Friday, January 21, 2011

Mobile mammography center takes the road

On Monday, Jan. 24, Charlotte Radiology will launch a new mobile mammography unit to provide early screening for breast cancer for women in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union and York counties.

The mobile unit is 38 feet long, with a registration and waiting area, two private dressing rooms and a private exam room. Staffed by two certified mammography technologists, the unit offers digital mammography, which provides better quality exams, reduces radiation and shortens exam times.

Each exam will be interpreted by a board-certified physician who specializes in breast imaging. Most appointments take less than 30 minutes.

About 68 percent of women ages 40 and above have had a mammogram within the past two years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mecklenburg County reports more than 120 cases of breast cancer per 100,000 people, higher than the national average, according to the National Cancer Institute.

To schedule a mammogram, call 704-367-2232 or go to

To schedule the mobile breast center at your business, call Charlotte Radiology at 704-334-7811.