Diagnostics Van Increases Access to Health Screenings

Mobile Diagnostics VanUC Health revealed a new mobile diagnostic van this month at the Flying Pig Marathon—where UC Health served as the official health care provider.

While operated out of University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center, the 40-foot van is intended to serve the mobile diagnostic needs of the entire health system. It is equipped with the region’s first mobile 3D screening mammography unit as well as equipment for performing dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) bone health ultrasounds, EKG tests and blood pressure screenings.

Tana Casper, vice president for diagnostics and professional services at UC Medical Center, says the van complements existing diagnostic services—including those at the UC Cancer Institute and newly opened UC Health Women’s Center—by taking screening tools to the communities where patients live, adding convenience as well as enhancing access to screening services.

The mobile diagnostics team expects to begin seeing patients this summer. “We will take the van to existing UC Health care locations, but we’d also like to partner with community organizations to provide screenings to the public at community centers, churches, shopping centers and special events and with local businesses to offer preventative health screening events for employees,” says Casper.

The mobile diagnostics unit will help UC Health continue to fulfill an important part of its mission: providing health care to uninsured and underinsured populations.

Western & Southern Financial Group and the Barrett Center, an adult outpatient cancer care center of the UC Cancer Institute, provided financial support that enabled UC Medical Center to purchase the mobile diagnostics van.

Mammography services are billed to insurance. Other screening tests are usually billed directly to the consumer.

To inquire about screening appointments and community van scheduling, call 513-584-VANN (8266).

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