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COVID-19 Update

Due to interest in the COVID-19 vaccines, we are experiencing an extremely high call volume. Please understand that our phone lines must be clear for urgent medical care needs. We are unable to accept phone calls to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations at this time. When this changes, we will update this website. Our vaccine supply remains limited. Read all COVID-19 Vaccine Information.

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Safety Procedures and Updates

At Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging, your health and safety are our top priority. We have taken multiple steps to ensure that your imaging appointment takes place in a safe, clean and secure environment. Below see our frequently asked questions and appointment updates.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What steps are you taking to keep me safe?

Our staff are being screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms. All patients are screened multiple times, over the phone and again at the entrance of the building. All patient are screened including prior to entering the suite. If anyone appears to have COVID-19 symptoms or if they are diagnosed with active COVID-19, they are not imaged at any of our Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging locations.Our waiting areas have been designed to promote social distancing. All of our seating has been spaced apart and has special healthcare-specific fabric that’s easy to clean. Part of our new workflow allows you to wait in your vehicle until the exam room is ready for your imaging appointment.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Per state guidelines, all patients and visitors must wear a face mask or fabric covering at Johns Hopkins Imaging locations except for children under the age of 3. This is required to enter the building, if your existing face mask or covering interferes with your care, an alternative may be provided.

Can I bring a guest with me to my appointment?

As part of our efforts to minimize risk, no visitors are allowed unless needed for special needs or accompanying a child requiring imaging. We ask that any visitors not necessary for care remain in their vehicles.

How is equipment being cleaned?

All of our imaging rooms and equipment are carefully cleaned and sanitized before and after every patient. Our cleaning supplies are approved by the central Johns Hopkins Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control board to ensure that every surface is properly disinfected.

How are you promoting physical distancing in waiting areas?

Our waiting areas have been designed to promote physical distancing. All of our seating has been spaced apart and has special healthcare-specific fabric that’s easy to clean.

We have increased our cleaning schedules and are diligent about wiping down high-traffic areas such as touch screens and door handles. Part of our new workflow allows you to wait in your car until the exam room is ready for your imaging appointment.

What type of equipment will staff be wearing?

Our staff members will be wearing various types of protective equipment, such as face shields or different types of masks as shown below. These extra layers of protection are worn by our staff to protect everyone.

Four types of face masks

Can I walk-in for an exam without an appointment?

No walk-in exams are offered at any Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging location in order to allow us to screen all patients. This includes walk-ins for any patient coming from an on-campus clinic.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine interfere with getting a mammogram?

Getting a mammogram too soon after your second dose of the coronavirus vaccine could result in a false positive and a callback due to temporarily swollen lymph nodes.

The Johns Hopkins Division of Breast Imaging supports the recommendation from the Society of Breast Imaging: When possible, and if it does not delay care your doctor recommends, you should schedule screening mammograms before your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or four to six weeks after the second dose.

Breast imaging radiologists have noticed that underarm lymph nodes can become temporarily enlarged after a person is vaccinated for COVID-19. This is a normal reaction to the vaccine in some people. Four to six weeks after your vaccine(s), your lymph nodes are expected to return to their normal size.

If you go ahead with getting your mammogram within six weeks of your COVID-19 vaccination and larger-than-usual lymph nodes show up on the test, you will get a callback for more tests. The doctor may follow up with an ultrasound of the lymph nodes under your arm and request that you come in again one to three months after that to be sure the lymph nodes return to their normal size.

If you get a mammogram within the first six weeks after your COVID-19 vaccinations and your mammogram is negative for signs of breast cancer and does not show any enlargement of the lymph nodes, your results would be considered reliable that there are no signs of breast cancer.


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Appointment Changes

We are updating some appointment and procedure practices to help lessen the spread of the new coronavirus and COVID-19. In some cases, appointments or procedures may need to be rescheduled. If there are changes to your care, your provider will contact you.

Walk-In Exams Update

No walk-in exams are offered at any Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging location. This includes no walk-ins for any patient coming from on-campus clinic.

If a same-day appointment for X-Ray or any other imaging exam is needed, the patient or referring provider’s office should call the imaging location directly to schedule.

Breast Imaging Appointment Updates

Getting a mammogram too soon after your second dose of the coronavirus vaccine could result in a false positive and a callback due to temporarily swollen lymph nodes. 

The Johns Hopkins Division of Breast Imaging supports the recommendation from the Society of Breast Imaging: When possible, and if it does not delay care your doctor recommends, you should schedule screening mammograms before your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or four to six weeks after the second dose. Read more.

Breast imaging radiologists have noticed that underarm lymph nodes can become temporarily enlarged after a person is vaccinated for COVID-19. This is a normal reaction to the vaccine in some people. Four to six weeks after your vaccine(s), your lymph nodes are expected to return to their normal size.

If you go ahead with getting your mammogram within six weeks of your COVID-19 vaccination and larger-than-usual lymph nodes show up on the test, you will get a callback for more tests. The doctor may follow up with an ultrasound of the lymph nodes under your arm and request that you come in again one to three months after that to be sure the lymph nodes return to their normal size.

If you get a mammogram within the first six weeks after your COVID-19 vaccinations and your mammogram is negative for signs of breast cancer and does not show any enlargement of the lymph nodes, your results would be considered reliable that there are no signs of breast cancer.

If you have any questions, please contact our call center 443-997-7237 on Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.