CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 15, 2016 – Charlotte Radiology is expanding – again – its mobile mammography services by adding a fourth mobile breast center to its fleet. Responding to increased demand for convenient access to early screening for breast cancer, the new mobile unit will help Charlotte Radiology serve more women in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and York counties. And well beyond.
The new mobile unit, ready to roll on April 1, will be the first in the Carolinas and only the 13th in the United States to offer digital breast tomosynthesis, more commonly known as 3-D mammography. 3-D mammography creates multiple images that allow radiologists to look at different layers of breast tissue. It’s of greatest benefit to women with dense breast tissue and women having their first mammogram.
The primary benefits of 3-D mammography include reduced call backs for false positives and better visualization of breast tissue, which leads to greater visibility of small cancers. “Tomo,” as it’s also known, takes about the same amount of time as a traditional 2-D mammogram and requires a $55 out-of-pocket charge. Insurance does not yet cover the service.
Since 2011, Charlotte Radiology’s mobile units have performed more than 40,000 mammograms in 15 states in the southern United States – from Florida to Virginia and as far west as Texas. The newest screening unit will further improve access for women prone to delaying their screening mammograms – or not getting them at all. The mobile units provide “breast health expertise on wheels” at special events, health fairs and businesses.
“The mobile breast centers bring early breast cancer detection right to the workplace, allowing health-conscious employers the opportunity to provide their employees with a more convenient option for breast cancer screening,” said Katie Yarborough, Charlotte Radiology’s corporate health and community relations manager.
Exams can be billed to insurance, and there’s no additional cost to the hosting organization. A minimum number of patients is required. Learn more and view a calendar of events at mobilebreastcenter.com. To schedule an event, contact Katie Yarborough at 704.334.7812.
“We have the ability to operate our mobile units seven days a week and provide services to employees during first, second and third shifts to meet the needs of a company’s employee population,” she continued.
Charlotte Radiology is a member of Strategic Radiology, the nation’s largest consortium of independent, subspecialized radiology groups. That partnership allows Charlotte Radiology to expand its services even beyond the 15-state region it has served previously.
“Most mobile units are licensed only in the state they originate in, and many only serve the county they’re based in,” said Yarborough. “Our program is one of a few able to expand across many states. It’s our Belk partnership that has allowed our physicians to become licensed throughout Belk’s territory. For companies with employees spread across a number of geographies, having one mobile provider allows for the standardization of care.”
The new 38.6-foot-long, state-of-the-art breast screening facility joins three other mobile units in Charlotte Radiology’s fleet. Three are operated by Charlotte Radiology, and one is operated in partnership with Belk.
Each mobile breast center is staffed by two certified female mammography technologists and outfitted with a registration and waiting area, private dressing rooms and an exam room. Once an exam is performed, a board-certified radiologist interprets the mammogram and sends the confidential results to the patient and her primary care physician.
Each mobile breast center has the capacity to screen about 5,000 women each year. About half the women screened at one of Charlotte Radiology’s corporate partners are either new to mammography or overdue for a mammogram by two or more years. Charlotte Radiology’s mobile mammography units serve more than 90 businesses throughout the lower East Coast, Southeast and the Gulf states.
About Charlotte Radiology Breast Center
Charlotte Radiology, established in 1967, is one of the largest radiology groups in the country. It operates 14 breast center locations, including two mobile breast centers, serving more than 100,000 women each year. All breast centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology, certified by the FDA and recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. For more information: www.mobilebreastcenter.com.