Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update.

At Inland Imaging, we’re taking the coronavirus threat seriously. That’s why we’re implementing protocols to help minimize health risks to our patients, staff, and the community at large.

BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED EXAM

  • If you are experiencing a fever, we will be unable to perform your exam as scheduled. Please call (509) 455-4455 to reschedule.
  • If you are symptom free but your exam is not urgent, please call to reschedule. If you’re unsure about the urgency of your exam, talk to your doctor to help decide what’s best in your current situation.

ENTERING OUR FACILITIES

In an effort to increase safety and to encourage social distancing, Inland Imaging will ask that able-bodied adult patients enter and exit the imaging center by themselves and friends/family wait in the car while they obtain their imaging study. For those adult patients that require assistance or children needing adult supervision we will allow a single caregiver/family member to accompany the patient. Anyone entering our imaging center with a cough will be asked to don a mask.

While these guidelines are designed to fit most circumstances we understand that there will always be special cases that may require a different solution. We will make every effort to safely accommodate those needs.

A greeter will meet you at the door where you’ll be screened for:

  • FEVER (You will need to reschedule for a later date). We will also be taking all patient’s and guest’s temperatures.
  • COUGH (We’ll ask you to wear a mask for the duration of your visit or reschedule for a later date).
  • DIFFICULTY BREATHING (If your exam isn’t urgent we’ll ask you to reschedule for a later date).
  • Depending on the urgency of your exam you may also be referred to a dedicated Inland Imaging center, a local Urgent Care or the ER for further evaluation.

DO MASKS REALLY HELP? Sacred Heart laboratory experiment provides visual proof.

Microbe-containing droplets are produced by coughing, talking, singing and sneezing. Mask are effective at blocking these droplets, even when up close.

Demonstration: to show the effect of mask use during different behaviors, a bacteria culture plate was held approximately 1.5 feet in front of a person’s mouth. Droplets from the upper respiratory tract and mouth landed on the plates and after culturing for 24 hours, colonies of bacteria (not viruses*) can be seen.

Masks limit the spread of most microbe-containing droplets produced by coughing. Even without a mask, these droplets mostly traveled less than 6 feet.

Demonstration: to show the value of appropriate distancing, bacteria culture plates were placed 2 feet, 4 feet and 6 feet away from a person who coughed aggressively for approximately 15 seconds. Droplets from the upper respiratory tract and mouth landed on the plates, and after culturing for 24 hours, colonies of bacteria (not viruses*) can be seen.