Bringing High Quality Mammograms to the Edge of the Continent

When you work in one of the most remote parts of our country, being a great mammography tech means more than producing high quality mammograms. As Mammography Educators consultant Robyn Hadley discovered during her recent visit to Maniilaq Health Center in Kotzebue, Alaska, techs have serious pressure to keep to their schedule.

Located about 26 miles above the Arctic Circle, Kotzebue serves as the hub for 11 villages in the surrounding 30,000 miles. While some patients arrive at Maniilaq Health Center by snowmobile this time of year, most travel by plane. “Just getting patients to the facility for their mammogram and keeping their appointments on time to make sure they could catch the departing flight back to their village was a challenge,” said Robyn.

This photo of Kotzebue is courtesy of TripAdvisor. Small planes travel between Kotzebue and its surrounding villages twice a day.

In between teaching the Miller Method to the clinic’s staff, Robyn was able to explore a bit of subarctic Kotzebue where winter temperatures hover between 15 and 20 degree below zero.

She saw willow branches laced with reflectors to light the icy paths connecting Kotzebue to its surrounding villages, and she watched as residents used sleds to transport their mail and groceries.

Robyn embraced the opportunity to bring Mammography Educators’ breast positioning training to a distant part of the country. “I realized what a blessing it is to be part of a group that gets to do this,” she said. “It’s amazing to impact the lives of many even in the smallest, most remote edges of the continent!”

Mammography Educators is proud to provide high quality mammography consulting and training anywhere in the United States and throughout Canada. Find out more about our consulting services here.

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