A COVID-19 Updated Message from the President of Reston Radiology Consultants:
As our community continues to adapt with social distancing and heightened safety precautions, Reston Radiology Consultants remains committed to the health and well-being of our patients. We have implemented new procedures to screen patients before entering the office, options of check-in without physical contact, and remaining in your car until we are ready for your procedure. Any patients that screen positively for Coronavirus risk factors or symptoms will not be allowed into our centers.
Currently, we will remain open with modified business hours providing our full range of imaging services with the exception of screening mammography and other screening exams. In making the decision to reschedule all screening exams, we conferred with area physicians (including cancer specialists and breast surgeons) and the consensus statements of several national organizations. Based on this information, we will plan to schedule these screening studies no earlier than Monday, April 20th at this time.
As we provide our imaging services in a strictly outpatient setting, we are not using resources in the hospital-based setting which may be required in the weeks and months ahead. Also, by using enhanced cleaning procedures beyond our prior, already vigorous, cleaning procedures, we will provide the safest possible environment with the least possible risk of exposure to COVID-19. If all health needs are routed to in-hospital imaging centers, we will encounter long delays and the potential of putting outpatients at increased risk of exposure. A truly outpatient (not directly in a hospital) imaging center can control exposure risks much more easily by minimizing wait times and utilizing simple solutions, such as remaining in your car except for the actual procedure itself.
Regarding the delay of screening studies as advocated by several national organizations: we continue to believe in what has been shown throughout the medical literature. Specifically, that the early diagnosis of cancer and evaluation of response to therapy provides the best opportunity for positive outcomes for our patients. For years, the saying “screening delayed can be screening denied” has been the mantra of numerous medical organizations. Our intention is to detect any abnormality early, properly diagnose, and help during the clinical pathway so your physician can continue treatment. Cancer and other health concerns do NOT pause during a pandemic. For this reason, we urge all of our patients to adhere to the nationally recognized screening protocols as soon as the restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted.
Reston Radiology Consultants is dedicated to our staff and referring physicians with our patients always at the forefront. We have four locations in the Northern Virginia area that are remaining open. We have adjusted our hours of operation at our Ashburn office (Loudoun Imaging Center-Ashburn) by closing on Mondays and Thursdays while keeping our Fair Oaks Imaging Center and MRI/PET of Reston locations operating Monday through Friday.
We will keep everyone updated and will get through this together! Stay strong.
David E. Dubois, M.D.
Reston Radiology Consultants
At Reston Radiology Consultants, your time and well-being matter to us. We strive to make your visit with us as seamless and stress-free as possible. We offer convenient locations, ground level entrances, and close ample parking. By providing you with a relaxing and reassuring experience with board certified Radiologists and registered technologists at our ACR accredited facilities, we will ensure that you receive exceptional care at RRC.