Spectrum Health expands mobile mammogram service

The Spectrum Health mobile mammography unit, offer 3D mammography in addition to traditional digital screening. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health aims to provide mammograms in the era of COVID-19 in the safest way possible.

All screening facilities available through Spectrum Health and Betty Ford Breast Care Services are open and are following the CDC guidelines for safe operations. In addition, the Betty Ford Breast Care Services Mobile Mammography Unit expanded the number of locations on its schedule to allow more women to be screened for potential breast concerns.

“Our mobile unit is designed to allow for each patient to receive care without other patients nearby,” said Gerri Roobol, director of Betty Ford Breast Care and Cancer Services. “We are also able to ensure that the unit is completely cleaned between appointments.”

Spectrum Health — along with medical providers throughout the country — is concerned that patients are avoiding important screenings and health care because of a fear of potential exposure to COVID-19.

“We don’t want people to put off their mammograms or other screenings or appointments because, particularly when cancer is involved, the sooner we can begin treatment, the better,” Roobol said.

The Spectrum Health mobile mammography unit, as well as all of the Betty Ford Breast Care Services locations, offer 3D mammography in addition to traditional digital screening. The 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, has proven particularly effective in screening patients with dense breasts.

Betty Ford Breast Care Services, which has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, performs more than 95,000 breast imaging studies and diagnostic services annually. Approximately 3,000 of these screenings are provided through the mobile units.

Patients may view the mobile mammography schedule at spectrumhealth.org/mobileunit. To schedule a mammogram screening at a mobile location, call (616) 774-7998.

While insurance is accepted on mobile units, there are free mammograms provided for uninsured or underinsured patients who qualify. For more information about this option, patients can call (616) 486-6022.

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