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Women’s Health on Wheels

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

Unlike conventional X-ray mammography, which requires films to be processed and printed, digital mammography produces visual results that can be viewed by technologists at the mobile center and relayed immediately via satellite to experts at Walter Reed and Hopkins. Based on the expert readings, the women can be informed if they need additional tests or procedures, such as diagnostic mammography or breast biopsies, while they are still at the center, helping ensure they receive prompt, effective follow-up care. Another advantage of digital mammography is that it can reduce patient call-backs, an important consideration in remote or underserved areas. Call-backs occur when patients must return for imaging because of uncertainty over findings. With digital technology, doctors can enhance the digital image in a variety of ways with a computer, obtaining multiple views from a fewer number of images. As an added plus, digital mammography uses less radiation than conventional mammography.

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Maternal Child Health

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Site or Location Name: Mobile Digital Mammography

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