Important COVID-19 Guidelines

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What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and your breast imaging exam

Is it safe to get a mammogram during or after the COVID vaccination process?

Yes, it is safe. Our radiologists are aware that some women may experience pain, swelling and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit on the side where they had the vaccine; this is considered an expected or normal reaction. However, if you feel a lump in your armpit that lasts for more than six weeks after your vaccination, you should let your healthcare provider know.

Do I need to wait to get my mammogram if I’ve had the COVID vaccine?

No, there is no reason to delay your mammogram. In fact, maintaining your annual screening protocol is important for your breast health. If you are experiencing any new breast symptoms please notify your physician immediately.

Watch our brief safety video and review our full list of safety precautions below.

Our safety procedures include:

  • The screening of all staff and patients' temperature at the time of arrival
  • Continuous and vigorous cleaning of countertops, doorknobs and equipment
  • Personal protective equipment for our clinical staff
  • Continued social distancing of 6-feet except when providing patient care
  • The requirement that patients wear a face mask or fabric covering while in our centers
  • A patient-only policy in our centers. Guests and family members are not allowed at this time

You may be asked to reschedule if:

  • You have a temperature greater than 99.6
  • You have any new onset of the following symptoms listed below
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You have been in close contact with who is positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You have traveled outside the United States

If your appointment is at our Washington DC center (located at 2141 K Street) and you have traveled to any of the high-risk states (below), you must self-quarantine for 14 days prior to your appointment.

Thank you for your continued trust in Washington Radiology. If you have any questions about our heightened safety procedures, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (703) 280-9800 for more information.

High-risk states:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Reschedule if you have the following symptoms:

  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue