What is disc dessication?

In some radiology test results for a diagnostic exam such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine (i.e. the lower back), one condition that may be diagnosed and reported on by the radiologist is what is known as disc dessication. Image copyright: www.hubpages.com Disc dessication can be very painful. In short, disc dessication is fluid loss in the … Read More

What is sinusitis?

Particularly in the early part of the year, flu season is in full swing. Many people will experience nasal congestion, cough and facial pain or pressure. These maladies are often associated with a condition known as sinusitis. Image copyright: Web MD According to Medical News Today, sinusitis occurs when mucus builds up and the sinuses become inflamed. It also notes that … Read More

What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been defined as a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot is a clump of blood that’s turned to a solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas … Read More

March is designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month

As part of national health observances that are spread out throughout the year, the month of March has been designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths each year. But thanks to increased colon cancer awareness efforts, the death rate has been dropping steadily since the 1980s. Screening for colon and colorectal cancer … Read More

“Time to acknowledge the DIS staff”

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a comment from Ms. Ronisha, who chose us for her testing needs: “I just wanted to take the time to acknowledge the staff at the Houma Boulevard location in Metairie. This was my first time visiting this location. My morning didn’t start off well but upon arriving, I could feel a warm welcoming environment. The staff … Read More

CT screenings can cut lung cancer deaths according to study

According to a new study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the January 2020 New England Journal of Medicine, annual Computed Tomography (CT) screenings of former and current long-time smokers have been proven to reduce deaths from lung cancer. Dr. Debra Dyer, a spokeswoman for the American College of Radiology and chair of radiology at National Jewish Health in … Read More

Can I get access to my medical records?

Numerous times throughout the year, Diagnostic Imaging Services receives requests from both people and medical providers for their medical records. Our crackerjack medical records team works to quickly turn around each request, provided the correct information and paperwork is provided. Click here to access our CONTACT US form and send us a note indicating your wish for access to Your … Read More

American Cancer cancer statistics: a drop in cancer death rates by 29%

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud of our continued support of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans. While we know dollars work locally, they also contribute to the ongoing fight against cancer in regional and national scopes, including research, housing, transportation and more. We share this recent message from Gary M. Reedy of the American Cancer Society regarding their news … Read More

Colon cancer screening rates surge with younger start age

In a recent radiology industry journal article, participation has more than doubled in colorectal cancer screening exams — including CT colonography — among individuals in their 40s, according to an article published online on December 18 in Cancer. The growth has occurred since various cancer societies recommended lowering the age to begin screening from 50 to 45 in early 2018. … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services makes annual donation to the American Cancer Society

For several years, Diagnostic Imaging Services has been a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans, fighting to end all cancers. DIS has participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and also added Relay For Life Multi-Parishes to our participation list for 2019. We invited Whitney from the American Cancer Society to join us for … Read More

What can you do to be prepared for your imaging exam?

Screening and diagnostic testing has become a very important component in health care, thanks to the advances in technology and how test results often dictate a diagnosis or treatment of various conditions and diseases. Testing can cause confusion and anxiety in a number of people. Much of the time, it is because of the “fear of the unknown.” The better … 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

Study reveals new patient insights about radiation therapy tattoos

© The Breast Journal, Vol 26 No 5 September/October 2019 Radiation therapy tattoos have been used for decades to set up and position patients for treatment, but did you know that new evidence suggests that as much as 78% of patients strongly prefer not to have tattoos or marks? In a recent quantitative study published in the September issue of … Read More

DIS contributes to IV Relief Fund to send aid to the Bahamas

Dorian slammed into the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane and battered Grand Bahama, the Abacos and other islands for days. The storm flattened and flooded whole communities. The official death toll is 50, but the number is expected to rise as rescue workers reach more areas. Diagnostic Imaging Services, as with residents of Louisiana and the Gulf South, understand … Read More

The Skyra’s the limit

Would you be interested in having your MRI in a 3T ultra-high field system (a system most often demanded by medical subspecialists) in which the MRI’s shorter design (five feet, eight inches long) means that most exams can be done with your head OUTSIDE the system? If your answer is a resounding “YES!”, then Diagnostic Imaging Services has the solution … Read More

You Night New Orleans 2019: Turn the Beat Around

A great night with beautiful runway models and a loud supportive crowd of family, friends and healthcare professionals gathered for the You Night New Orleans 2019 “Turn the Beat Around” event. Diagnostic Imaging Services was a proud sponsor of the July 27 celebration of life, health and happiness. You Night is an alternative to traditional support groups. They offer various … Read More

Should women under the age of 40 get a baseline screening mammogram?

