Outside view of the mobile mammography trailer

Expansion of Portugal´s mobile cancer screening program for early detection of breast cancer

Portuguese League Against Cancer, Portugal

Since it was founded in 1941, the Portuguese League Against Cancer (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro) has been involved in cancer prevention through health education campaigns. In an effort to combat breast cancer in underserved regions in the country, the organization designed and created an integrated solution for easily accessible screening: a mobile breast cancer screening program. After the initial success of the program, they recognized the need to expand it and update the technology available in the caravans.

After partnering with Siemens Healthineers, the program was expanded to include four more caravans and five additional mammography devices to reach other areas. Annually, between 7,500 and 15,000 mammograms are provided per caravan. The Value Partnership with Siemens Healthineers has streamlined the installation and maintenance of technology to increase the availability of the caravans and provide screening services to more patients. Continuous support helps to keep these vehicles up and running as consistently as possible. Siemens Healthineers has also provided training for the League’s staff.

Value Contribution

+60,000 annual mammograms

Can be performed across all additionally acquired caravans

Expansion of the screening program

To increase access to care in underserved regions of Portugal

Ensuring availability of equipment

With pro-active and streamlined maintenance



Secure financial sustainability

Expanding the screening program while minimizing financial risks of acquiring new equipment

Improve access to care

Bringing breast cancer screening to underserved regions of Portugal

Optimize clinical operations

Enabling high availability of equipment to ensure uninterrupted screening services 

  • Expansion of an existing cancer screening program to reach additional areas: From one caravan with three mammography devices to five caravans with eight devices in total
  • Acquisition of five additional state-of-the-art mammography devices to further ensure the quality and quantity of the screenings made possible by a pay-per-screening offering from Siemens Healthineers
  • Pro-active technology management regardless of the location of the caravan to ensure high uptime
  • Ongoing staff training and technical support to ensure functionality of the cancer prevention devices

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