Breast cancer: symptoms and treatment

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an informative three-minute presentation on the most common form of cancer in women. In this video, an explanation of what cancer is and how it can develop in the breasts is provided. A description of different symptoms that are possible signs for breast cancer and the risk factors associated with this disease are also included. DIS offers an extensive … Read More

PET scans: what are they all about?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an explanation of PET scans, also known as Positron Emission Tomography. The benefits of PET/CT images in the entire spectrum of cancer care— from diagnosis and treatment planning to evaluation of treatment response — have come into focus in recent years as the technology has become a standard practicec. PET/CT provides accurate disease staging and localization … 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

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

The month of November is designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition is a group of leading international research and advocacy organizations that partner each November in an effort to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients across the world. Unlike many other diseases, with lung cancer, there is a shocking lack of knowledge among both … Read More

The risk factors of prostate cancer

Researchers do not know the exact cause of prostate cancer, but have found that men with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the disease. Risk factors to consider include age, family history, race and diet. Age: In men younger than 45, prostate cancer is rare, but the chance of getting it goes up significantly as they get older. The … Read More

What’s the value of nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic test. One unique aspect of a nuclear medicine test is its extreme sensitivity to abnormalities in an organ’s structure or function. As an integral part of patient care, nuclear medicine is used in the diagnosis, … Read More

Who are the best candidates?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “So, who are the best candidates to take advantages of cutting-edge 3D mammography technology? 3D mammography is especially recommended for women with dense breasts., With conventional mammography, the images of dense breasts don’t always show us everything radiologists need to see. It is particularly beneficial for patients who are at high risk for breast … Read More

Lung cancer Isn’t the only smoking-related cancer

A 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that 48.5 percent of around 346,000 deaths attributed to 12 types of cancer are caused by cigarette smoke. Lead researcher from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Rebecca L. Siegel, and her colleagues combed through data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey and the Cancer Prevention Study III. The research … Read More

The connection between dense breast tissue and a woman’s mammogram report

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an excellent resource, care of the American Cancer Society, on the above topic of dense breasts and mammogram reports. Breast density can be determined only by mammograms. It is not related to breast size or firmness. A woman may think that because her breasts are firm, they are dense; but breast density is not determined by how … Read More

DIS calls this month “Movember”

Diagnostic Imaging Services calls this month “Movember” as we join the movement to change the face of men’s health. As a group of men who are part of DIS, we are committed to: Grow a mo (or more) for 30 days. Not mo alone. This is all part of raising awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The … Read More

Breast MRI: an important piece of the imaging puzzle

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information about an advanced imaging exam we perform as part of our portfolio of women’s imaging services: breast MRI. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool that has many important uses, including:   Screening in women at high risk for breast cancer. Determining the extent … Read More

You Night New Orleans 2017: groovy baby

Thursday, July 27, 2017 was a night for celebration on the victories won over cancer. They were celebrated by beautiful women, their families and friends who cheered them on with thunderous applause at the You Night New Orleans 2017 Runway Fashion Show. With a 1960’s British invasion theme, it was indeed “groovy baby!” From the hosts, Dr. Evil, Austin Powers … Read More

DIS joins You Night events

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to be participating in upcoming July and October events held by You Night Empowering Events. Since 2013, the You Night program addresses the emotional needs of women who have had cancer. We offer a unique alternative to cancer support groups, through goal-oriented, team building activities, resulting in a powerful sisterhood of support. Diagnostic Imaging Services … Read More

Recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Diagnostic Imaging Services knows that 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, … Read More

DIS answers common questions about PET/CT scans

Most imaging scans performed at Diagnostic Imaging Services produce images of the internal structures. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are different because they can reveal how well organs and tissues are working. Thanks to this innovative technology, a radiologist is able to assess abnormal masses, analyze brain function, stage cancer and review how well a person is responding to cancer … Read More

Study indicates most aggressive form of prostate cancer on the rise

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report that indicates efforts to limit the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may be partially responsible for a rise in incidences of the most aggressive form of the disease. The study, published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, suggests doctors may want to reconsider their approach to screening and monitoring the disease, since … Read More

Join us for the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff on August 3

