Mobile Digital Mammography Van Stops at St. Francis June 7

By JULIET KASZAS-HOCH | May 29, 2019

Brant Beach — Women may avoid regular mammograms for various reasons, including inconvenience. The Dr. Jan Astin Digital Mobile Mammography Van, funded through the AMI Foundation, takes away the hassle. The van is visiting locations throughout New Jersey this month, with a stop scheduled for the St. Francis Center in Brant Beach on Friday, June 7, on behalf of the Long Beach Island Health Department.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome.

Hours of operation are generally 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, those who plan to stop by are asked to call the scheduling department at 609-677-9729 to confirm hours for specific locations.

According to the AMI Foundation of Atlantic Medical Imaging website, amifoundation.net/mammovan, “The custom-built, 38-foot van is completely self-contained. In addition to offering the latest digital mammography equipment, the van provides a comfortable waiting area and a private dressing room.

“The mobile van’s radiology services are accredited by the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Mammography images are read by board-certified fellowship trained radiologists at Atlantic Medical Imaging.”

Digital mammography, which uses a computer rather than conventional film images, helps radiologists better detect breast cancer among some women, including younger women and those with dense breast tissue, the AMI website notes.

Most insurance plans are accepted, and there are funds to provide mammograms to women without insurance.

According to the American Cancer Society, women 40 and older should receive a mammography screening each year. “We also recommend that women have at least one baseline mammography screening between the age of 35 and 40,” the AMI Foundation notes. “So, if it’s time for you to get a mammogram, make an appointment today. Early detection helps save lives.”  —J.K.-H.

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