Stamford Hospital is saving lives on wheels.
"Early detection is critical," said Mary Henwood-Klotz, the director of the Mobile Wellness Center.
It's mobile wellness center offers breast cancer screenings to women on the go.
"It allows us to bring breast imaging directly, where they live, where they work, their faith-based organizations, their grocery stores," said Henwood-Klotz.
Like Fairway Market. When patients arrive, a fairly quick process begins.
"I introduce myself, make sure they're comfortable, explain, if it's their first time especially, when we're going to do," said Cheryl Joseph, a radiologic technologist with Stamford Hospital.
Joseph says this machine will take 4 digital images or more, to be sent to radiologists at Tully Health Center for examination.
'Women are given their results the next day, and we will immediately schedule them if they need additional imaging or a further work up because we found something," said Henwood-Klotz.
Henwood-Klotz Out of 1,000 screenings, 4-7 cancers are found. This early detection is key.
"The benefit of the breast imaging technology allows us to find cancers at a very early stage when it's the most treatable," said Henwood-Klotz.
The five-year survival rate from breast cancer is 95% when found early. For the uninsured, the hospital offers 1,000 no cost mammograms.
"It's very rewarding knowing that that's something you can provide to people, especially people who wouldn't have the opportunity to have this exam done because of no insurance," said Joseph.
The bus has been providing screenings since 2009. It can be found year round in Fairfield and New Haven counties.
Visit stamfordhospital.org for more information.