Diagnostic Imaging Services to add MRI breast biopsy to women’s imaging portfolio

Diagnostic Imaging Services, a leader in southeast Louisiana’s women’s health imaging, is pleased to announce that MRI breast biopsy will be added to our stable of women’s health exams. Plans call for implementing this service at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016. DIS already performs breast MRI and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, with plans to add stereotactic breast biopsy … Read More

Stereotactic breast biopsy services to be added at Diagnostic Imaging Services

Diagnostic Imaging Services is adding to our women’s health services portfolio by introducing stereotactic breast biopsy imaging studies to our suite of exams performed at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie. No specific date has been set for the commencement of stereotactic breast biopsy, but plans call for this service to be implemented sometime within the third to fourth … Read More

You receive a call back after your screening mammogram: now what?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares this article, courtesy of the American Cancer Society. Most of the time, women getting their routine mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests. Getting that … Read More

The cost effectiveness of 3D mammography

According to research recently published by Yale University, 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), has one more thing physicians and women should like about it: It’s cost-effective. Researchers say not only does it find more cancers than digital mammography alone, 3D mammography reduces the number of exams categorized as what’s known as “BI-RADS 3” or “probably benign,” which … Read More

The American Cancer Society says thank you

A message from the New Orleans area American Cancer Society: It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and all of us at the American Cancer Society in New Orleans want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the endless support, time dedication, funds, and passion you put in to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the mission … Read More

Mammograms: lots of faulty information out there

Despite large-scale campaigns to publicize the importance of breast cancer screening, a lot of faulty information regarding the mammogram exam is still being delivered to patients and sometimes interpreted as fact. To gauge where gaps in knowledge about breast cancer screening are most commonly occurring, the Working Mother Research Institute surveyed more than 2,500 women aged 35 and older to … Read More

What a woman should know about 3D mammography

Women 40 years old and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. Now there is what has been touted as a much superior screening tool: 3D mammography. But what is 3D mammography? How is it different from traditional mammography? 3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or x-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3D … Read More

Possible ruptured breast implant?

Breast implants are one of the more commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. More than 285,000 women received breast implants in 2014. Although it has been clearly demonstrated that ruptured implants do not cause harm, women should consider potential complications when making the personal decision to have breast implants. A ruptured breast implant is one such risk. … Read More

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 is good news for women and mammography

Congress included access to imaging care protections for the most sick and injured of Medicare beneficiaries and women seeking mammograms in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on December 18, 2015. The Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS Act) primary language included in the bill will continue mandatory mammography … Read More

Mammograms and women’s health exams: having insurance doesn’t always pay!

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news article on the unfortunate situation a medical doctor incurred when becoming a patient herself, and experiencing what many other non-medically trained people have: hospital bill sticker shock. This occurred in New York, not Louisiana. However, no matter the location, the principle issue raised in this article and countless others holds true here. Be aware … Read More

Louisiana breast density reporting bill signed into law

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed the state’s breast density reporting bill (HB 186) into law this past summer. The bill, known as the Monica Landry Helo Early Detection Act, becomes effective on January 1, 2016. Under the new law, patients in the state will always be sent their mammogram records along with detailed reports, even if no evidence that specifically … Read More

DIS donates nearly $6,000 to the American Cancer Society

Every October, Diagnostic Imaging Services makes a donation to the New Orleans area American Cancer Society for each screening and diagnostic mammogram we perform. This is part of our participation for the month in the Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event that is held annually. This year, DIS is proud to donate nearly $6,000 to the cause of less … Read More

What doctors want women to know about breast cancer

Woman’s Day Magazine published an article on the above topic. Because there is SO much information and so many different avenues to find this information, it can become daunting. The article summed in up in seven statements: Online stories are scariest. 80% of lumps are benign. Breast cancer isn’t typically lethal unless it spreads. Dealing with the disease requires specific … Read More

Breast lumps: something that needs to be evaluated?

Finding a lump in your breast can be a scary thing, but is it something you should worry about? Patients often worry that lumps in their breasts could be early signs of breast cancer. Sometimes a lumpy breast can be mistaken as being cancerous. The important thing is to know you breasts and understand your own normal. No one will … Read More

Five things women should remember…

If they hear the words, “you have breast cancer.” No doubt, a breast cancer diagnosis is scary. But it’s important to understand that women have more options than ever before and, when it comes to beating breast cancer, knowledge is power. The author, a medical physician, offers five things all women should remember. The good news is that in just … Read More

What is the impact of 3D mammography?

