University Hospital reveals return of mobile bus providing full mammography, radiology services

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Mobile mammogram bus aims to bring solutions to breast cancer disparities
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NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- University Hospital just re-launched its gamechanger in the fight against breast cancer.

The hospital on Thursday announced the return of it's $1.2 million mobile radiology lab in Newark, which can do 4,000 mammograms a year. And yes, women won't be able miss the big black and pink bus -- named "Mammography in Motion" -- in their New Jersey neighborhood.

"Women in the community can have full mammography services without the ability to pay," said University Hospital Board of Directors Chair Tanya Freeman.

As of 2024, Newark has the highest late-stage diagnosis of breast cancer in the state for women of color.

"At University Hospital, 30% of the women who come to us are already in the late stages of the disease," said surgical oncologist Dr. Susan Pories.

"There should be no single woman of the right age and right interval that should not be getting their screenings," added University Hospital President and CEO Ed Jimenez.

The return of the bus comes after it was halted during COVID.

During the 12 years it was in service, the bus screened 18,000 people, detected 220 breast cancer cases with 67% of being a late-stage diagnosis which significantly lowers the survival rate.

"This is it. This is the real deal," New Jersey Commissioner of Health Dr. Kaitlan Baston. "This to me, is exactly the direction that we need to be going in healthcare in New Jersey."

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