WAUSAU - Aspirus Radiology Manager Kathy Reith waited nearly two years for this day.
"Breast health is my passion," said Reith.
Tuesday marked the day she could share Aspirus's mobile 3D mammography machine inside a brand new 40-foot truck.
It replaces Asprius's old mobile 2D mammography machine that was more than 10 years old.
"There are breast cancers that we find on 3D that we weren't able to see on 2D in the past," said Reith.
The technology will give patients a more accurate result and gives more patients access to it.
"It's fairly cost prohibitive to put it in all the differently locations that we serve. The mobile is a really great solution to that. To be able to bring it to all the communities that we serve," said Director of Diagnostic Imaging Ryan Marciniak.
The vehicle is in use five days a week at different Aspirus clinics in northern Wisconsin. Technicians will even take it to businesses or events upon request.
"On double tech days [we] do about 24 patients," said Reith.
It's a comfort to Reith to bring this better technology to more patients. She knows it will lead to better care.
"I'm very, very fortunate that we have this technology for our patients," said Reith.
Aspirus recommends women start getting annual mammograms starting at age 40.
You can contact Aspirus if you want to bring the vehicle to your business at 715-847-0021.