For patients, 3D mammography exams offer women a more accurate, clinically proven breast cancer screening technology.  Studies have shown a 41% better detection of invasive breast cancers. For many, this may translate into an earlier diagnosis. Up to 40% reduction in callbacks. For many, this may mean being spared the emotional, practical, and economic burdens of additional diagnostic evaluations, including biopsies This … Read More

DIS sponsors Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast

Diagnostic Imaging Services participated in the 2015 New Orleans area American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast held on August 5 at the Audubon Tea Room. Hundreds of supporters, volunteers, staff and survivors came together to hear inspirational stories and to generate a new level of enthusiasm for this year’s event. The New Orleans Making Strides walk … Read More

When would my doctor recommend a ultrasound guided breast biopsy?

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous. A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells—either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from a suspicious … Read More

When a breast MRI is recommended

A question a woman may first ask when her physician recommends a breast MRI is “why?” It’s a perfectly natural, and encouraged question to ask as it is her body and her health. The exact role of Breast MRI in evaluation of possible breast cancer remains controversial and a subject of active research and refinement. In certain patients and in … Read More

TV personality battling breast cancer, urges women to be screened

Popular TV chef and author Sandra Lee has breast cancer, she revealed in a tearful interview that aired on “Good Morning America”. Lee, 48, told “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, about the moment she got the news. She said she was doing a photo shoot for the Most Beautiful issue of People magazine on … Read More

Lawmakers criticizing report questioning benefits of mammograms for women in their 40s

In a recent new story, over 60 members of Congress, some speaking in very personal terms, asked the Department of Health and Human Services to reject a report from an independent health panel questioning the benefits of regular breast cancer screenings for women in their 40s. Citing concerns that if the Department of Health and Human Services concurs with the recommendations of the Preventative Services … Read More

Does diet affect the risk of developing breast cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “A healthy diet can also help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for getting breast cancer. What’s less clear is the link between breast cancer risk and any one food type. Many studies about foods and breast cancer risk have had different results, but no … Read More

DIS offers May screening mammogram special in recognition of Mother’s Day

DIS performs screening (and diagnostic) mammograms at all four of our facilities. During the month of May, we offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid May 1 – May 31, 2015. Our Women’s Center in Metairie will be open each Saturday during May to offer weekend screenings. If you have about 20 minutes, come see … Read More

Tips for effective breast cancer screening after breast augmentation surgery

A mammogram is a diagnostic tool used to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Research has shown that regular mammograms can lead to detection of breast cancer at less advanced stages, which can prevent the need for more radical cancer treatment such as mastectomy. Studies have shown that a woman who selects a breast augmentation surgery and has breast … Read More

DIS Metairie Breast MRI received three-year ACR accreditation renewal

Diagnostic Imaging Services has announced that our breast MRI service in Metairie has been awarded another three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lead by a DIS MRI technologist, Brandi, DIS met or exceeded standards set by the ACR for quality, patient safety, reporting, technology and expertise. DIS performs breast MRI in Metairie on our high field open … Read More

The economic value of 3D breast tomosynthesis

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Despite increasing incident rates, annual mortality rates have declined by approximately 2% per year, which has been attributed to the combination of earlier detection and improvements in treatments. Mammography plays a key role in early breast cancer detection. Two-dimensional digital mammography is the current standard of care in breast cancer screening. … Read More

Many women still unaware of breast density as cancer risk factor

Nearly half of women who are eligible for mammography screening have never heard of breast density, and approximately half are unaware of breast density’s effect on cancer detection and risk, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This knowledge gap appears to be influenced by factors such as race, income, and education, making it … Read More

Network news personality meets cancer survivor

Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram last year, live on “Good Morning America” for breast cancer awareness month, but never imagined she’d hear the words: “You have breast cancer.” Deb Greig was watching from her home in Charleston, South Carolina. The former news director at ABC News’ Charleston affiliate, WCIV, knew of Robach early on in her career, and was … Read More

DIS prepares to add second breast tomosynthesis system to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center stable of products

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that our second breast tomosynthesis system arrived today at our Metairie center. We anticipate the system being in full implementation in late February. Breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is a breakthrough in mammography that provides a clearer, more accurate view compared to digital mammography alone. Conventional digital mammography produces one image of overlapping tissue, making … Read More

Pfizer’s breast cancer drug approved two months early by FDA

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story regarding early approval by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for promising breast cancer drug. Pfizer Inc.’s drug Ibrance was approved for advanced breast cancer by U.S. regulators more than two months ahead of schedule, letting the drugmaker proceed with one of its most promising new blockbusters. Pfizer estimated Ibrance could be an … Read More

DIS donates nearly $7,000 to the American Cancer Society

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to continue our commitment to the New Orleans chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Through a tally of screening and diagnostic mammograms performed in October, 2014, DIS presented a check to the ACS for $6,890. DIS was the sponsor of the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast in August. We also gathered … Read More

