Covid-19

 An Update on Our Covid-19 Precautions and Policies

At North Star Radiology, we recognize the risks associated with the current coronavirus pandemic. We have supported the measures put in place to flatten the curve in order to mitigate its effect on our communities. However, we must continue social distancing measures with the growing realization that we all must learn to live with COVID-19 in the months ahead. The risks of exposure to the virus must now be weighed against the risks of delayed diagnosis for many other medical conditions such as cancer.

While this is an individual decision for each patient, we have evaluated our entire practice and implemented many changes to minimize potential exposure for patients who seek medical care.

As a stand-alone imaging facility, we are able to offer additional options to decrease the chances of exposure. The following precautions are currently in place and will continue to evolve to meet recommended safety guidelines.

  1. Screening
    1. North Star Radiology is a non-COVID-19 site.
    2. All staff members are screened for symptoms daily before entering the workplace.
    3. Prior to arrival, patients are screened for symptoms at the time of scheduling.
    4. On arrival, a secondary screen, including a temperature check, is performed.
    5. Symptomatic patients will be asked to reschedule.
  2. Distancing
    1. Our waiting room has been modified to allow social distancing.
    2. Patients may also choose to wait in their cars, with parking available right outside our front door.
    3. Protective plexiglass shields have been installed at our front desk.
    4. Admittance is restricted to patients only. If you require assistance, we are happy to provide help or allow a single caregiver if necessary.
    5. In order to limit interactions, results of diagnostic breast imaging studies will be conveyed by the technologist who performed the exam after consultation with the radiologist, unless otherwise requested.
  3. Cleaning
    1. Common areas are cleaned on a regular schedule throughout the day.
    2. Patient exam rooms area cleaned after each patient.
    3. Facility deep cleaning is performed in the evenings.
  4. Masking
    1. Universal masking is required for staff and patients in the facility.
    2. Patients are encouraged to wear their own mask to conserve supply. However, one will be provided on arrival if needed.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are happy to answer them and hope we can continue to provide you and your family with important diagnostic and screening medical imaging services.