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ARA Response to Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccines are not available to the public at ARA and ARA will not be serving as a distribution point for vaccines. We have been fortunate to receive a limited supply for our ARA front line health care workers. If you want to find out more about vaccine availability, see this Texas Division of Emergency Management distribution map. Please also note that it is best to check directly with the distribution location as the map may not reflect the latest information. 

The ARA team is here for Central Texas.

The ARA team is here for Central Texas.

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When you visit our facilities

In order to assist in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, we have made adjustments to our care processes with the goal of providing uninterrupted services. This includes screening patients and employees, enhanced cleaning services, limiting visitors to the imaging centers, and maintaining social distancing.

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Imaging center patient guidelines

Screening stations for COVID-19 have been set up at the entrance of every open ARA location to ensure anyone entering is not at high risk for COVID-19 infection. Patients and staff will be surveyed for contact with COVID-19 and asked about symptoms upon entry.

  • Open imaging centers will image all patients, even those experiencing fever with respiratory symptoms that are not suspected to be related to COVID-19. Chest X-ray patients experiencing fever with respiratory symptoms will be seen only at our Respiratory Diagnostic Imaging Center (see details below).
  • Patients with positive or pending COVID-19 tests will be seen for chest X-rays at our Respiratory Diagnostic Imaging Centers (see details below).
  • After you check in at the screening station, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle and will be notified by text message when it is time for you to enter the center.
  • All employees and patients are required to wear a mask. If you have your own mask, please wear it. For the safety of all, please do not wear bandanas, neck gaiters, or masks with valves.


Mild to severe symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all possible symptoms. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


The ARA Respiratory Diagnostic Imaging Center (RDIC) is open.

  • Our site at 1600 W 38th St (in the Jefferson Building) will image all patients experiencing fever with cough or shortness of breath who need a chest X-ray only, including those who have a positive or pending COVID-19 test.
    • You will be required to wear a mask.
    • If you come to one of our other locations, you will be redirected to the RDIC.

Be sure to have your insurance card and photo ID ready to present to the front desk. If you have prior imaging that is related to your exam, please be sure and tell your ARA scheduler.

To speak to a representative about your visit if you are ill, please call (512) 453-6100.


Visitor rules and caregiver screening

ARA is following social distancing guidelines with patients and ARA personnel by staying 6 feet apart when possible and by asking visitors to remain in the car. Exceptions are made in cases where it is medically necessary for the caregiver to stay with the patient, or if parent is attending a child. If the caregiver or parent shows signs and symptoms of having coronavirus, imaging center personnel will attend the patient.

  • Any visitors who are not essential caregivers will be asked to remain outside the imaging center in the car to observe social distancing.
  • Essential caregivers will be screened and instructed as listed above.


Imaging center status

ARA is dedicated to serving Central Texans and will be adjusting imaging center status during the coronavirus crisis to best use staff and supplies. Please check here daily for information.

Austin Center Boulevard & Austin Center Boulevard Women’s Imaging OPEN
Cedar Park & Cedar Park Women’s Imaging OPEN
Children’s Imaging OPEN
Dripping Springs OPEN
Georgetown OPEN
Kyle & Kyle Women’s Imaging OPEN
Georgetown OPEN
Medical Park Tower OPEN
Midtown/Austin Vein Center OPEN
Quarry Lake OPEN
Manor OPEN
San Marcos OPEN
Southwest Medical Village OPEN
Southwood OPEN
Westlake OPEN
William Cannon OPEN
Wilson Parke OPEN
Women’s Imaging Center CLOSED PERMANENTLY
Respiratory Diagnostic Imaging Center OPEN


ARA screening exams:

  • Screening mammography
  • Bone densitometry
  • Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
  • CT: Virtual colonography, CT calcium scoring, CT lung screening
  • Ultrasound: Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, EVLT varicose vein screening, breast screening
  • MRI: Abbreviated breast MRI, MRA abdomen with elastography

We strongly encourage you to make your appointment now if you have put off your screening exam because of COVID-19. ARA has special protocols in place to keep you safe (see above) and you should take care of your health. Schedule your mammogram or ultrasound online now if you are a current ARA patient or call us at (512)453-6100 to talk to a representative.


A note from the Society of Breast Imaging about mammograms and the COVID-19 vaccine

Some women who receive the COVID-19 vaccine develop swollen lymph nodes under their arm on the same side as their vaccine injection. This is a normal reaction that subsides after a few weeks. However, since swollen lymph nodes are one sign of breast cancer, you may want to schedule your mammogram before your vaccine or wait at least 4 weeks after your second dose. If swollen lymph nodes are seen on your mammogram, your ARA breast imager may ask you to return for more imaging. Both your mammogram and your vaccine are very important for your health. If you are already overdue for your mammogram, please don’t postpone it because of your vaccine appointment. Get more information from the Society for Breast Imaging here.


For more information about COVID-19


VACCINES: ARA does not have any publicly available vaccines—we are passing ours along to groups that are set up for public vaccination. We appreciate your understanding.
MASKS: ARA continues to require employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.

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