Windsong Radiology begins Mobile Mammography

Submitted Photo Windsong Radiology Group now has the ability to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening in communities with limited or no access to breast cancer screening. Its first event held at Mercy Comprehensive Care in Buffalo provided 22 women with access to this life saving exam.

WILLIAMSVILLE — Windsong Radiology Group’s mobile mammography is now driving early detection throughout Western New York. As a provider of mobile breast cancer screening, Windsong now has the ability to eliminate barriers to breast cancer screening in communities with limited or no access to breast cancer screening. Its first event held at Mercy Comprehensive Care in Buffalo provided 22 women with access to this life saving exam.

A proud recipient of funding from the NYS Department of Health and Health Research, Inc.’s (HRI) Mobile Mammography Van grant, Windsong is working collaboratively with churches, payors, community and healthcare partners to improve breast cancer screening rates in Western New York. Underserved and never before served women in all eight counties including Allegany, Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Wyoming, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee, who had limited or no access to breast cancer screening, will now have access to the high quality services that Windsong provides. The mobile mammo coach will provide 3D mammography or digital breast tomosynthesis, a state of the art technology that has proven to detect smaller cancers earlier, when they are easier to treat. Windsong has hired six new staff for this important initiative.

“This aggressive breast cancer screening initiative is designed to eliminate barriers to screening and will enable Windsong Radiology to work closely with community partners throughout Western New York in an effort to improve access to this vital service,” said Dr. Thomas Summers, president of Windsong Radiology.

Alarmingly, statistics show that 20 percent of women do not have regular mammograms. Markus Holzhauer, M.D., Director of Mobile Mammography at Windsong Radiology Group, PC stated, “Breast cancer screening gives us the ability to detect cancer early. Early detection of cancer when it is most easily treated can help preserve quality of life,” he added.

Nearly 130 locations have been identified for 2018, with many more being planned. Anyone who would like to work with the mobile mammo team to plan an event for a clinic or community organization can contact Jamie Stasiak at 929-9494 or email jstasiak@windsongradiology.com. Event dates and locations can be found on the website at windsongradiology.com/mobile.

Windsong Radiology Group is the largest free standing imaging provider in Western New York and one of the busiest in the nation, performing more than 400,000 imaging exams per year. It is a full-service diagnostic imaging practice staffed by 18 Board Certified and Fellowship trained radiologists who deliver cutting edge service. It was the first center in the area to be recognized as a Breast Center of Excellence by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It has the reputation of pursuing and acquiring the most advanced technology available and employs only highly trained, certified technologists. Windsong Radiology is a member of the Image Wisely campaign committed to lowering the amount of radiation used in medically necessary imaging studies and eliminating unnecessary procedures.

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