BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Due to COVID-19 many residents may be putting off a trip to the doctor's office or an exam, but there is some medical care that shouldn’t be ignored.
Medical imaging, such as an X-ray or CT scans, can be done at other facilities like Kern Radiology in Bakersfield.
“There are patients here who have a history of cancer or possibly a new diagnosis of cancer. Which cannot wait six or eight weeks for them to make a diagnosis,” said Dr. Bernard Maristany, President of Kern Radiology Medical Group.
Kern Radiology said some patients have waited weeks to get medical imaging done because of fear of going to hospitals. Some patients unsure where to turn, and most contemplating waiting until COVID-19 is contained.
Doctors we spoke to say patients that are in need of medical imaging should not put off getting their exams during this time. Also, stating that not getting the proper imaging done in time could impact a patient's health and care.
Patients needing medical imaging and diagnosis will need a referral from a doctor in order to get testing.
“Your health is very important and it is very important that you do come in and have those exams done. Especially, if your doctor has given you the order,” said Suzanne Lugo, site superior of the San Dimas location.
Inside Kern Radiology they continue to follow state guidelines for COVID-19. They have spaced seating in their waiting room areas and social distancing guides on the floors. They also ask some patients to wait outside or in their cars until their appointments.
Their facilities also work with urgent care centers, giving x-rays results remotely to doctors treating covid-19cases.
“We read for urgent care centers all across the cities. So, if a patient is at a point of care where their doctor is concerned they have COVID, we’re able to read those x-rays remotely and help them direct the treatment of those patients,” said Dr. Maristany.
For more information on medical imaging contact Kern Radiology.