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Mammogram Van: Mobile mammograms

To catch breast cancer in its early stages, the American Cancer Society recommends that women over 40 have an annual mammogram. As part of your UW benefits, all health plans cover preventive mammogram screening based on your age and the Center for Disease Control’s preventive care schedule. If the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is in-network for your health plan, the UW makes it convenient for you to get those screenings near your workplace.

Because it can be a challenge to fit a mammogram into your schedule, UW Benefits offers a mobile mammography service on campus for Uniform Medical Plan members. With different convenient stops on campus regularly scheduled, the Mammogram Van makes it easy for you to get screened and get back to your day no matter where you are at UW.

Please note that Kaiser WA members are required to receive all mammography services from a Kaiser Permanente facility. Claims submitted from a non-Kaiser Permanente facility will not be reimbursed.


Find the location and times of the van’s campus stops below. Once you double check your plan’s coverage, you can call SCCA at 206-606-7800 to schedule your 15-minute appointment.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Southwest corner of UW Tower (map)
at 12th Ave NE and NE 43rd St
Area construction map (PDF)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
George Washington Lane near the Henry Art Gallery
Red Square (map)

Every Thursday at Harborview Medical Center
West side of the hospital between the garage and main entrance.
Hospital map, directions, parking, and shuttle service

For other locations in the greater Seattle area, see the SCCA’s mobile mammography service.

Mammogram Van FAQS

Who is this service for?
This service is for female UW faculty, staff, and librarians who are age 40 and above and are covered by Uniform Medical Plan (Applies to Classic, UMP CDHP, and UMP Plus).

Is an appointment necessary?
While no appointment is necessary, making an appointment assures that you will receive a mammogram at your scheduled time. To schedule an appointment, please call 206-606-7800 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Walk-in appointments are accepted whenever possible. If you see the van in service, please knock on the door to inquire about the next open appointment.

What should I bring to my appointment?
Please bring the name and address of your primary care physician, your UMP medical insurance card, and a picture ID. Please do not wear any deodorant, lotions or creams the day of your appointment.

What happens after my appointment?
After your appointment, UMP will be billed directly. The results of your exam will be mailed to you and your physician within 7-10 business days.

How should I prepare for a mammogram?
The National Women’s Health Information Center offers these guidelines for what to do before a mammogram:

  • When scheduling the appointment, plan to go about one week after your period. Your breasts will be less sore at this time
  • If you have breast implants, make sure you tell the facility about them when you schedule your appointment
  • The day of your mammogram, wear a separate shirt and skirt, shorts, or pants, not a dress. It will be easier to just remove your top during the mammogram
  • To avoid shadows on your result, don’t use any lotions, powders, deodorant, or perfumes on the day of your mammogram