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to once again be the sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast on August 3, 2016 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans. DIS joins the ACS in believing that everyone with breast cancer should have support. That’s why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be … Read More

Sharing a concern about possible chemotherapy restrictions for Medicare patients

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an opinion piece written by the physician staff of Pontchartrain Cancer Center in Covington. The piece, submitted to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reads as follows: As oncologists, we are extremely concerned about the so-called Medicare experiment on cancer drugs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) did not seek any input from the oncology community before proposing … 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

Don’t ignore possible symptoms of prostate cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that identifies five symptoms that should not be ignored and should be brought to the attention of a man’s medical provider. Often times, men have the most difficult time in bringing themselves to a medical professional for health care. They simply put it off, claim they don’t have time for it or that it … 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

Help recognize World Cancer Day 2016

As some of you may know, this Thursday is World Cancer Day.  DIS wanted to share with you details provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) about World Cancer Day and how you may play a part in making an impact on the global effort to end the fight against cancer.  The ACS would love to see all of their supporters light … Read More

Tips to get through the holidays when fighting cancer

Courtesy of The American Cancer Society, Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that offers several tips in “do’s” and “don’ts” to lift the spirits of a person who is fighting cancer during this special time of year. It can be hard to enjoy even the most beloved holiday traditions in a year when cancer has taken its toll. If you or … 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

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

Financial assistance for advanced prostate cancer patients

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a valuable resource for men and their families who are seeking financial assistance in their bout with prostate cancer. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. They lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support … Read More

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a two-minute brief explanation that answers the question regarding prostate cancer symptoms. Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms. Learn more by viewing the video below, courtesy of the Prostate Cancer Live channel on YouTube.  

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

The eye popping cost of cancer drugs

While Diagnostic Imaging Services is not an organization that provides oncology services, we do screen and perform exams on people who may receive a new diagnosis of cancer, a notification that a previous cancer has returned or is/has received treatment for cancer. For those people, this story from CBS news may ring very true. For those who have not themselves … 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

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

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

The reasons why bone scans may be deemed appropriate and necessary

What are bone scans? These tests can reveal problems in the bones caused by infection, trauma, cancer or unexplained bone pain. Bone scans are more sensitive than X-rays and can typically identify problems days or months earlier than X-rays can. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may order bone scans if they suspect one of the following conditions: Arthritis Avascular necrosis … Read More

Fewer lung cancer patients meet CT lung screening criteria

The success of public health efforts to get people to stop smoking is resulting in fewer individuals being eligible for CT lung cancer screening. In fact, some people are continuing to smoke just to be eligible for CT scans, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It’s the ultimate irony. As a result, researchers and … 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

How does a man know if he is being referred for a “multi-parametric” MRI?

That question can be daunting for anyone who is not medically trained or has extensive experience in medical imaging. But, specific to a man being referred for an MRI in order to evaluate his prostate gland, there are two simple questions to ask:   Is the imaging center using a computer that does the post processing (the work done with … 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

Prostate Cancer treatment: surgery or radiation?

DIS shares an article regarding the common options presented to men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Both of these treatment options are associated with a variety of potential complications and side effects. The most common complications of surgery include leakage of urine or stool, impotence and shortening of the penis, according to the National Cancer Institute. Other than skin … 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

What is prostate cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that offers information on the basics of prostate cancer. Since cancer is the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells in a certain area of the body, prostate cancer is simply the uncontrolled and abnormal growth of cells in the prostate. DIS in the only outpatient imaging provider in Louisiana and the Gulf South to … Read More

The American Cancer Society says thank you

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares this inspirational and heart-felt message from the American Cancer Society (ACS). This year, countless people lent a hand in the fight against cancer by volunteering, raising money, and speaking out. We wouldn’t be where we are without them. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, the ACS put together a quick video to thank everyone – and … Read More

CT lung cancer screenings to be covered by Medicare

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a story about Medicare’s decision to cover annual low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for high-risk individuals, albeit with restrictions. The announcement is in contrast to the recommendations of the agency’s advisory panel, which had voted a lack of confidence in sufficient evidence for benefit over harms, citing the high false-positive rate of CT screening, indication creep … 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

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.