What is a baseline screening mammogram? The answer is simple. it’s a woman’s first mammogram. The question regarding age is often posed to medical providers and also the frequent subject of medical provider commentary or published studies and papers. The general consensus is that in general, regular mammograms are not recommended for women who are at average risk for breast … Read More

CT lung cancer screening: the advantages it provides to the patient and physician

In an update to the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), which was launched in 2002, researchers from the United States are reporting a sustained reduction in cancer deaths from Computed Tomography (CT) lung screening over a decade later after the initial screening exam. The research findings were recently published for medical professionals online in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. Among … Read More

American Society of Breast Surgeons releases position statement on screening mammography

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) has released a position statement that includes four main points for women and their medical providers to consider regarding screening mammogram guidelines and overall assessment for breast health. Below are the four points drawn up by the ASBrS: While the statement is fairly long and highly clinical, the conclusions were: Other key points … Read More

Heart disease risk: should you have a coronary calcium score scan?

According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “the overall cardiovascular-disease death rate is an under-recognized contributor to the recent decline in U.S. life expectancy. While that has been driven mostly by deaths from drug overdoses and suicides, improvements in cardiovascular health are no longer providing a counterbalance.” Even though there has been a significant decline in death … Read More

Women: don’t forget your breast self-examination!

According to many resources, most any private time is the perfect time for women to check their breasts for any changes in size, symmetry or color. We probably would not recommend it while frying bacon or a vegetable stir fry, but plenty of other times in the comfort of your home are opportunities to self-check. So, put that good novel … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services awarded Seal of Business Excellence

The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) recognizes members who make a special commitment to business excellence, the values of RBMA and to advancing the business of radiology. The Business Excellence Program recognizes members who demonstrate a commitment to quality at the highest level. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been awarded the Seal of RBMA Business Excellence. By receiving this high honor, … Read More

Incorporating the Tyrer-Cuzick breast cancer risk assessment model

Advances in genomics and risk stratification allow us to tailor breast cancer screening recommendations for individual patients. Risk assessment, in particular, identifies women who are candidates for supplemental screening, genetic counseling, or genetic testing. Diagnostic Imaging Services has made a transition to the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment model, a tool that well supplements are portfolio of screening and diagnostic services pertaining … Read More

Three reasons why mammography is the best option

Mammography screening performed annually is the best option for women age 40 to 49, according to a review published online May 15 in the Journal of Breast Imaging. Annual screening is recommended for three main reasons, not least of which is a reduction in breast cancer mortality between 29% and 49%. While the article is highly clinical in nature, the … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services featured in New Orleans Magazine

Topher Balfer – New Orleans Magazine When it comes to breast cancer, early detection makes all the difference — while breast cancers found during Stages I or II average a 99 percent survival rate, cancers caught at Stage IV have only a 26 percent survival rate. With that in mind, the Women’s Center at Diagnostic Imaging Services is committed to … Read More

Breast density: the basics and why it matters

The following is information provided by Hologic, the provider of the Genius™ 3D Mammography technology found at Diagnostic Imaging Services. Breasts consist of two types of tissue that appear differently on a mammogram, including fatty and dense tissue. Dense breast tissue appears whiter on the mammogram image, making it more difficult for radiologists to see cancer, if present, and increasing … Read More

Women benefit from Affordable Care Act ban on mammography co-pays

In a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) elimination of co-pays for screening mammography in 2010 has had a positive benefit for commercially insured women across a variety of racial and income groups. According to the research team, racial disparities in screening mammography have narrowed, particularly among African American women. … Read More

DIS Women’s Center awarded Breast Center of Excellence designation

The Diagnostic Imaging Services Women’s Center, part of our Metairie Women’s and Advanced Imaging facility, has been awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). According to the ACR, “The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all … Read More

What was one physician’s impression of a DIS radiology report?

