Medicare and Managed Medicare health insurance now cover 3D mammography

Women with Medicare and Managed Medicare plans (i.e. Humana Gold, Choices 65, etc.) can choose the 3D mammography option for their screening without any additional fees. For nearly four years, these plans also cover 3D in addition to the traditional portion of their mammogram. 3D mammography is also known as breast tomosynthesis. There are several additional health insurance plan types … Read More

How to perform a self breast exam

Many times, women will ask our technologists at our various DIS centers on the proper way to conduct a breast self-examination. While there are numerous pieces of literature available, as well as many online resources, here is a step-by-step guide we like to recommend. Of course, your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider can also recommend the best … Read More

Research shows 3D mammography helps in accuracy of detecting breast cancer

In a healthcare journal article published,  more and more clinical evidence indicates that using 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. Now another benefit of the technology is coming to the forefront: Adding DBT to digital mammography helps radiologists categorize lesions more accurately. More accurate … Read More

The risk factors of prostate cancer

Researchers do not know the exact cause of prostate cancer, but have found that men with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the disease. Risk factors to consider include age, family history, race and diet. Age: In men younger than 45, prostate cancer is rare, but the chance of getting it goes up significantly as they get older. The … Read More

Your first mammogram: what to expect

Going through something the first time is usually when it cause the most concern, worry and anxiousness, particularly as it applies to breasts cancer screening. Here is some information we would like to provide to hopefully put women who are having their very first mammogram at ease. How do you prepare for a screening mammogram? Here are a couple of things that … Read More

Why a prostate exam with 3T MRI and Computer Aided Detection is best

Because the prostate is a small organ located deep in the pelvis, traditional imaging methods have not been very successful in detecting prostate cancer. However, utilizing new generation 3T MRI scanners and special parameters with interpretation of images by an experienced radiologist, greater than 97% accuracy can now be achieved in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer or excluding significant cancer. … Read More

Rotator cuff injuries often diagnosed with MRI

Ahhh…fall is soon here. This season means football, exercise and …shoulder injuries? That’s right, shoulder injuries. While this sport uses different muscles, they all involve repetitive use of the shoulder that can lead to potential shoulder instability (when the shoulder joint is loose and slides around too much in the socket). This repetitive motion can cause the shoulder ligaments to … Read More

What is the function of an imaging test?

Diagnostic imaging lets doctors look inside your body for clues about a medical condition. A variety of machines and techniques can create pictures of the structures and activities inside your body. The type of imaging your doctor uses depends on your symptoms and the part of your body being examined. They include: X-rays CT scans Nuclear medicine scans MRI scans … Read More

What is breast cyst aspiration?

A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac, like a tiny balloon, inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They can cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancer). In breast cyst aspiration, your doctor uses a small needle to make sure that the breast lump is a cyst, and to drain fluid from the cyst. … Read More

What’s the value of nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic test. One unique aspect of a nuclear medicine test is its extreme sensitivity to abnormalities in an organ’s structure or function. As an integral part of patient care, nuclear medicine is used in the diagnosis, … Read More

The sounds of MRI

Those of us who work at Diagnostic Imaging Services are often asked by people, particularly those who have never had an MRI before, “I’ve heard that lots of different sounds are made by the machine. Is that true?” Yes, that is true. The sounds are made by the banging is the vibration of metal coils in the machine caused by … Read More

Pipe up to your doctor, pick up the phone and shop around

That’s not advice coming from Diagnostic Imaging Services. Of course, we fully endorse it and have recommended these courses of action for years. People must stop being passive patients and become engaged as a active consumer. This advice comes from a myriad of sources, from reporters who cover investigative stories on healthcare prices to national organizations who recommend ways for … Read More

Warning: do not be fooled by a hospital’s “outpatient” imaging

Many people have been duped by following a recommendation to go to an outpatient imaging center that is not on the main campus of a hospital. However, what people do not know is that even if the center is not located on the hospital grounds, because it is still owned by the hospital, it will bill at hospital charges and … Read More

What is radiculopathy?

If anyone has ever heard of this term in their discussion with their physician or health care provider, or has been examined/treated by a neurologist, Diagnostic Imaging Services would like to shed some light on what this condition is about. Radiculopathy is a disorder or disease of nerve roots that enter or leave the spine. Nerve roots are the lowest part … Read More

DIS offers a price transparency edge over area hospitals

More and more people who are recommended to have an imaging exam are demanding to know the cost of procedures up front — cost being what they potentially might have to pay after the calculation of an exam’s list price and insurance discounts. After all, with both high co-pay and high deductible health plans, they now bear more responsibility for a … Read More

Osteoporosis Awareness: bone density scans detect low bone mass

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more … Read More

Who are the best candidates?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “So, who are the best candidates to take advantages of cutting-edge 3D mammography technology? 3D mammography is especially recommended for women with dense breasts., With conventional mammography, the images of dense breasts don’t always show us everything radiologists need to see. It is particularly beneficial for patients who are at high risk for breast … Read More

Explaining Computed Tomography (CT) in a simple manner

A CT scan uses a computer that takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside a human body and converts them into pictures on a monitor. CT stands for computerized tomography. Tomography is the process of generating a 2-dimensional image of a slice or section through a 3-dimensional object. Similar to looking at one slice of bread within the … Read More

High quality and lower cost. Yes, it’s possible in health care.

