The mammography bus, with updated equipment and digital imaging, will travel around the region to provide mammograms for women in rural towns.
"Digital mammography enables us to see through dense breast tissue a lot better," Kennelly said. "It lets us see all the way to the skin line of the breast. Before, that was hard to see. It was hard to see everything on that playing field."
Radiologists can use the technology on the bus to manipulate images and get closer looks at areas of concern and can lighten or shade areas to improve clarity, she said.
The bus being replaced was equipped with analog equipment technology that provided poor resolution in comparison to digital imaging, said
Digital imaging technology is already used in the Arrington Comprehensive Breast Center, she said.
"There's been a real improvement in the quality of mammograms (with digital imaging)," Ronaghan said.
Easy storing for digital images is another perk of having the technology on the bus, Ronaghan said.
The bus also contains other preliminary testing tools such as ultrasound equipment, Kennelly said.
"If needed, while you're here, if he thinks we need to take extra pictures, have an ultrasound done, we take pictures here," she said. "We do basic screening on the bus. If the radiologist looks and sees there is something we need to take extra pictures of then we bring patients into the breast center. A lot of patients have barriers of transportation or lack of funding to drive to
Having a mammography bus is convenient for people without access to an imaging center, she said.
"That's what's fantastic," she said. "This is a wide open area of
One-third of the
"They saw the need for this bus to go out in the region and they felt strongly for the care it can provide in the surrounding communities," Kerr said of Covenant employees. "Employees make up a panel and decide where the money goes. So the employee panel this last year felt the mobile mammography bus was one of the main things that should be funded."
The rest was funded by the
"Mammography is the best screening modality that we have for breast cancer," Ronaghan said.
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