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Mobile Mammography

Chesapeake Regional’s Mobile Mammography Unit is available to schedule customized screening days at your office, organization, church or community center. We bring everything to your chosen site, making it easy for every female at your location to complete their annual screening mammogram . All you have to do is provide space in your parking lot, market the screening day and provide the easy-to-use, customized scheduling link to your employees or group. We’ll show up 45 minutes before the first appointment time.

Individual appointments can also be scheduled on available screening days open to the public.

If you experience trouble registering or viewing available slots, please call 757-312-6400 or visit this page

Our Technology

Approved by the FDA for use in 2011, 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, uses a computer process to turn digital images of the breast, obtained at various angles, into very thin slices. This allows radiologists to view the breast tissue in thin layers. Our Mobile Mammography Unit is equipped with Hologic’s C-View ™ technology that allows us to compose a 2D image from a 3D mammogram. While image quality is increased,  the amount of radiation exposure to the patient is significantly decreased.

A study published in the journal Radiology in 2014 noted that 3D mammography improved breast cancer detection by 27 percent over traditional, 2D mammography. Additionally, a 2014 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 3D mammography can improve the detection of more invasive and deadly cancers. The study involved nearly half a million women and determined that 3D mammography, combined with traditional 2D mammography, increased detection rates of invasive cancers by 41 percent and a and reduced additional screenings, or false alarms, by 15 percent.

Site Visit Guidelines FAQs

If you would like to schedule our Mobile Mammography Unit for a screening day at your facility, please read over the following:

  • You will need to block off space in your parking lot. Please block off ten parking spaces to ensure we have enough room for the unit.
  • We can accommodate 20 screenings in an 8 hour day.
  • We will provide you with a link for your customized screening day schedule. Please pass this link along to employees or group members so they can choose their screening time.
  • Health insurance billing and payments will be facilitated by our hospital, as they would for any on site? screening or mammogram.
  • Patients may incur a small fee to opt for 3D mammograms, if not covered by their insurance. If your business is willing to cover this fee for your employees, please speak to us ahead of time so we can outline options that may be available for you. 

FAQs

How do I schedule an appointment for myself if I am not a part of a company hosting a screening day?

We will have screening days for the general public. To see our Mobile Mammography Unit schedule, and to book an appointment at one of the locations most convenient for you, fill-out the form above. If you have any questions, feel free to call 757-312-6400 or email chesapeakemammo@chesapeakeregional.com

Can I get a mammogram if I’m under age 40?

Unfortunately, we will not perform screening mammograms on the Mobile Mammography Unit for patients under age 40. Whether you should have a screening mammogram prior to age 40 is a conversation you should have with your physician. If your physician has recommended one, please call our regular scheduling service at 757-312-6137.

Will the Mobile Mammography Unit perform diagnostic mammograms?

No, we are only offering screening mammograms to patients who are age 40 and over with no prior history of breast cancer and no current breast health concerns such as pain, lumps, etc. If you need to schedule a diagnostic mammogram prescribed by your physician, please call 757-312-6137.

Does the Mobile Mammography Unit offer privacy?

Yes, the unit is designed to be a comfortable and discreet space for you to receive your mammogram. There is a separate changing area and mammography room on the coach to provide the utmost privacy. 

Is the Mobile Mammography Unit handicap accessible?

Yes!

If my insurance does not cover 3D mammography, how much will I have to pay to have it done?

Insurance will still be billed. You may have to pay $15 out of pocket in addition to radiology fees.

Will walk-ins be accepted?

Yes, if appointments are free at that time, we will accept walk-in patients.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my mammogram?

If possible, please remove deodorant, powder and/or perfume prior to your exam. If you are currently nursing, the breast should be emptied prior to the exam.

What if I have breast implants?

We can still perform the exam, but it will take longer than 20 minutes. When you are scheduled, you will be scheduled for two time slots.  Please call our scheduler at 757-312-6400 to ensure adequate appointment space is available, as our online system will not book patients into multiple appointment slots.

How long will the exam take?

The exam should take approximately 20 minutes.

Should I bring any prior mammogram films with me?

Yes, if possible, please bring any mammography films from prior screenings. If you are unable to bring films, please provide the date and location of your last mammogram.

When will my physician receive the results?

Our radiologist will read the mammography films within 24 hours. The reports will go out to physicians the following business day. Please be able to provide the name and phone number for your primary care physician’s office.

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