New Safety Protocols
Bergen Imaging Center, P.A. is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our employees, patients, and visitors. We have officially resumed non emergent appointments. Please call to schedule your breast imaging, general ultrasound, and/or DXA bone densitometry exams. We are here for your imaging needs.
Bergen Imaging Center, P.A. has implemented enhanced disinfection protocols. We have doubled the exam time to ensure that our staff has adequate time to disinfect the room and all equipment prior to each examination. Every piece of equipment, furniture, and each doorknob is sanitized after each patient throughout the day in the exam rooms as well as the waiting and patient dressing rooms.
We are utilizing our waiting room, six private dressing rooms, and the atrium area directly outside our office for patients to be separated while completing their registration paperwork or waiting for their exam. Each room in our office is equipped with its own air filtration and ventilation system. Patients also have the ability to print out the registration forms from our website ahead of time and call from their car when they arrive to ensure that no one is in the waiting room when they come up for their appointment.
Our staff is wearing all the appropriate PPE (masks, gloves, eye protection or face shields). Each patient is given a mask upon arrival, if they do not already have one. If a patient is wearing gloves from outside, they will be disposed when they enter the office, and we will provide them with a new pair of gloves on their way out.
COVID-19 Vaccine(s) & Scheduling Your Mammogram
Vaccines of all types can result in temporary swelling of the lymph nodes, which may be a sign that the body is making antibodies in response as intended.
After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, some women develop swollen lymph nodes under their arm on the same side as the injection. Radiologists look for changes on your mammogram – including swollen lymph nodes – as it can be a (rare) sign of breast cancer.
This is why it’s important to let Bergen Imaging Center know in advance when you received your vaccine prior to scheduling your mammogram.
When should I schedule my screening mammogram?
The Society of Breast Imaging recommends scheduling breast cancer screenings:
Prior to the first dose of the COVID vaccine
(or) 4-6 weeks after the second dose
These guidelines are only for women with no unusual breast symptoms. If you are experiencing breast or underarm pain, or notice a lump, discharge, or any other unusual symptoms – please schedule a mammogram, regardless of when you received your vaccination.
Also, if you’ve delayed your screening mammogram due to the pandemic, and won’t be able to come in another time, please keep your mammography appointment. Remember that early detection saves lives.
Feel free to call and discuss our safety protocols with us. We are here to answer any of your questions. 201-568-4242