How to prepare your child for an x-ray or MRI

Going to the doctor can be scary enough for young children. So the idea of an X-Ray or MRI may prove particularly stressful. You see sophisticated equipment that can help identify risks to your child’s health. Your child, however, may simply see a big machine with laser-like lights strong enough to see through their skin and bones. Her perception of what it’s like to … Read More

How Does MRI Work?

MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a procedure used in imaging centers to scan patients and determine the severity of certain injuries. An MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Common reasons people go in to get an MRI are for a sprained ankle or back pain. What should I do … Read More

Don’t make this mistake

As we head into a new year, where health insurance deductibles reset to $0, DIS shares an interesting article regarding consumers saving “thousands” of dollars by going “independent.” Highlights include: You may be paying much more for… your outpatient medical tests than you need to—by as much as 85 percent; There is enormous variability in pricing for medical imaging tests, … Read More

More Health-Law Changes Coming in 2013

Most of the really big changes—including health-insurance exchanges and tax credits to help people buy coverage—aren’t coming into play until 2014. Still, the provisions going into effect in 2013, along with those that have already been introduced, can affect any changes you might want to make to your health coverage. Next year will see some of the many significant changes … Read More

Ways to fight osteoporosis

–By Tammy Worth, Health.com Most people know calcium strengthens bones. But there are more than a dozen other ways to fight osteoporosis, the silent, bone-thinning condition that can lead to fractures, back and neck pain, and a loss of up to 6 inches of height over time. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it’s more common in women, … Read More

What is ultrasound of the kidneys?

A kidney ultrasound is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the size, shape, and location of the kidneys. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the kidneys and related structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to the kidneys. A kidney ultrasound uses a handheld probe called a transducer … Read More

CT Scan Benefit May Beat Risks

HealthDay — December 18 (HealthDay News) — Repeat CT scans deliver a big dose of potentially hazardous radiation over time, but the short-term benefit may outweigh the long-term risk for men with testicular cancer, a new study suggests. With Americans getting more and more CT scans, concerns exist about the potential for that radiation exposure to raise a person’s cancer … Read More

Self-referral by physicians boosts Medicare imaging costs: GAO

October 31, 2012 — It’s estimated that in 2010, providers who self-referred patients for advanced imaging made about 400,000 more referrals than they would have had they not had a financial interest in the imaging equipment and that these referrals cost the Medicare system an additional $109 million, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report was requested … Read More

Open MRI: don’t be fooled by misleading information

Closed magnets have a large horizontal tube or “bore” and are open at both ends. Since the patient is completely encircled inside the magnet, these magnets are not patient-friendly for claustrophobic or large patients. Some imaging centers refer to their short-bore magnets as “open” so be sure to ask if they have a true open magnet. Look for yourself — does this look … Read More

Obamacare fee of $63 per person to begin in 2014

From an online news article posted this week: Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest … Read More

D.I.S. makes donation in the fight against breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services was pleased to present a check for $6,226 to the American Cancer Society, in support of their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. D.I.S. was the Flagship Sponsor for the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in New Orleans on October 7. Thank you to our employees and to the women who place their … Read More

Lung Cancer Staging and Imaging Options

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an emerging modality in lung cancer staging. It allows for combination fo functional and anatomic assessment of lesions, especially useful in detecting nodal involvement or metastatic spread. Tumor cells have a higher than normal metabolism, detect on PET by their increased glucose uptake, which makes PET an excellent modality to classify indeterminate lesions, thus reducing … Read More

Is this the type of service you would want for your imaging exam?

A woman visited D.I.S. this week to have her screening mammogram. She works for a physician’s office in the New Orleans area. She had new insurance and her provider instructed her to come to D.I.S. for her test. However, the woman was willing to go to a local hospital instead for her mammogram, with a willingness to pay the difference … Read More

D.I.S. patient information brochure now available

If you have never visited a D.I.S. facility in the past, or it has been some time since your last visit with us, click on the link below to view (and print) our updated informational brochure. This concise pamphlet provides an overview of our most common services, our imaging technologies and our main contact information. If you would like a … Read More

Staying Well: Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk or Find Breast Cancer Early

From the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”: Scheduling Your Mammogram Jump-start your New Year resolutions by scheduling your next mammogram now. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get one every year, along with a breast exam by your doctor or nurse. You should also tell your doctor right away about any breast changes … Read More

What did people think of their visit to D.I.S.?

Last month, several people provided us with feedback regarding their visit to D.I.S. The location was easy to park and get to.  All the personnel were very friendly to talk to. The office was very neat. Everything was very nice. I appreciate the late hours. Wonderful, wonderful place. Love it. The service is wonderful. The techs are very friendly and … Read More

Study leaves women with conflicting advice on mammograms

Controversial U.S. guidelines for mammography issued in 2009, calling for screening every two years rather than annually for women over 50 years old, can result in breast cancers being missed, according to U.S. researchers studying the hotly debated topic. Dr. Elizabeth Arleo of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and lead researcher examined the impact of the revised task force … Read More

Scatter Radiation from Mammography Presents No Cancer Risk

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The radiation dose to areas of the body near the breast during mammography is negligible, or very low, and does not result in an increased risk of cancer, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The results suggest that the use of thyroid shields during mammography … Read More

A gold star recommendation

A “gold star” was recommended for three DIS associates at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, who provided a wonderful patient experience to a woman who came to us for her annual mammogram. The woman specifically pointed out Patty, who works in our reception area, and Melissa and Michele from our Women’s Center.  Needless to say, our patient … Read More

Woman grateful for our High Field Open Sided MRI System

D.I.S. received the following note from a woman who came to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie this month for her MRI: I went for my first MRI today, 11/21/12 & the technician in Metairie was wonderful. She helped me tremendously. I’m claustrophobic, but she talked me through it & made me feel comfortable. I couldn’t have done … Read More

Consumerism in health care: the doctor-patient paradigm has changed

DIS is providing excerpts from a news story published regarding evidence that “patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just as they would any other consumer choice.” For a long while, the doctor-patient paradigm has been one in which “doctor knows best.” But this framework has changed as patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just … Read More

D.I.S. making donation to the local American Cancer Society

D.I.S. is the flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in the New Orleans area.  This year, D.I.S. will make a donation of over $6,000 to the local chapter, in support of their funding efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Our donation will be made on December 11.  We’re very proud to participate in the … Read More