and follow-up, even if they have no health insurance and cannot afford to pay for treatment.

The Mammovan’s equipment meets all requirements of the Mammography Quality Standards Act. The mammogram, performed by a licensed female radiological technologist, takes only 15 minutes. Films are developed on board the Mammovan and checked for technical accuracy. GW radiologists specializing in mammography interpret the films and give women the results within 10 working days.
Furnished like a doctor’s office, the van includes a waiting area with a VCR, two dressing rooms and a mammography suite. The van is wheelchair accessible and measures approximately 40 feet long, eight feet wide and 12 feet high.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. Today, 63 percent of breast cancers are found when they are localized and have not yet spread beyond the breast. When detected and treated in these early stages, the five year survival rate is more than 97 percent.

For additional information…

Visit the website at www.gwdocs.com 
To schedule a visit to any site, call (202) 741-3274.
To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, call (202) 741-3252.