3D mammography goes mobile in Rowan County

Novant Health Rowan Medical Center is the first facility at Novant Health to have a mobile coach outfitted with 3-D mammography. The vehicle is currently being customized and will be ready for use late spring 2017.

The mobile coach offers women in the Rowan County area another type of mammogram screening. 3-D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, provides advanced imaging that can detect the smallest potential breast cancer. Increased precision means less anxiety and fewer follow-up procedures.

The 39-foot-long coach is built by Winnebago and staffed by trained mammography technicians. The vehicle is completely self-contained with its own generator and requires nothing more than a safe location where it can park to provide screenings. The mobile mammography coach will visit workplaces and other locations throughout Rowan County and surrounding areas.

Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death in women. The 3-D mammography technology can detect 41 percent more invasive breast cancers than traditional mammograms and cuts down on false positives and callbacks by up to 40 percent.

The Cannon Foundation and Charitable Trust awarded the Novant Health Rowan Medical Center Foundation $323,000 towards the purchase of the custom-built coach. The 2016 fall Patron’s Ball fundraiser raised the remaining funds needed.

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