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Modernization of Mobile Mammography Units Clara and Sophie


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Modernization of Mobile Mammography Units Clara and Sophie
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Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ)

Provide access to a greater number of modern mobile mammography units to women living in remote areas.


Under the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening program (PQDCS) the INSPQ operates two mobile mammography units, CLARA and SOPHIE. These units promote access to screening services in remote areas and in areas with long waiting periods.

The CLARA unit is set up inside a bus that travels to sites by road or rail and serves primarily the Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord and Nord-du-Québec regions. The SOPHIE unit is a portable device that can travel by train, boat or plane and services communities generally not accessible by land in the North Shore (Schefferville), the lower North Shore (Basse-Côte-Nord), Nunavik and the Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James. Together they perform about 4,000 mammographies per year and provide an essential service for women in these areas.

More than 12,000 mammographies were done between 2011 and 2015, thus providing a vital service to women living outside major urban centres.

To learn more: msss.gouv.qc.ca/sujets/santepub