MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has expanded its vascular imaging facilities, giving physicians and patients broader access to this life-changing technology.
Formerly, most of the MedStar patients who needed specialized vascular testing traveled to MedStar Washington Hospital Center or MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, says Sony Rashid, director of MedStar’s regional vascular laboratory operations. But with new centers open at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, many patients now can schedule testing right in their communities. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center will open a vascular lab in January 2016, bringing the number of labs to five.
“Having additional specialized facilities gives our patients more flexibility,” says Rashid. “We are able to see them sooner and receive their results more quickly. This means our physicians have the information they need to develop treatment plans in a timely manner.”
“We perform more than 15,000 non-invasive vascular laboratory studies each year in D.C.,” says Edward Y. Woo, MD, FACS, director of the MedStar Vascular Program and chairman of Vascular Surgery. “In keeping with MedStar’s distributed care delivery network, we want to offer those same quality services to patients close to their homes.”
Types of imaging available in all the new facilities include peripheral arterial imaging and various vascular ultrasounds, plus specialized testing for conditions such as Raynaud’s disease. Experts trained in vascular imaging, and certified as Registered Physicians in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI), read and interpret the studies, which clinicians can access system-wide.
“Every image generated in our labs is networked to a centralized system and can be accessed at any MedStar facility via VascuBaseTM, a unique reporting software for vascular ultrasound,” says Rashid. “This allows us to provide more streamlined care and maximizes resources.”
In addition, they provide ongoing free vascular screenings weekly at various locations, says Rashid. “Results are readily available, and if a finding appears to need attention more urgently, a vascular surgeon will contact the patient and his or her primary care physician,” he explains.
“Having multiple vascular resources and physicians in our communities is a win for everyone,” says Rashid. “People rely on us because we are experts in the field, and now we are a one-stop shop.”
Call 202-877-7201 to be connected to any of the vascular labs.