Chesapeake Regional Healthcare rolls out new mobile mammography unit

On Sept. 15, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare unveiled the first 3D Mobile Mammography Unit in Hampton Roads. The goal is to make the life-saving technology more accessible. Photo courtesy: Greg Gadberry
On Sept. 15, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare unveiled the first 3D Mobile Mammography Unit in Hampton Roads. The goal is to make the life-saving technology more accessible. Photo courtesy: Greg Gadberry

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Chesapeake Regional Healthcare is rolling out a new high-tech mobile mammography unit. It’s for all of the women out there who say they just don’t have time to get a mammogram.

It’s not the only one in town, but Chesapeake boasts theirs is the first with 3D technology. “I’ve been reading these for 25 years and I can tell you the 3D is what my wife gets,” Radiologist Dr. David Cohen told WAVY.com.

Photos: Mammograms Go Mobile

Dr. Cohen points to studies that show with 3D, detection rates go up and false positives go down. “It’s really the best way of detecting breast cancer that we have.”

And now that it’s on wheels Mammography Lead Michelle Waszak says it means there are no excuses.

Waszak’s team will take the unit anywhere, to your office, church, or community event. “You’ll just come in and everything will be filed with your insurance,” she explained.

The whole process will take you about 20 minutes. The doctors will read the mammogram in 24 hours and get the results out ASAP.

Dr. Cohen said, “Frankly, if you go to a workplace and you see all your friends for an event having these mammograms on a particular day, you’re probably more likely to get one.”

It’s like positive peer pressure – in a pretty pink package.

The mobile unit will roll out in October. If you would like to schedule it to come to your workplace or event there’s a form online. or email: chesapeakemammo@chesapeakeregional.com

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