On Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the van will be at the PALM Health parking lot at 9160 Clayton Road in Ladue.
The van, operated by Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, improves the convenience and availability of mammography, offering screenings by appointment at various locations in the St. Louis area and beyond. Using state-of-the-art digital equipment that emits the lowest possible radiation dose, technologists obtain two-view mammograms. Each exam takes about 20 minutes, requiring very little time from a patient’s busy schedule. Results are reported to the patient and her physician within seven to 10 days.
The van is also equipped with high-resolution 3-D digital technology called tomosynthesis, a technology uses X-rays to create multiple images. Then a computer digitally recreates the breast, allowing the radiologist to page through the scans on a computer screen like pages in a book or on an iPad or Kindle, seeing the breast 1 millimeter at a time. This technology has been shown to not only reduce false alarms, but also help reveal more breast cancers.
Siteman’s mobile mammography program is the longest-running of its kind in the country. The center’s newest van, which spans 40 feet in length, is the fourth in three decades for Siteman.
The mammography van is certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The fee will be billed to the patient, her insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid. Women should bring their insurance card to their appointment.
Call (314) 747-7222 or 800-600-3606 to schedule an appointment. For more screening dates and locations, visit https://siteman.wustl.edu/event-category/mammography/