Health and medical news for the week of July 16, 2018

This surprising factor may raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers led by Dr. Zoe Arvanitakis, medical director of the Rush Memory Clinic at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, find more evidence that blood pressure may be one of those risk factors. Drug shortages prompt FDA to form task force The US Food … Read More

How did a DIS employee handle an MRI scan?

This week, I underwent an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam that was performed in our 3T MRI scanner that was recently brought into the Diagnostic Imaging Services – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. As someone who has gone through MRI tests either as a “test patient” or in this case, an actual patient study, I wanted to give a few tips … Read More

Here we grow again: additional 3T MRI now in Metairie

Diagnostic Imaging Services made a commitment several years ago to continue to invest in technology and imaging capabilities that brought better opportunities for improved diagnostic results for physicians, medical providers and the public we serve. To that end, DIS has now installed a second 3T (T=Tesla) MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. Our … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of July 9, 2018

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREEZES PAYMENTS REQUIRED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT The Trump administration said on July 6that it is temporarily halting billions of dollars of payments designed to help insurers meet the Affordable Care Act requirement that they provide coverage regardless of whether a person is healthy or sick. SKINNY FAT BODY TYPE LINKED TO DEMENTIA RISK IN STUDY Being … Read More

Aspirin to one day treat Alzheimer’s disease?

By the year 2050, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 14 million people. The dramatic rise in 2050 is expected to cost American society $1 trillion in today’s dollars. $1 trillion would include a nearly FIVE-FOLD increase in government spending in Medicare and Medicaid. In 2016, one in every five Medicare dollars was … Read More

Sky high deductibles broke the US health insurance system

The above is a headline on a recent news feature published by Bloomberg, a major publisher in the business and financial market sectors. According to the feature’s authors, today, 39 percent of large employers offer only high-deductible plans, up from 7 percent in 2009, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health. Half of all workers now … Read More

Simply the best

Today, City Business Magazine released the results of their “best of” issue covering many different business and service sectors throughout the greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana areas. One area was medical imaging. We are proud to announce that Diagnostic Imaging Services has been named WINNER as the BEST diagnostic imaging center over all others that are hospital, hospital-owned or … Read More

If her provider had used more sophisticated 3D technology…

“I might have caught it before it spread to lymph nodes and before it upended my life.” That’s a quote from an April 2018 article in The Advocate with State Representative Julie Stokes. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery, and emerged from the health challenge cancer-free. In the article, Ms. Stokes revealed that she learned that her screening mammogram did not … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services to participate in Cancer Awareness Night

Diagnostic Imaging Services and its associates are participating in the upcoming June 15, 2018 New Orleans Babycakes Cancer Awareness Night occurring at the Shrine on Airline in Metairie. The ‘Cakes will take on the Fresno Grizzles with fireworks following the game. It’s an evening geared for family fun. And who can resist a fireworks show! The night will celebrate cancer … Read More

Ten good reasons why you should choose Diagnostic Imaging Services

When you visit your doctor and you get a recommendation for an imaging exam, you’ll receive a referral order, also known as a script. Often, a doctor makes a recommendation on where you should go for the scan. Please be aware that you are not mandated to go where your doctor recommends on the script. You have the right to … Read More

44 million Americans have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis

May is National Osteoporosis Month. According to the National Council for Aging Care and the National Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 44 million Americans aged 50 and older either have or face the threat of developing osteoporosis due to low bone density levels. What many may not know is that osteoporosis is not only treatable, but can be reversed with proper … Read More

What did people think of their recent DIS patient experience?

People who visit a Diagnostic Imaging Services location for a screening or diagnostic test are given an opportunity to complete a survey, telling us about their experience, from the time they made their appointment to the time they finished with the exam. Our survey is an important way for us to measure our level of quality and service, identifying associates … Read More

Why take advantage of 3D mammography technology?

This spring marks approximately five years since Diagnostic Imaging Services began performing 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms. We began with our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard Women’s Center and expanded to our Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. But, why should women take advantage of this technology? Some reasons are provided below. A 3D mammogram … Read More

What is Paget’s disease of bone?

Paget’s disease is a chronic condition which interferes with your body’s normal bone remodeling process. Bone remodeling is a process in which new bone tissue gradually replaces old bone tissue. This relationship is vital to maintain normal calcium levels in our blood. Over time, the disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget’s disease of bone most … Read More

Low on dose, high on slice in Marrero

In this case, being low is a very, very good thing. And being high (or higher) in slice is another great thing. Being low and being high at the same time is the result of the recently installed Hitachi 32-slice Supria Computed Tomography (CT) system at the Diagnostic Imaging Services Marrero – Avenue C center. A fantastic upgrade in technology. … Read More

CT Lung Cancer screening program price special offered for April 2018

Diagnostic imaging Services is adding to our screening test price specials by offering a $99 CT lung cancer screening exam at four of our locations. From April 2-30, 2018 people who do not have health insurance coverage can receive this screening. We must have a referral order from a qualified medical provider in order to conduct the exam. Four DIS … Read More

