The James Debuts All-Digital Mobile Mammography Unit  

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Posted: 5/7/2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is hitting the road Monday (5/11) with a new, advanced mobile mammography unit to help central Ohio women fight breast cancer.

The new mobile unit is the first in central Ohio to offer 100-percent digital X-ray capabilities, which results in the production of images in a shorter amount of time than traditional analog imaging involving film, and makes the mammograms easier to manipulate by the diagnostic radiologist. In addition to providing faster results, digital breast imaging is especially valuable for younger patients with dense breasts, as breast cancer can be more difficult to detect in these patients.

“Since 55 percent of women who need annual mammograms are in the workforce, we’re providing a critical service to women who might not otherwise take the time to get one,” says Dr. Adele Lipari, breast imaging section chief at The James. “Mammograms are essential for early detection; and in about 10 percent of cases, they help us to detect something we need to further investigate,” says Lipari, who is also chief radiologist for JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Health Services in Dublin and an associate professor of clinical radiology at Ohio State.

The James was the first hospital system in central Ohio to utilize a mobile unit for mammography services. This new unit will further the tradition of The James’ mobile mammography program, now in its 21st year, to reach women in corporate and community settings with quality, efficient and cost-effective mammography and provide critical education about the importance of early breast cancer detection. Since its inception in 1988, the program has provided services to more than 100,000 women in central Ohio and beyond.

The James mobile mammography program, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology, makes regular stops at more than 100 businesses annually. Companies are either billed for the mammogram or the procedure is billed through an individual’s insurance.

“Digital mammography represents the latest in breast imaging and we’re excited to utilize this technology by means of a mobile unit so we can reach more women and continue saving lives through early detection,” says John Giga, mammography manager for JamesCare Comprehensive Breast Health Services.

Since its inception, The James mobile mammography program has made a strong commitment to provide mammography services to the underserved and uninsured in Franklin County and nearby counties, including Crawford, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Guernsey, Meigs, Noble, Perry, Richland, Union and Vinton.

The mobile mammography program charges women without insurance a fee to cover the procedure and readings. Free mammograms are also available to those who qualify for various grant programs through organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

Proceeds from the annual Celebration for Life fundraising event helped purchase the mobile mammography unit. The benefit contributes to the James Fund for Life, an annual fund campaign at Ohio State chaired by Abigail and Les Wexner. Judy and Steve Tuckerman are this year’s event chairs for the fundraiser to be held May 16.

For more information on The James’ mobile mammography unit or to schedule a mammogram with The James, call 614-293-4455 or visit

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is one of only 40 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and the only freestanding cancer hospital in the Midwest. Ranked among the top 20 cancer hospitals in the nation, The James is the 175-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University.

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Eileen Scahill
Medical Center Communications

Tags: Breast Cancer; Breast Health; Cancer; Community Programs; Diagnostic Services; James Cancer Hospital; OSU Medical Center

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