Coronavirus Precautions for Physicians According to Dr. Jose Pizarro

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, many physicians found that patients were putting off necessary treatment and screening exams in fear of catching the virus. Many doctors never stopped seeing patients in person during the pandemic, including neuroradiologists like Dr. Jose Pizarro. Conditions like cancer and concussions required continuing treatment despite the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Jose Pizarro from Longboat Key, Florida, explains how doctors and hospitals took precautions against contracting and spreading the coronavirus to their vulnerable patients. He also gives an overview of the practice of neuroradiology and the types of patients these specialized doctors help every day, along with the particular precautions that neuroradiologists have taken to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Dr. Jose Pizarro from Longboat Key, Florida, Discusses COVID and Healthcare

What is Neuroradiology?

Neuroradiology is a specialty within radiology. This focus area is concerned with diagnosing problems in the brain, head, neck, and spine.

Neuroradiologists are often consulted by doctors who need guidance in choosing the proper imaging tests for their patients and interpreting them to provide the best possible coverage for their disorders. Neuroradiologists can interpret X-rays, MRIs (magnetic resonance images), and CT (computed tomography) scans of the face, neck, brain, spine, and spinal cord as well as peripheral nerves. They can also perform angiographic studies on the brain and spine, interpreting the findings.

Examining patients in this manner allows neuroradiologists to diagnose genetic conditions, aneurysms, strokes, tumors, Alzheimer’s disease, and several other causes of dysfunction at early stages.

Diagnosing these conditions at an early stage allows the treating physician to counsel the patient accurately and start the most helpful therapy at the earliest possible time.

Neuroradiologists can also treat many neurological disorders, including brain aneurysms, compression fractures of the spine, and arteriovenous malformations.

Coronavirus Precautions

Dr. Jose Pizarro from Longboat Key, Florida, Outlines Safety Protocols

Unlike many other medical specialties which could see patients remotely or by teleconference, neuroradiologists must see their patients in person to properly diagnose and treat them. As a result, neuroradiology facilities remained open during the worst months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Responsible doctor’s offices and hospitals take many precautions to keep patients as safe as possible, even while the coronavirus is one of the country’s leading causes of death. The most necessary precaution undertaken by doctors’ offices is the use of personal protective equipment or PPE. Personal protective equipment in hospitals frequently covers the doctor or nurse’s entire body. This means that the doctor or nurse can get their job done without the risk of inhaling or spreading the respiratory droplets responsible for the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The next necessary precaution taken by doctors’ offices and hospitals is frequent cleaning of all surfaces. Doctors’ offices are known to be cautious about keeping their facilities clean, but the coronavirus pandemic has brought cleanliness to an entirely new level of importance. Regularly wiping all surfaces, changing papers and linens, and cleaning floors and counters, as well as high-touch surfaces, can help to mitigate the spread of the disease.

In addition, hospitals and doctors’ offices perform screening tests on their patients before they are allowed to enter the practice. Patients are screened for coronavirus symptoms, including headache, loss of smell and taste, cough, and sore throat. Their temperatures are taken to make sure that they do not have a fever when they enter the practice.

Protecting Patients and Staff

When doctors and their offices take these precautions, they can significantly reduce the potential of spreading the coronavirus. Patients should never put off treatment for serious conditions like concussions, aneurysms, or other problems that neuroradiologists can diagnose and treat. The cost of waiting to treat these problems can be the difference between life and death.

Patients can feel good about visiting their doctors during the coronavirus pandemic because they take many precautions against spreading the disease. Visiting restaurants, bars, and shopping malls and spending time with their friends and family indoors and unmasked is far more likely to spread the coronavirus than attending a doctor’s appointment where many precautions are being taken.

Visiting Your Doctor

When you or your primary care physician suspect that you have a problem that a neuroradiologist should treat, make an appointment right away. Any delay in seeing the neuroradiologist can lead to serious impacts on the brain and peripheral nerves.

Specialized Treatment Saves Lives

Patients treated by neuroradiologists are more likely to survive serious problems with the nervous system and blood vessels in the head and neck. The neuroradiologist is a valuable care partner for primary care physicians, neurologists, and vascular surgeons.

Dr. Jose Pizarro wants all patients to know that their doctors, both in primary care and hospital settings, are taking all of the necessary precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 to their patients and staff. It is time to stop putting off necessary medical appointments and to return to normal routines. However, patients should still wear masks, socially distance themselves, and stay home if they are sick.

Dr. Jose Pizarro is a radiologist and currently evaluates Diffusion Tensor Imaging and the effects of trauma on thousands of patients every year.