A few months ago, many of you have started the year with a new healthcare plan. Many more individuals who chose their employer’s health insurance plan faced high (or higher) deductibles. For many, this means a higher health insurance deductible than you have ever had before. Did you know that even in the medical field, different service providers charge different … Read More

Lung cancer Isn’t the only smoking-related cancer

A 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that 48.5 percent of around 346,000 deaths attributed to 12 types of cancer are caused by cigarette smoke. Lead researcher from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Rebecca L. Siegel, and her colleagues combed through data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey and the Cancer Prevention Study III. The research … Read More

Hospital ‘facility fees’ add to ballooning costs of health care for consumers

DIS shares this story about ballooning health care costs in the state of Vermont, with one reason being: The root of these increases are controversial charges known as “facility fees,” and they are routinely tacked on to patients’ bills not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices simply because they’ve been purchased by … Read More

The mistake that can cost you up to 85% MORE for medical tests

Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can be very expensive if you don’t have insurance. In fact, they can be expensive even if you DO have insurance, depending on your policy’s deductibles and co-pays. Most people don’t realize that the fees for these procedures can vary tremendously, depending on where they are performed. Many people use hospitals … Read More

Cost vs. convenience: What if you could have both?

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. If you have ever had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, you are well aware of the expense involved. However, choosing to get your scans done outside of a hospital could save you big bucks. Hospital radiology departments can … Read More

Higher cost doesn’t always translate to higher quality

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a blog post about the payoff people can often, if not always, receive, when they do comparison shopping for medical exams such as MRI, CT or ultrasound tests. The quote above comes from a person from Aetna, a health insurance provider. In other areas of health care, it’s agreed that price shopping for something specialized such as a … Read More

Be a smart shopper on health care

The bane of any purchaser is not knowing enough about the purchase opportunity. We try hard to understand the relationship between price and what we’re getting. Nowhere is this bane more pronounced than in our relationship with our health care system. There are many ways we interface with it: Emergencies — where we ask no questions and simply plead to … Read More

You better shop around…

That’s the recommendation in a blog post regarding prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams. Whether you have health insurance that included a deductible — and often those deductibles extend into the thousands of dollars — or if you uninsured, an exam cost can be daunting for most. However, by being smart and comparing prices (and yes, it will take … Read More

DIS calls this month “Movember”

Diagnostic Imaging Services calls this month “Movember” as we join the movement to change the face of men’s health. As a group of men who are part of DIS, we are committed to: Grow a mo (or more) for 30 days. Not mo alone. This is all part of raising awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The … Read More

Breast MRI: an important piece of the imaging puzzle

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information about an advanced imaging exam we perform as part of our portfolio of women’s imaging services: breast MRI. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool that has many important uses, including:   Screening in women at high risk for breast cancer. Determining the extent … Read More

What is a PI-RADS score?

The tremendous interest in 3T multiparametric MRI (mpMRI), not only here in the U.S. but around the world, brought with it the challenge of how to standardize the reporting of prostate image analysis among radiologists around the globe. The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) proposed a numeric system called the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System, or PI-RADS, for … Read More

An explanation of an exam that is very difficult to pronounce: HSG

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. It often is done for women who are having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile). During a hysterosalpingogram, a dye (contrast material) is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Because the uterus and the fallopian tubes are hooked together, … Read More

What an MRI identifies for confirming and monitoring multiple sclerosis

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) imaging of the brain and spinal cord is the most common diagnostic tool to confirm the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and to monitor disease activity. MRI scans reveal abnormalities in the majority (90% to 95%) of people with MS. Although brain lesions are more common than spinal cord lesions, imaging of both brain and spinal cord … Read More

Positioning inside an MRI

This is an inquiry our call center associates and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists get asked frequently. We thought we would provide a brief answer. Center of the MRIThe part of the body that is scanned must be in the center of the scanner tunnel. If the body part being scanned is from the waist down, you will be placed … Read More

Federal law allows hospitals to charge facility fees

From a news story posted locally comes this excerpt: Federal law allows hospitals to charge facility fees for outpatient services at affiliated clinics, regardless of whether the clinic is anywhere near the hospital. The clinics may have the same equipment, staffing and operating expenses as a private practice, and may look much the same as a private practice, but the simple fact … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services adds sixth and seventh locations

Here we grow again! Pardon our progress! Often times, people will hear these phrases when organization either expand or improve upon what they do. For Diagnostic Imaging Services, both hold true. As of May 1, 2017 DIS has opened a sixth and seventh location to expand our reach of services and expertise in southeast Louisiana. Our new locations are: 3434 … Read More

Your midsection and ultrasound

What is considered to be the “abdominal area, the midsection so to speak of  your body?” Most would consider the abdomen to be home to important organs including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and towards the back, the kidneys. So when it is necessary to examine the abdomen, there are several areas to review. Pain in the abdomen can arise from issues … Read More

What is an upper GI test?

