7:30 a.m. - Diane Suthoff, mobile mammography van driver and patient services representative, is the first to arrive at the Mamm Van. Diane and team will be spending the day in the parking lot of Fulton Family Health Associates in Fulton, Missouri. This year, the Mamm Van will bring life-saving mammograms to women in more than 49 counties in Missouri.
7:32 a.m. - Denise Mayen Green, mammography technician, gets the van's mammogram machine up and running for the day. The van provides women in rural areas access to the same mammography screening services available at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, including 3-D mammography.
7:47 a.m. - Diane and Denise joke with each other while they prepare to see patients. Completed scans are sent to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, where they are read by a certified breast imaging radiologist. If follow-up care is needed, the Mamm Van team contacts the patient to ensure she gets the appropriate care.
8:09 a.m. - Denise welcomes the first patient of the day, Pauline Clark of Fulton, Missouri, into the screening area of the Mamm Van. Appointments typically take less than 30 minutes.
8:43 a.m. - Nancy Weed, of Fulton, Missouri, registers for her appointment. In a typical day, about 23 patients visit the Mamm Van.
8:54 a.m. - Denise helps Edith Cole of Fulton, Missouri, through the mobile screening clinic. The van features two private dressing rooms, a private registration area, a private screening room and an exam bed.
9:37 a.m. - Diane Dillon of Steedman, Missouri, fills out an information sheet at the start of her appointment. Dillon and her daughter Deborah Vandeloecht visited the van together for their screenings.
10:30 a.m. - Diane Dillon, left, and her daughter Deborah Vandeloecht, both of Steedman, Missouri, leave the Mamm Van after their appointments. "The Mamm Van is real convenient for me,” Vandeloecht said. "I don't have to drive all the way to Columbia. Everyone here is really nice and makes you feel comfortable."
1:16 p.m. - Denise helps Kathy Fredricks of Fulton, Missouri, get into position for her first mammogram inside the Mamm Van. "It was great and thorough," Fredricks said. "I could tell the difference compared to the screenings I've had before."
1:48 p.m. - Denise uses the 3-D mammography machine inside the Mamm Van. "There is always that one lady out there who we're going to make a difference for and save her life," Denise said.
3:38 p.m. - Martha Sydow, RN, staff nurse, educates Judy McAteer of Fulton, Missouri, on breast health and the importance of self-examinations. "You don't feel like you're in a hospital, and it is more personable," McAteer said of her visit.
4:05 p.m. - Martha charts from the front passenger seat of the Mamm Van after the team is finished seeing patients for the day. "Having worked in a rural setting before, I know transportation can be difficult for many people," Martha said. "The Mamm Van makes it much easier for patients to get their breast screenings."
4:09 p.m. - Diane pulls the 38-foot Mamm Van out of the parking lot at Fulton Family Health Associates in Fulton, Missouri, after a full day of seeing patients. "It is a lot of work and a lot of driving, but each time we go out, there is always that one person that you connect with, and you know that you were meant to connect with them that day for some reason," Diane said.
4:27 p.m. - Ellis Fischel Cancer Center's Mobile Mammography Van travels along Highway 54 on its way back to Columbia. Since 1992, the mammography van has provided life-saving breast screenings to women throughout rural Missouri.
5:01 p.m. – After a long day, Diane plugs the van's power cord back into its bay at MU Women's and Children's Hospital.