Philips and Smit Mobile Equipment out of Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands have developed a mobile breast screening truck specifically for deployment throughout the desert sands of the Middle East. The project development team took into consideration both the physical and cultural environment, and so integrated air conditioning and dust management systems as well as increased privacy in the interior architecture of the truck.
From a Philips announcement:
Philips and Smit Mobile Equipment partnered closely with breast screening program operators to translate their experience into a solution designed to meet the specific needs of patients and care providers in the Middle East. The design of the Mobile Mammography Screening Unit thus includes dressing facilities, a staff room and an examination room, as well as a self supporting air conditioning system. The vehicle also includes a built-in Philips Ambient Experience lighting system that contributes to a more pleasant patient experience and significantly reduces anxiety levels.
In addition to providing a high level of patient comfort, the vehicle contains state-of-the-art screening equipment such as the Mammo Diagnost DR, Philips’ digital solution for mammography, designed for efficient high-volume screening. It provides excellent image quality and the streamlined intuitive user interface at the console makes working with the system comfortable and efficient for the radiographer and allows for a quick and easy examination for the patient.
The Mobile Mammography Screening Unit takes into consideration the care cycle from the screening of patients to transmission of data to medical centers, reporting and immediate follow-up. This could include making further appointments at hospitals where treatment may be provided.