#SHOREHEALTHCAREHEROES: Diagnostic Imaging

Kristin Hodge, Ultrasound technologist; Brittany Brian, Ultrasound Technologist; Emily Pinto, MRI Technologist; April Roadside, ultrasound Technologist; Theresa Pataky, File Room Coordinator

May 20, 2020

Shore’s Diagnostic Imaging staff is right there on the front lines every day taking care of our patients.  The Covid-19 pandemic has brought challenges to how imaging is performed, but the technologists at Shore have worked together to overcome these hurdles.  From X-Ray and CAT scan to Ultrasound and EKG, our team at Shore has continued to ensure our patients receive the best quality of images possible to ensure accurate diagnosis.

The need for testing has not decreased as a result of Covid.  In fact, many tests performed in our department play an essential role in the diagnosis and treatment of the virus.  “Our staff and physicians have worked very hard to stay up to date and make necessary adjustments to imaging protocols as they relate to Covid-19”, says Administrative Director, Mei Gavrell.

In the Diagnostic Imaging Department we perform: CAT scan, X-Ray, General Ultrasound, ECHO ultrasound, Vascular ultrasound, EKG, EEG, MRI, Nuclear Medicine studies, Interventional Procedures, and mammography.  In addition to highly trained technologists, our team includes office coordinators and technical aids who have worked hard to maintain efficient work flows and patient care.   The team is proud to play an integral role in the care and treatment of all Shore’s patients.  

Our team has taken proper precautions to ensure the safety of our patients as well as each other.  Whenever possible, our team will don the proper PPE and perform testing at the bedside to help mitigate potential spread of infection.  When necessary, patients will be brought to an exam room for certain types of testing.  We have worked closely with our robust Infection Prevention Team to make sure we are using proper PPE and protecting our equipment effectively.  “One good thing that has come out of this, is that thanks to the continued support of our EVS department, we have developed extremely thorough disinfection processes for our imaging rooms”, reports Gavrell.      

“While we all look forward to returning to a more normal state, our team will continue to work together to keep our patients safe, provide quality care, and support one another throughout and beyond this pandemic” promises Gavrell.