Women's Health

Mobile Mammography to Eliminate Barriers to Breast Cancer Screenings

So far, over 78,000 women have used the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's unit

At the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a mobile mammography program was established in 1992 with an overall objective to increase breast cancer screening rates among underserved sites located in the greater Houston area. A majority of the sites that are visited include medical clinics and corporations. The mobile unit operates 4-6 days per week, starting from 6:30 am until 5:00 pm. It includes a registration area, a waiting area, a changing room, and a mammography room, which includes a digital unit accredited by the American College of Radiology. Two rotating registered technologists and a patient services coordination can be found inside the mobile unit. Since the start of the program, over 78,000 women, 33% of whom are medically underserved, have undergone breast cancer screening.