When a screening or diagnostic test is done, there are three components involved: In this case, the person underwent a Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis without the use of a contrast dye. This is a fairly common exam Diagnostic Imaging Services performs at our centers offering this imaging technology. The person is a 69-year-old male with … Read More

Patient: “I see no reason to pay three times the price”

As Diagnostic Imaging Services helps more and more people save significant amounts of money on healthcare, we wanted to share insight from a person who recently contacted us to compare our fee for a test with the fee of a local hospital. We were not surprised at the results. This person received a recommendation to have an MRI of their … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services saved a person $400 on their ultrasound scan

When we receive feedback from people regarding their healthcare expense savings when choosing to visit Diagnostic Imaging Services instead of a hospital, we want to tell the world! Here is the brief story of someone who compared their expense of an ultrasound scan, comparing a Northshore hospital to DIS. Here are the specifics. In this person’s case, there was a … Read More

“Extremely claustrophobic” MRI success story at DIS

For some of the population, confined spaces such as a crowded elevator or entering a small closet can create anxious, nervous or even terrified feelings. Recently, a woman chose Diagnostic Imaging Services for her MRI exam. After her visit was completed, she reached back out to us with the following: “I am writing in relation to our conversation regarding my … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of February 4, 2019

FDA just approved the first test for mycoplasma genitalium Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the marketing of a new test—Hologic’s Aptima Mycoplasma genitalium Assay—to help with the diagnosis of M. genitalium, according to an FDA release. The test can be performed using vaginal, endocervical, or urethral swab, as well as a urine sample. Bipartisan support … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of January 21, 2019

What a gynecologist never keeps in her medicine cabinet A San Francisco-based gynecologist really wants to educate women about their bodies and debunk bad and even dangerous myths about women’s health. Millions may be misdiagnosed with penicillin allergy Most doctors aren’t aware that 90 percent of people diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can actually tolerate the antibiotic. Foods to avoid … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services earns ACR accreditation in Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

The Diagnostic Imaging Services’ Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A breast biopsy is performed to remove tissue— either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle from a suspicious … Read More

Additional research continues to tout the superiority of 3D mammography

In recent published articles within the radiology industry, a pair of studies were presented during a national radiologic convention that once again showed the improved performance of breast cancer screening and diagnosis when women were examined with 3D mammography. This continues the trend over the recent years of study after study showing the superiority of 3D mammography (also known as … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of December 3, 2018

Marine veteran says dog sniffed out cancer 3 times A Marine veteran is crediting the Siberian husky she inherited from her Air Force son in 2011 with helping to save her life after the dog sniffed out ovarian cancer three times. Men get Osteoporosis, too Men experience about half as many osteoporotic fractures as women. But when a man breaks … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of November 26, 2018

Why it’s important for young people to look out for these Shingles symptoms Recently, a news anchor from Florida shared his experience with shingles to raise awareness among younger people that they might also be at risk. According to News4Jax, Scott Johnson, who’s in his early 40s, developed an excruciatingly painful case just last month. This woman thought she had pneumonia—but it … Read More

“You saved my life”

In the world of healthcare, lives depend upon the expertise of those in the profession. Doctors. Nurses. Support staff. All work together to provide what many consider to be the best medical care in the world. At Diagnostic Imaging Services, we live the passion of providing three things to every person that comes through our door for an exam: a … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of October 1, 2018

This Photo of Lemons Could Help You Detect the Early Signs of Breast Cancer October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If there is one thing you absolutely need to absorb over these next 31 days, it is a photo from the Know Your Lemons Campaign. Processed meats linked to breast cancer, says study Eating processed meats like bacon, sausages and ham … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of September 24, 2018

Do low vitamin D levels increase breast cancer risk? A new study corroborates the evidence gathered by previous research, suggesting that women with low levels of vitamin D after menopause onset have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. What signs of breast cancer are there other than a lump? breast lump or mass is just one of the possible … 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

Another person saves money on an MRI exam by choosing DIS

Just like a recent savings example we shared, we think the image to the right is exactly how the man felt when he was told by a DIS revenue cycle management associate that with his health insurance coverage and deductible, we were going to save him over 20% on an MRI exam. Unfortunately, his physician referred him to a local … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of September 17, 2018

2 million US teens are vaping marijuana A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. One-fifth of American adults experience chronic pain, CDC estimates Living in poverty or rural areas increases the odds of suffering from chronic pain, and one-fifth of … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: the time to plan for your mammogram and breast cancer screening

Diagnostic Imaging Services performs screening and diagnostic mammograms at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. At each of these facilities, we also off the 3D mammography option. During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid starting October 1 … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of September 10, 2018

Louisiana’s mental health care system is broken Louisiana is in quiet crisis.­ The state’s mental health system has been gradually broken under the weight of financial cuts and psychiatric hospital closures. Here’s where you can get a free flu shot this fall We’ve rounded up all the places where you can get your flu shot now, without paying a dime. To … Read More

Annual mammography at age 40 cuts mortality the most

A screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates, according to study published in the September 2018 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Why? Because screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier … Read More