Tomosynthesis classifies breast lesions more accurately

In a recent national conference held in Chicago, IL for radiology and medical professionals, research presented concluded that adding digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, to digital mammography for screening appears to have many benefits, including greater sensitivity in dense breast tissue and fewer recalls. But the technology also classifies non-calcified breast lesions more accurately in the diagnostic … Read More

DIS shares FDA warning

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story regarding the association between body mass index (BMI) and breast cancer. A study of predominantly white women finds a larger waist circumference is associated with higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, but not beyond its contribution to BMI. The study, by American Cancer Society researchers, fails to confirm previous findings that body shape … Read More

Tamoxifen ‘keeps breast cancer at bay’ for 20 years

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report that touts research showing that Women who take the drug tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer stand a good chance of keeping the disease at bay for 20 years. Professor Jack Cuzick, from Queen Mary University of London, who led the International Breast Cancer Intervention Study (Ibis-I) trial, said: “Tamoxifen is a well-established and … Read More

DIS “strides” in November to support the fight against breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services was proud to join the thousands of men and women who braved cold, windy temperatures on Saturday, November 1 for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in New Orleans. Originating and finishing in Champions Square, thousands gathered tohonor survivors, walk in memory of those no longer with us and to continue the fight to work … Read More

Sharing a thank you

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a note we received from a woman who visited DIS recently for her mammogram. The note below tells it all in terms of why we do what we do and our passion for doing it as well as we can. She writes: I am a breast cancer survivor. My success is mainly from the detection of … Read More

DIS Northshore centers receive FDA approval in mammography

DIS is pleased to announce that our Covington and Slidell, LA facilities passed all inspections by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Twenty years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff helped create an environment where nearly all mammography facilities operate according to national standards, free from major inspection violations. These standards have also helped optimize radiation doses, and … Read More

Courtesy of the ACS: breast cancer and early detection

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a link that gives more details about the American Cancer Society breast cancer screening recommendations. It also tells women more about figuring out their breast cancer risk. Click here to view the document.  

What does not cause breast cancer

Over the years, many factors have been studied to see whether or not they increase the risk of breast cancer. Some of these factors have been proven to be unrelated to breast cancer and do not increase (or in some cases, decrease) risk. A full list of these factors is too long to present here. Some, however, deserve mention here … Read More

Exposing the myths and urban legends surrounding what causes breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story that “expose the myths, urban legends, and old wives’ tales surrounding what causes breast cancer.” Note that one of the myths is having a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. Yes, you’ll be exposed to radiation during a mammogram, but the amount from this screening test is negligible. Meanwhile, multiple studies have shown that regular … Read More

DIS women’s imaging: quality of care in an efficient environment

As the largest independently-owned outpatient imaging organization in Lousiana, DIS provides a short overview of the depth and breadth of our women’s health imaging portfolio. While one local health system once touted that they performed over 2,500 mammograms in one year, DIS often performs that many IN ONE MONTH! From mammography to tomosynthesis to breast biopsy, no other outpatient provider … Read More

Hear their stories. Share yours.

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a powerful message courtesy of the Estee Lauder Companies. We recommend having a tissue or handkerchief nearby. The dialogue is emotional and compelling.

What would you call a mammogram that detects 41% more invasive cancer?

If you’re a woman whose cancer might have been missed, you’d call it “Genius” 3D Mammography! In a survey of 500 US women, the most important mammogram characteristic to them found was: “Uses technology that is proven to detect cancer early.” Since 2011, over 8 million women have benefited from the first clinically proven, superior 3D mammography approved by the … Read More

An “unstoppable” wave of breast cancer support

Diagnostic Imaging Services assists the American Cancer Society to create an unstoppable wave of breast cancer support! SHARE this image to remind the women in your life that regular screenings can help us find and treat breast cancer sooner – and even save a life. When you share, tag 3 friends and ask them to share the image too for … Read More

What are the reasons for a physician to recommend a breast MRI?

Guidelines from the American Cancer Society do include screening MRI with mammography for certain high-risk women. This option should be considered for the following: Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (BRCA1 is a gene, which, when altered, indicates an inherited susceptibility to cancer. BRCA2 is a gene, which, when altered, indicates an inherited susceptibility to breast and/or ovarian cancer.) Women … Read More

Study: 3D mammography increases cancer detection

A groundbreaking study was published that found 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, significantly increased cancer detection while simultaneously reducing the number of false positives. According to the study’s results, 3D mammography finds significantly more invasive or lethal cancers than a traditional mammogram. It also reduces the number of women called back for unnecessary screenings due to false alarms. … Read More