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

Study: PET imaging can detect prostate cancer recurrence early

by Jennifer Bond Positron Emission Tomography, or PET, imaging, a nuclear medicine procedure in which a tiny amount of a radioactive substance is used to examine tissue, has fast gained popularity in the staging, restaging and response to therapy for lung and gynecological cancers. But a 2018 study indicates it may also play an important role in the early detection of prostate … 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

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