Mobile Mammography Screening

The Big Pink Bus, Seton’s mobile mammography unit, provides free, convenient and safe breast screenings to underserved women over age 40 who would otherwise not have access. Seton works with community organizations to schedule mobile screenings for groups of qualified women. This program is part of Seton’s commitment to improving access to care for Central Texans.

For women who would like to schedule an individual screening mammogram, please contact Seton’s Central Scheduling Department for assistance at 512-324-3375.

Expert Care From Caring People

Seton’s Big Pink Bus is a self-contained breast screening service on wheels featuring advanced digital mammography and an exam room for breast self exams. Like all Seton mammography services, the unit is fully certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The mobile unit is staffed by an all-female team of nurses, administrative staff and licensed mammographers. These mammograms are read by the same group of specialized physicians who review all Seton Healthcare Network mammograms, Austin Radiological Association. Education materials and breast self-exam instruction are part of this screening.

Mobile Mammogram Eligibility

A woman is eligible for a mobile mammogram if she:

  • is at least 40 years old
  • does not have breast implants
  • is not pregnant or breast feeding
  • has not had previous mammograms in the past year
  • has no personal history of breast cancer or breast problems
  • has no breast problems such as a lump, orange peel-like skin or dimpling

Women receiving a mammogram on The Big Pink Bus must be able to climb three stairs. If you have difficulty walking, please inform the Seton’s Cancer Screening Team so we may locate a more comfortable alternative.

How to Schedule a Screening Mobile Mammogram

Appointments are scheduled in advance in collaboration with sponsoring community organizations and corporate organizations.

For women who would like to schedule an individual screening mammogram, please contact Seton’s Central Scheduling Department for assistance at 512-324-3375.

Please note, a physician order is NOT required for a screening mammogram.

Bring the Big Pink Bus to Your Business

Area businesses can also contract for employee breast screenings through the mobile mammography program. Convenient, on-site breast screening encourages busy employees to take the time to be screened and demonstrates corporate commitment to employees’ health. Mobile mammography is treated as any other mammogram and is a covered benefit by most insurance companies. For best coverage, verify that Seton Healthcare Family is a provider with your insurance company. Want to schedule The Big Pink Bus for a corporate screening event? Contact Seton’s Cancer Screening Team to learn more at 512-324-3375.

Community Impact

The unit was funded in part by donations from Central Health, Avon Foundation for Women, M.D. Anderson Foundation, Lowe Foundation and the Lola Wright Foundation.

From January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, the Seton Cancer Screening Program provided 3,297 mammograms via the Big Pink Bus. Seton Cancer Screening also provided navigation to 1,740  individuals who were either screened directly by the program or referred to the program due to an abnormality and navigated to a definitive diagnosis.