DIS celebrates our 45th year of service to southeast Louisiana

In recognition of Diagnostic Imaging Services beginning its 45th year of providing outpatient imaging service to people in the communities surrounding New Orleans, we’d like to unveil a slight revision logo which we will use this year to highlight this accomplishment. No other outpatient imaging provider has served this area longer than DIS. It is a tribute to the hardworking, … Read More

Get email appointment confirmations from Diagnostic Imaging Services

At Diagnostic Imaging Services, we have no added the ability to have appointment reminder notices sent via email to people who have made arrangements for an upcoming visit to a DIS location. It’s very simple. When you provide us with your email address (an address that is kept confidential by DIS and will not be shared outside of our organization), … Read More

At high risk for breast cancer? Start screening early

That’s the headline from a recent medical industry article published which summarizes work done by a team of physicians, along with input from the American College of Radiology (ACR). In guidelines published January 19, 2018, women at high risk for breast cancer are recommended to start annual mammography screening before the age of 40. Additional screening techniques may also be … Read More

Join DIS in observance of National Wear Red Day 2018

Go Red For Women and Diagnostic Imaging Services wants you to join us as we break the barriers against heart disease and stroke. Here’s how you can celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2, 2018. Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of … Read More

Stitching: a technique in the identification of scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine and backbone that if left untreated could lead to further health complications. Scoliosis affects about 3% of the U.S. population. Scoliosis is commonly developed in children between ages 10 and 15 and is about two times more common in girls than boys. Diagnosing and treating scoliosis in its … Read More

Study: both breast cancer screening and treatment reduce mortality rate

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the question that was trying to be answered was: Which route – breast cancer screening or breast cancer treatment, was the one that was most responsible for the remarkable decline in breast cancer mortality over several decades. The answer was somewhat surprising to the researchers. And … Read More

Research: Breast MRI twice a year best for young women at high risk

For young women with a high genetic risk of breast cancer, twice-yearly MRI exams are more effective for detecting early disease than an annual mammogram, according to new research presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) in Texas. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Washington in Seattle found that an intensive surveillance protocol … Read More

Report cites “out of pocket” health spending is soaring

According to a research report published in early December, U.S. health care spending increased to $3.3 trillion in 2016, with out-of-pocket health care costs borne directly by consumers rising 3.9 percent – the fastest rate of growth since 2007. Published by the non-profit organization, Health Affairs, health expenditures swallowed a greater part of the economy, with health expenditures making up … Read More

Study: 3D mammography finds smaller cancer than 2D mammography does

According to a presentation made recently at a radiology-centered medical convention, a study was presented that showed breast cancer screening utilizing 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), identifies smaller breast cancer when compared to 2D screening mammography. This finding indicates that this technology can improve health outcomes for women diagnosed with early breast cancer. … Read More

What is a Pars fracture?

Recently, a person visited Diagnostic Imaging Services due to experiencing low back and right leg pain. They also had a previous medical history of lumbar spine surgery. In this instance, the medical provider recommended a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan that was part of a nuclear medicine Image Merge study in which the two imaging techniques, CT and nuclear medicine, were … Read More

Trying to put 3D mammography dose in understandable terms

One of the questions often posed by women and by medical providers regarding 3D mammography is about overall safety. Over the last several years, numerous reports, studies and research has come out regarding what we call ionizing radiation, which is defined as radiation consisting of particles, x-rays, or gamma rays with sufficient energy to cause ionization in the medium through … Read More

The important role DEXA play in diagnosing weak bone structures

About 54 million adults in the United States are affected by osteoporosis and osteopenia (which means low bone mass). These conditions significantly increase the risk for serious spine, hip and thigh fractures that can cause long-term disability, considerable discomfort and long-term recovery. Although osteoporosis occurs most commonly in menopausal women, anyone can develop the disease. Understanding your risks for osteoporosis can play a very … Read More

The difference between 2D and 3D mammography

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women in the United States are told by their medical provider that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer takes the lives of tens of thousands of women. When breast cancer is detected early – before it has spread – it is easier to treat. Women have a much better chance … Read More

You Night Northshore celebrates life with breast cancer survivors

Thursday, October 26, 2017 was a night for celebration on the victories won over cancer. They were celebrated by beautiful women, their families and friends who cheered them on with thunderous applause at the You Night Northshore 2017 Runway Fashion Show. With a 1960’s British invasion theme, it was indeed “groovy baby!” From the hosts, Austin Powers and the gorgeous … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services featured on local medical TV show

Diagnostic Imaging Services had the pleasure of having one of our women’s health radiologists, Dr. Deanna Karl, and a woman who has chosen DIS for her imaging needs, Ms. Maureen, as guests on the Doctors New Orleans television show. Airing live on October 3 on WLAE-TV, host Maria Muro lead a discussion on the importance of breast cancer screening and … Read More

What does it mean when a woman is told she has dense breasts?

