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

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

Texas teacher’s $109K heart attack bill reduced to $332 After NPR story After a Texas teacher questioned his $108,951 hospital bill for a life-threatening heart attack in an NPR story, his bill has since been reduced to $332.29. I survived breast cancer—but my treatment left me with permanent side effects no one talks about Read Lora’s story who underwent a … Read More

Prostate Cancer: the role MRI plays in the evaluation process

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The public’s understanding of the disease is increasing, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated prostate cancer information throughout the year. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and is a leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of August 27, 2018

A high blood pressure medication is being recalled after a potentially ‘life-threatening’ labeling mistake Accord Healthcare is voluntarily recalling a single lot of 12.5-milligram hydrochlorothiazide tablets, after a pharmacy reported finding a 100-count bottle that actually contained spironolactone tablets, according to the FDA. 10 long-term effects of alcohol every drinker needs to know The safest amount of booze to drink … Read More

We just saved someone over $600 on an MRI exam

Hey, 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 several hundred dollars on an MRI exam. Unfortunately, his physician referred him to a local hospital. Upon conferring with the hospital, … Read More

How to talk to your doctor about medical costs

The headline is from a published article in Consumer Reports and written by a physician. She offers sound advice on what to say and what to ask, given the health care climate of continual rising deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses. The insight is valuable and people should feel comfortable and confident in bringing up the subject of medical cost. According to … Read More

Low cost MRI: do you choose the hospital or an independent clinic?

That’s the headline of an article published by a firm that is dedicated to providing information on imaging diagnostics at a more affordable, low cost. While the firm centers around the west and southwest United States, its mission theme resonates throughout the entire country. According to the article, the author offers three common reasons for much higher imaging exam prices … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of August 6, 2018

Drug could reduce heart disease risk by targeting gut Scientists have developed a new class of drug which could reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by harnessing our gut bacteria. Breast Cancer: know the facts  FDA expands recall of heart drug for possible cancer-causing contamination A popular drug used to treat high blood pressure has been recalled because some … Read More

What is ankle joint effusion?

The condition in which the accumulation of the fluid takes place in the joint of the ankle is termed as ankle effusion. The presence of this effusion causes swelling and pain, and may lead to serious complications. Joint effusion can not only affect the ankle, but other joints in the human body. This includes the elbow, hip and knee. Most … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of July 30, 2018

Drug reverses gray hair and balding in mice Calling their results “unprecedented,” genetic researchers have successfully reversed wrinkles, gray hair, and balding – features of aging – in laboratory mice, according to a news report. Borrowing from the cancer playbook to find treatment for Alzheimer’s disease It’s been notoriously difficult to develop medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause … Read More

What is facet arthrosis?

Each vertebra in the spinal column has a pair of facet joints, which acts as a flexible multi-directional hinge. The facet joints are located on the spine’s posterior column, or the rear of our backs. Facet arthrosis is a degenerative spinal condition like arthritis in which bony enlargements, called osteophytes or bone spurs, grow and enlarge the facet joints. Facet … Read More

Health and medical news for the week of July 23, 2018

Study: Doctors interrupt patients, stop listening after 11 seconds on average A team of scientists from the United States and Mexico studied clinical encounters between patients and physicians to test shared decision-making tools. Published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the scientists learned of the lack of attention many doctors provide their patients. Bayer to stop selling Essure birth control device in … Read More

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