An upper gastrointestinal series is an x-ray test used to define the anatomy of the upper digestive tract. An upper gastrointestinal series involves filling the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines with a white liquid material (barium). An upper gastrointestinal (GI) series (barium swallow), is a radiological test that is used to visualize the structures of the upper digestive system – … Read More

Need an MRI? It pays to shop around. Big time.

That’s the headline from a USA Today article published on March 28, 2017. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been touting the benefits people, their healthcare providers and insurance companies can reap from taking the time to compare prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in order to find a provider that offers the quality needed for diagnosis, yet is less expensive and easier … Read More

DIS now included by the national Prostate Cancer Research Institute

Diagnostic Imaging Services has been added to the U.S. 3T Prostate MRI Facilities as tracked by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI). DIS is the only center in the state of Louisiana included in this directory. The directory functions as a resource for men, their families and their health care providers to identify imaging centers who perform this specialized MRI study. … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services invests in improved fluoroscopy technology

Diagnostic Imaging Services recently completed the installation of updated fluoroscopy technology at our East Bank location in Metairie. Fluoroscopy pays a pivotal role in medical imaging, being integral in studies such as arthrograms and hysterosalpingograms. Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures. It’s much like an x-ray video and is often done while a contrast dye moves through the part … Read More

Insurance deductible, coinsurance, and copay: know the differences

Many people are confused about the differences between an insurance deductible, co-pay and coinsurance. In short, all three represent the portion of the medical bill that you are responsible for in case you get sick or injured. Another term used is out-of-pocket expense. However, there are some very unique differences between each one. Deductible An insurance deductible is usually a … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services adds second Northshore West facility in Covington

Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has acquired an additional imaging center location in Covington. Formerly known as Premier MRI, the center located at 1200 Pinnacle Parkway, Suite 5 in Covington is now Diagnostic Imaging Services effective March 1, 2017. With these additions, DIS expands to five … Read More

Stephanie Casey MD joins Reliant Radiology

Reliant Radiology, LLC, the exclusive provider of radiology interpretation services to Diagnostic Imaging Services, is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephanie D. Casey to its staff. Dr. Casey earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tulane University, moving on to complete her doctorate at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. Casey also completed a post-doctorate fellowship … Read More

Hospitals tend to be compensated by insurance companies at about twice the rate for private independent companies

The headline is a statement made in an article posted in the Southwest Citizen’s Guide on patient comparison shopping for imaging services. Often, the follow-up question most will ask is “Why?” Common reasons include: Hospitals often negotiate with insurers for higher reimbursement rates on their imaging services. Hospitals claim they need higher reimbursements due to their large overhead and to compensate … Read More

DIS celebrates National Wear Red Day 2017

Diagnostic Imaging Services is RED AHEAD in participating in the 2017 National Wear Red Day. Why go red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, that can change because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. By participating, DIS … Read More

Be cautious when evaluating imaging centers

When evaluating based on price, that’s the advice given by a physician who works for a university medical center in New York during a radiology conference held in late 2016. We agree with that advice. However, in looking further into the advice the physician provided, his assumptions were often that “nobody really knows” if lower prices can provide the quality … Read More

MRI and ionizing radiation: some people say yes

In a recent report from MD Anderson related to oncology patient perceptions of the use of ionizing radiation in diagnostic imaging, 29 percent said MRI used it. This is incorrect. But, it does show a gap in “health literacy” and one of the reasons Diagnostic Imaging Services uses this blog, our website and our social media tools to better explain exams … Read More

Non contrast Magnetic Resonance Angiography safe for patients with renal disease and diabetes

The post headline comes from a September 30, 2016 article posted on www.dotmed.com. The article describes the radiologists in the Chicago, Illinois area looking for a better alternative to more risky Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) exams using a contrast dye. In southeast Louisiana, that solution has been here for several months. Angiography is an imaging test that uses Magnetic Resonance … Read More

Avoid the surprise of a hospital radiology fee

Consumer frustration with the cost of medical care is at an all-time high as many purchasers of narrow-network, high deductible and high co-pay health plans are finding out that the benefits they get from their monthly insurance premiums are much more limited than they thought. One target of the ire is “surprise” medical bills for services such as radiology that … Read More