The financial benefit to CT colonography

People who have undergone or have been recommended to undergo an optical colonoscopy may receive up to four bills for the facility, doctor, anesthesiology, and pathology (if a polyp was removed for analysis). Even though the actual exam itself is covered in full by health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, other aspects of the screening exam are … Read More

Lung cancer screening guidelines adjusted to start at age 50

In a published article in a medical journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the U.S. Preventive Task Force has announced that it is recommending ” anyone between ages 50 and 80 who has smoked at least 20 “pack-years” and either still smokes or quit within the last 15 years… The task force recommendation means insurers must offer the … Read More

The hospital charge was 10 times higher for a CT scan

For many years, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has proclaimed that our screening and diagnostic testing are performed at fees, both list charges and potential costs that a person may have to pay as a result of their health insurance coverage, that are far below area hospitals and medical centers. Many people have saved money as a result of choosing DIS, … Read More

March is Colorectal Cancer Month

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) joins our affiliates at Capitol Imaging Services in recognizing March as Colorectal Cancer Month. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, nearly 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease in 2021. Colorectal cancer refers to cancer in the colon and/or rectum, or both. According to the Alliance, colorectal cancer is “very treatable when it is discovered … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services joins the Capitol Imaging Services affiliate network

As Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) approaches its fifth decade of service to the greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana regions, change often is inevitable. The only thing that stays the same is change. Over the past year, DIS has undergone its own changes in going from its own imaging organization into one that is larger and stronger. We’ve done that … Read More

Why do women choose Diagnostic Imaging Services for their breast cancer screening?

Did you know that you have a choice as to where to go for your screening mammogram? You have a choice for your breast cancer screening just as you have for many different types of healthcare services, including screening and diagnostic testing. For tens of thousands of women annually, that choice has been Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). The reasons vary, … Read More

Transparency rules for hospital pricing now in effect

In an article published online by National Public Radio, “The New Year will bring nore transparency In hospital prices,” hospitals and medical centers are now required by law to publicly post prices for every service they offer and break down those prices by component and procedure. Under these new requirements, this pricing information is to be posted publicly on a … Read More

A New Year’s resolution suggestion: ask how much that test will cost!

Would you be upset if you received a medical bill for what most would consider to be an outrageous amount of money for a simple test? That’s what one person experienced with a charge of nearly $12,500 for lab work! This story, published by National Public Radio in December 2020, illustrates the continuing issue in healthcare: exorbitant fees charged by … Read More

What you should know about ultrasound

Most people have heard of ultrasound and associate this common imaging procedure with pregnancy. What many people don’t realize is that ultrasounds can be used to detect a wide variety of medical issues. Actually, ultrasound is an imaging technology that is very diverse, having uses and applications for a variety of health and medical conditions outside of pregnancy. Ultrasound: the … Read More

What is a bone spur and how are they diagnosed?

If you or someone you know has had knee pain and after their diagnostic testing, they received a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis, you may be more familiar with the term “osteophytes” or as their more common name, “bone spurs.” Bone spurs have been defined as “abnormal bony lumps that appear on the surface of joints that have suffered some degree of … Read More

What is the state of lung cancer in 2020 in Louisiana?

According to published findings from the American Lung Association, about every two and a half minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer, and 80 percent of those diagnosed will ultimately die from the disease. It may be hard to believe, but there is a silver lining in that dark cloud known as lung cancer: More Americans … Read More

It could be the most important picture in your life

That’s what Diagnostic Imaging Services was thinking when we added to our ultra-high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) portfolio by installing our latest 3T MRI at our Northshore – East center in Slidell, LA. It’s twice as powerful as traditional high field MRI. Why may you need 3T MRI? It’s simple. If your doctor can’t see it, they can’t treat … Read More

What is a somatostatinoma?

According to the wellness website Healthline, a somatostatinoma is a rare type of neuroendocrine tumor that grows in the pancreas and sometimes the small bowel. A neuroendocrine tumor is one that is made up of hormone-producing cells. These hormone-producing cells are called islet cells. The pancreas is a long flattened gland located deep in the belly (abdomen). The pancreas is a … Read More

Wake up and smell the coffee?

Over the years, there have been numerous research studies that have come out highlighting the benefits of drinking coffee. While many understand that too much caffeine is usually not healthy, coffee in some form of moderation can often have pluses in physical health. Now, A recent study found lower levels of caffeine in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease. … Read More

Health insurance provider Cigna stops covering hospital-based CT and MRI imaging

An early October 2020 issue of Radiology Business has reported that the nation’s fourth largest commercial insurer has officially stopped covering most hospital-based CT and MR imaging after briefly shelving the proposal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was to go into effect back in early Spring, but a decision was made to delay by 120 days. “A lower cost … Read More

Entertainer and breast cancer survivor urges mammograms

Fourteen years ago, singer/songwriter/entertainer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately for her, it was detected early at stage one — according to Crow all thanks were given to her annual mammogram — and she has made a complete recovery. Recently, People magazine published an article stating that Crow is “concerned” about the decline in breast cancer screenings as … Read More

How many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020?

The answer? Prostate cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 191,930 men in the United States in 2020. This according to a Wolters Kluwer online article, citing statistics from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Worldwide, in data from the GLOBOCAN  database, prostate cancer will account for over 1,200,000 cases and 359,000 deaths annually. Although prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening has … Read More

Multiparametric MRI may prevent unnecessary prostate biopsies

That’s the headline from an article published 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

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to hold 2020 event November 7

As with many events in the unusual year of 2020, this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be a virtual event. Yet, with that development, Diagnostic Imaging Services pledges its continued support of the American Cancer Society in its efforts at stamping out not only breast cancer, but all cancer. We fully support the work toward less cancer and … Read More

Triple negative breast cancer meets its match with promising new treatment

Diagnostic Imaging Services has been committed – and will continue to commit – to the fight against breast cancer by offering our suite of screening and diagnostic testing, in hopes of catching any cancer at its earliest stages. The earlier the diagnostic, the much better the long-term prognosis. Now, we want to share some positive news: a study by the … Read More

Why is bone density important to be measured?

We’ve all heard that bone density is crucial to good health. But at what age should you get tested for bone loss? And what’s the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis, anyway? Osteoporosis and osteopenia, conditions of low bone mass leading to an increased risk of bone fracture, are extremely common in women, especially after menopause when bone loss is accelerated. … Read More

What is the intrinsic value of a DIS radiologist?

Radiologists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They are medical doctors who are licensed and specially trained to use medical imaging technologies. Your physician or other medical provider such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant may refer you to a radiologist for testing as straightforward as an x-ray (called a radiograph by a radiologist) … Read More

Simply the best: FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

City Business has released the results of their “best of” issue for 2020, 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 TOP WINNER as the BEST diagnostic imaging center over all others that are hospital, … Read More

What is disc desiccation?

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