British Columbia

First digital mammography vehicle rolls out in Victoria

B.C. now has its first digital mobile mammography vehicle, unveiled Tuesday afternoon in front of the legislature, in Victoria.

New screening vehicle part of transition to digital mammography for rural areas

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake unveils the province's first digital mobile mammography vehicle for breast cancer screening, Tuesday afternoon in Victoria. (Dan Burritt/CBC)

B.C.'s first digital mobile mammography vehicle has been unveiled by Health Minister Terry Lake, in an announcement in front of the legislature, in Victoria on Tuesday afternoon.

The breast cancer screening vehicle is intended to reach rural areas, including the Gulf Islands, Central Vancouver Island including Tofino and Ucluelet, North Vancouver Island including Port Hardy and Port McNeill, as well as Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

It's the first of three mobile units to be transitioned away from analog mammography.

The Ministry of Health contributed $940,000 for the vehicle. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Shoppers Drug Mart have also contributed undisclosed amounts.

The province says about 10 per cent of all screening mammograms in British Columbia are performed by the mobile fleet.

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