Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Doctors have LSU Health Shreveport's Feist-Weiller Cancer Center now have extra bragging rights. They have one of only two 3-D mammography machines in Louisiana, and they have the only mobile version. Their mammography machine isn't confined to any one location, instead it will travel throughout north Louisiana in a van as part of the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center's Partners-in-Wellness program.
The program has been providing screens for uninsured and underinsured in north and central Louisiana for more than a decade, and they hope the new machine will convince more people to come out and receive regular breast cancer screenings.
The 3-D tomosynthesis system improves physicians’ ability to detect problems in the breast, resulting in fewer false-positive findings thereby reducing the number of additional tests and medical expenses.
The new van will also feature real-time reading capabilities for radiologists and enhanced clinical areas and communications equipment.
Purchased with funds with the Carroll Feist endowment and operated with various government grants, the mobile screening clinic is made possible with the assistance of the Shreveport-Bossier Susan G. Komen affiliate, Louisiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Shreveport-Bossier Community Foundation, Northwest Regional Circle K Operations and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana.