The VCU Health Baird Vascular Institute is excited to begin offering both general diagnostic and vascular ultrasound services. The ultrasound technology that gives you the first look at a baby in the womb is the technology that has transformed the practice of medicine — offering a high-resolution, live picture of what is going on in your body and inside your veins. Using ultrasound imaging, we can take a close-up, precise and live-action view of bodily organs, veins, arteries, and the blood moving throughout your body.
Ultrasound is ultrasafe. Unlike ionizing radiation that is used in x-rays or CT scans, ultrasound technology utilizes soundwaves to look inside the body. This means that ultrasound is a very safe and effective way to perform diagnostic imaging. Now with general diagnostic ultrasound we are able to perform:
- Abdominal scans
- Kidney scans
- Testicular ultrasound
- Thyroid scans
- Liver doppler…and much more
We know that in most cases, you are anxious to get results. Our ultrasound services are provided with that in mind. We have a flexible schedule and will work to get you in as soon as possible and we are often able to provide same-day appointments.
Our state-of-the-art facility offers customized care tailored to the individual needs of each patient – set in a warm and friendly environment located conveniently just off Interstate 195 in the near West End. To set up an appointment, simply call our front desk at 804.828.2600 for immediate service.
We’ve brought together leading interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons to provide the Greater Richmond and Central Virginia region with the very best patient experience possible. We offer a level of medical expertise, experience and knowledge usually found only in a major academic medical center – all in a convenient outpatient setting.
Cancer patients are one of the most vulnerable populations when it comes to contagious diseases like the flu. Even otherwise healthy people are left miserable by the flu, but it can be extremely agonizing for people with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients.
Flu season is at its worst December through February, but starts as soon as early fall. Most people affected by a case of the flu recover within a couple of weeks at home on their own. However, cancer patients are at an increased risk of complications from the flu, and need to take flu season seriously.
For cancer patients, the biggest concern is the high risk of serious complications if they do get the flu. Not only that, but often in those with weakened immune systems, the flu doesn’t always present itself with the traditional set of symptoms like fever, muscle aches and chills. If you have a compromised immune system because of cancer and start experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or coughing — and especially a fever — see a doctor immediately.
There are a few common-sense things you can do to decrease your likelihood of catching the flu, such as:
- Avoid crowded places during flu season. This doesn’t mean you have to become a hermit all winter, just use common sense. If you must make a trip to the store, don’t go on a Saturday afternoon when it’s most packed. Chose a time where it won’t be as busy.
- Wash your hands. We can’t say this enough – and if soap and water isn’t handy, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel.
- Get a flu shot. We understand this can be a scary thought, but it’s important. According to the CDC, “People with cancer or a history of cancer should receive the seasonal flu shot. People who live with or care for cancer patients and survivors also should be vaccinated against seasonal flu.”
- If you think you’ve been exposed, call your doctor. The CDC also says, “If you have received cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy within the last month, or have a blood or lymphatic form of cancer, call your doctor immediately if you have been within six feet (1.8m) of someone known or suspected to have the flu. Your doctor may give you antiviral drugs to help prevent the flu. If you have cancer and have not received treatment within the last month, or you have had cancer in the past but are cancer-free now, and you have had close contact with someone known or suspected to have the flu, call your doctor and ask if you should receive antiviral drugs.
With some planning, it’s possible to avoid the flu and any complications, even while undergoing cancer treatment.