Women's Health

Mobile Mammography to Eliminate Barriers to Breast Cancer Screenings

In general, these programs face many obstacles

Despite increasing access to screening examinations, mobile mammography programs face several obstacles, including maintenance costs for radiologic equipment, operating expenses, and tracking patient results. Unlike a fixed-site program, these programs have hidden costs, including insurance, maintenance, overtime, marketing, educational services, as well as travel and liability insurance. For this reason, it is necessary to understand the true costs of the operation by conducting a cost-benefit analysis. A few services even offer Medicare reimbursement for technical and professional claims, which can greatly heighten the return on revenue. 

Moreover, communicating the results of the screening examinations to referring healthcare providers and to the patients is of great importance for any mobile mammography program. Patient letters and physician reports must be printed on a daily basis, separating normal and abnormal results. Among certain population groups, inadequate proficiency in the English language may pose a barrier to preventive healthcare services, which is why translators can facilitate in overcoming language barriers.