On Monday, October 12th, the Women’s Center for Radiology parked their mobile mammogram unit on the campus of Audubon Park Elementary School. The first of its kind in Central Florida, the mobile unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and is capable of performing both screening and diagnostic 3D mammograms and breast ultrasound exams. The Principal of Audubon Park Elementary, Anna Ferratusco, and teacher, Christy Elder, requested the mobile mammogram unit to honor of a 17-year veteran teacher of Audubon, Evelyn Monet, who passed away from breast cancer last school year. Evelyn’s husband, Robert, visited the school to see the mobile mammography unit in his wife’s honor.
The mobile unit was booked solid during the hours of 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. The appointments were offered first to teachers, faulty and other staff, then to parents and members of the surrounding community. Community members were notified of the appointments in the local community paper. In total, fifteen women were able to make appointments for mammograms including nine Audubon Park staff members. The remaining appointments went to parents and community members. Each appointment took approximately ten minutes to process required insurance paperwork and fifteen minutes for the mammogram.
Vicki Belmont, Director of the Women’s Center for Radiology, stopped by the mobile unit and reflected, “That’s what it’s all about. Screening saves lives. We’re so busy taking care of everybody else, we don’t take care of ourselves.”
Audubon Park Elementary is also participating in Pink Out Winter Park, and has created a team to walk in the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 31st. If you are interested in scheduling the mobile mammogram unit at your school or place of worship, business or community event, please click here or call the Mobile Unit Coordinator at (407) 581-0870.