Early detection is the best tool in the fight against breast cancer. To improve the convenience and availability of mammography, the Siteman Cancer Center operates a mobile mammography van that offers screenings by appointment.
The Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van offers annual screenings for women age 40 and over who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Mammograms on the van take approximately 15 minutes. The results are sent to both you and your doctor. The comfortable mobile facility is designed
for patient privacy. Like all Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Centers, the mobile mammography van is fully certified by the FDA and is accredited by the American College of Radiology. The van is also an American College of Radiology Center of Excellence (COE).
Women should be seen at the Joanne Knight Breast Health Center at the Siteman Cancer Center if they have any of the following conditions:
- Confined to a wheelchair
- Have a new lump or focal pain
- Have undergone radiation treatment for breast cancer in the last five years
The examination fee (a portion charged by Barnes-Jewish Hospital for the technical component and a portion charged by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for the professional component) will be direct billed to the patient, insurance company or Medicare. Women should bring their insurance cards to the appointment.
Washington University employees enrolled in a Washington University health plan can schedule their annual mammogram within the same anniversary month; you are not required to schedule exactly 1 year from the date of your last mammogram. Spouses and domestic partners of Washington University employees are eligible for a screening by scheduling an appointment. If you have questions about your annual mammogram coverage, please contact your UnitedHealthcare member services at 800-382-2599. The Washington University health plan now covers 3D mammography.
Additional Screening Locations
Appointments are available Monday through Friday between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm. Call 314-454-7500 or complete the online form to schedule a preventative mammogram screening.
- Joanne Knight Breast Health Center – 5th Floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine
- Highlands Medical Building – 110 Highlands Plaza Drive East (Free parking)
- Center for Advanced Medicine – South County – 5201 Midamerica Plaza
What To Expect During Your Mammogram
A female technologist trained in the use of digital mammography helps position you for imaging. A plastic device compresses your breasts in order to produce a better image. You will be asked to remain still and hold your breath for a few seconds. The results of your exam are then reported to you and your personal physician. They also are kept in computer records at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for later reference. Should breast cancer be detected, you may follow up with your own physician. We also can refer you to a physician who meets your personal needs.
Washington University employees, along with spouses and domestic partners, should call 1-800-600-3606 (ext. 2) to make an appointment.
Where you get your mammogram matters! The team of Washington University radiologists and radiology technologists, who specialize in mammography, interpret more than 50,000 breast exams every year. They are solely dedicated to interpreting breast images. Learn more