COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Sterilization

 To Our Guilford Community

Now more than ever, the safety of our patients, community and staff is our top priority. Our staff is fully trained in Covid-19 screening, safety precautions and sterilization technique. We remained committed to our referring providers and patients and have been open throughout the pandemic, while continuing to maintain a clean safe facility.  Trust the staff at Guilford Radiology to take care of you and your family’s medical imaging needs in a patient friendly, convenient outpatient environment for the safest, most comfortable exam possible.

Our facility is clean, Safety is our primary concern

  • Our entire office gets a complete deep cleaning nightly.
  • Exam rooms and equipment are thoroughly disinfected after each patient, from mammography paddles to the CT & MRI bores, to the exam tables, counters, and areas of patient contact.
  • We are maintaining CDC and the state of CT guidelines. All staff and patients are required to wear appropriate face masks and staff wear other required PPE.  Patients without an acceptable mask will be provided one.
 

Covid Safety Patient Screening Form

 

New patient flow in place ensures no contact with other patients

  • All paperwork can be completed prior to your exam, forms are available on our website.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, you will call our office (203-453-5123) from your car. 
  • You will be instructed when to enter where a technologist will greet you at the opened door.
  • If you are unable to, or prefer not to wait in your car, call us when you arrive and one of our staff will meet you at the entrance and take you to one of our private waiting areas until your exam time.
  • All patients are screened, we will take your temperature, provide hand sanitizer then take you directly into your private exam room. The technologist takes care of any additional paperwork & insurance information in the exam room.
  • Your exam will be performed, and the technologist will escort you out of the office back to the building entrance.
  • We have staggered patient exam times to avoid congestion and reduce any unecessary potential exposure.
  • Please do not bring anyone with you to your exam as we are trying to reduce traffic in our office, special accommodations can be made as needed.

Guilford Radiology is committed to your health and safety. 

  • Daniel MacArthur, MD -- Guilford Radiology President
  • Michael Johnson, MD -- Covid-19 Safety Officer
  • Sharynn Gendron -- Office Manager

Body Fat Composition Exam

The determination of body composition is important because it helps your clinician better predict changes in your health, since body fat composition represents different aspects of growth, aging, malnutrition, and obesity as well as the impact of medical interventions.

What is DXA Body Fat Composition Exam?

Among several methods for studying in vivo human body composition, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) has emerged as one of the most effective clinical tools. Typically the energy source produces photons at two different energy levels, which pass through body tissues and are blocked at rates related to its basic composition. Bone is dense due to presence of minerals, calcium and phosphorous, and is readily distinguished from soft tissues. Since bone is denser it will block more of the photons. The unique elemental profiles of bone, fat, and muscle allow for visualization and separate analysis of each tissue type.

Our Equipment and Technologists

Our DXA scanner uses ALARA technology (as low as reasonably allowed) and the scanner is “digital”, meaning that we use computers to improve the quality of the images, and at the same time using a lower x-ray dose. Our knowledgeable, professional technologists will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam. At Guilford Radiology we use the latest state of the art equipment to perform this exam, which only takes several minutes to complete. Your questions will be answered by the radiologist physician at completion. Some patients may be eligible for a free examinations. Call us to learn more.   

How to Prepare for a Bone Density Scan

Do not take calcium supplements for at least 24 hours before the exam. Dress comfortably avoiding garments that have zippers, belts or buttons made of metal.

What to Expect

Prior to scanning, our technologist will review your medical history.  You will be asked to fill out a Bone Density Questionnaire and screening sheet to review any past surgical history. You can complete this and bring it with you or our technologists will complete it with you.

You may be asked to wear a gown. You will be asked to lie face-up on a padded table. An x-ray detector or arm is located above the table. To assess your spine, your legs are supported on a padded box to flatten the pelvis and lower spine. To assess your hip, your foot will be placed in a brace that rotates your hip inward. In both cases, the detector arm is slowly passed over the hip and spine generating images on a computer monitor. Just relax and remain still for a few seconds. It is a quick and painless procedure. There are no restrictions after the exam.

You can expect a 30 minute appointment with a 10 minute scan time.

Your Results

Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained  radiologists within one day.  We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit.  Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.

Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.

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M-F 7:30AM to 5PM Late Wed. until 7PM
Sat. 8AM to Noon

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