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Avera Medical Minute: New Digital Mammography Truck

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An inside look at the spacious Avera McKennan Digital Mammography Truck. An inside look at the spacious Avera McKennan Digital Mammography Truck.

ETC. Magazine is holding its 5th Annual Expo for Her Friday Oct. 15th and Saturday 16th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. It always coincides with South Dakota's big Pheasant Opener. While the boys are hunting ring necks, the girls are flushing out some great buys.  But you will also find something new outside the Expo this year, Avera McKennan's brand new Mobile Digital Mammography Truck. It will be parked outside the Convention Center.

Jill Schultz is the Breast Health Manager at the Avera Breast Center in Sioux Falls. She says, "Digital brings us to the highest most state-of- the-art quality. It's able to detect more early stage cancers using digital technologies and we can see the images immediately instead of processing film in a dark room so it speeds up the exam time and allows us to transfer the images electronically and have higher quality and detail in those images."

The 50 foot trailer truck has the same state-of-the-art technology and amenities you'll find in the Avera Breast Center on the Avera McKennan Campus, including 2 private dressing rooms, but this moving clinic comes to you. 

Schultz says, "We know how important it is to have mammography every year after the age of 40 and this is one way of helping bring that service to our customers and to areas that they are familiar with, albeit the workplace, assisted living, hometown clinic or hospital."

Repeat patients are also probably familiar with Jerry Zins. He's been the mammo truck driver and registrar (he registers people before the mammogram) for the past 12 years.  On any given day he will be somewhere in the 3 state region in a 125 mile radius of Sioux Falls.

Zins says, "We can do patients a lot quicker without having to process film. We are able to get patients in and out of the truck quicker. We generally schedule patients every 15 minutes, but they are in the truck usually only 10 minutes. If they we are at their worksite, for example, they come out to the truck and in less time then their coffee break they are in and out of the truck and back to work which has made it really convenient for businesses."

Something to think about as you head to the Expo for Her. Take a 15 minute break from shopping with the girls, to get your girls checked. It's multitasking at it's best!

Call now to make an appointment for a mammogram during the Expo. Call 877-AT-AVERA.



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