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Michigan Medicine can now provide mammograms in new mobile unit

Michigan Medicine's new mobile mammography unit
Michigan Medicine
Michigan Medicine's new mobile mammography unit

Michigan Medicine unveiled a new mobile mammography unit in Ypsilanti yesterday.

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A lack of access to mammograms led Michigan Medicine to create a mobile unit which, Dr. Ebony Parker-Featherstone says, looks like a mini-bus. She’s the medical director for theYpsilanti Health Center.

“So, we would hope that our patients would have an equivalent experience on our mobile unit. So, they have the check-in and a waiting area. It has patient changing stations that are private. I think folks would be pleasantly surprised actually with both how it looks and feels.”

Dr. Parker-Featherstone says the unit hopes to improve access to the procedure in underserved communities. When the mobile unit is not traveling around to various locations, it will be stationed at the Ypsilanti Health Center three days a week.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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