Dense breast tissue refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. It’s a normal and common finding. Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue. A major study was … Read More

We are spreading the word about the benefits of 3D mammography

The signs you see to the right are new billboards that Diagnostic Imaging Services will have live during the month of October at different locations in the greater New Orleans area. This is something new for us. Many times, people will see billboards for hospitals and other medical practices. This is truly a test for us to see if our … Read More

The power and superiority of Genius 3D mammography

Conventional 2D mammograms provide doctors with a 2D image to evaluate the breast. This can be limiting due to overlapping layers of tissue, which can sometimes produce unclear results, false alarms, or worse–cancer being missed. Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer, and over 100 clinical studies … Read More

Multiparametric MRI may prevent unnecessary prostate biopsies

That’s the headline from a 2017 article in the clinical journal Renal & Urology News. It goes on to state “Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MP-MRI) can clarify which men with an elevated PSA (up to 15 ng/mL within 3 months) can safely avoid an immediate prostate biopsy and improve the accuracy of prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis, according to a new study.” … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: choose DIS for your screening

Diagnostic Imaging Services performs screening and diagnostic mammograms at all four of our locations. All of our sites – Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21, also off the 3D breast tomosynthesis option. During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid … Read More

Eat Drink Cure LA to be held October 8 in New Orleans

Join the American Cancer Society and Harrah’s New Orleans for an inspirational affair to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from our restaurant partners as we honor cancer survivors, present a fashion show featuring the creations of local designer Mimi Holaday, send male models down the runway in bedazzled bras, and entertain with live music … Read More

Supporting the relief efforts of the Cajun Navy during Hurricane Harvey

On Friday, September 8, 2017, people who visited one of our centers or our administrative offices may have seen a more relaxed, casual business attire atmosphere than what they normally would expect. This was on purpose. Employees who wished to participate wore their best jeans to work on September 8 and in exchange, made a financial donation toward Hurricane Harvey … Read More

Opening up clear communication channels for radiology patients and the public

Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostic Imaging Services, Michael Holmes, was profiled in the September 2017 issue of New Orleans Living magazine. Michael provided excellent insight into not only the world of radiology, but also healthcare, offering advice that can be quite valuable to the general public. Being vigilant and your own advocate for your healthcare dollar spending has … Read More

Insurance company takes aim at hospital outpatient imaging tests

Anthem, often called a “Blues giant,” has taken a strike against healthcare services that are provided in a hospital when the same services could be performed in an independent non-hospital outpatient setting and at lower rates. Anthem is not a health insurance carrier in Louisiana. However, it will be interesting to see how other insurance providers, as well as hospitals … Read More

Nuclear medicine studies soon to be performed on the Northshore

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that nuclear medicine studies will soon be performed on the Northshore. The additional of nuclear medicine at our Covington – Highway 21 facility is part of our continuing commitment to being the imaging provider of choice for residents and medical providers in southeast Louisiana. No other independent outpatient imaging organization provides more exams … Read More

Four money saving questions to ask every medical service provider

If you want information about saving money DIRECTLY from a person who works in the health care field, this presentation is for you! It really isn’t that difficult. There are a few key words she gives to guide you to where you want to be. In this example, she would have been able to get the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) … Read More

You Night New Orleans 2017: groovy baby

Thursday, July 27, 2017 was a night for celebration on the victories won over cancer. They were celebrated by beautiful women, their families and friends who cheered them on with thunderous applause at the You Night New Orleans 2017 Runway Fashion Show. With a 1960’s British invasion theme, it was indeed “groovy baby!” From the hosts, Dr. Evil, Austin Powers … Read More

The role of the radiologist in health care

From broken bones to complex lung conditions, from traumatic back issues to tumors, radiologists are there to help the patient and health care provider arrive at a diagnosis so the provider can make decisions on treatment. Your radiologist has graduated from an accredited medical school, passed a licensing examination, and completed a residency of at least four years of unique postgraduate medical education. … Read More

The difference between hospital based and outpatient imaging

Did you know there is a difference in where you have your medical imaging exam? Most people don’t realize they have the option to visit an outpatient imaging center instead of a hospital for their exam. Or, they don’t understand there is often a big difference. At freestanding outpatient imaging centers such as Diagnostic Imaging Services, you can save time … Read More

The difference between CT and MRI

CT (Computed Tomography) scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans both provide diagnostic images of the inside of your body. However, they accomplish this important task in very different ways. Here are a few key differences between CT and MRI scans. CT uses x-ray technology to produce diagnostic images. These x-rays require a small dose of ionizing radiation. The CT … Read More

FDA approves the only mammogram superior for women with dense breasts

Diagnostic Imaging Services, the only independently-owned outpatient imaging provider in the greater New Orleans area to offer Genius 3D mammography shares an announcement released by the Genius manufacturer, Hologic, Inc., that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Genius 3D as superior to standard 2D mammography for routine breast cancer screening of women with dense breasts.1 The Genius exam has … Read More