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.  

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

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.

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

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Diagnostic Imaging Services knows that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to increase the public’s understanding of the disease, 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 … Read More

Making Strides 2014 gets off to a rousing start!

Diagnostic Imaging Services was the proud sponsor of the 2014 American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Kickoff Breakfast. Held at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, hundreds came out to hear more about this year’s event and how we all can participate in this worthwhile cause. The event will be held Saturday morning, November 1 at Champions … Read More

Women: put your health savings or flexible spending accounts to work!

Diagnostic Imaging Services reminds women who want to opt for the 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) option for their screening mammogram that most often, the $50 fee for 3D can be paid by funds in a health savings account or flexible spending plan. Both of these types of savings options are intended to cover health-related fees that are not covered or totally covered … Read More

Transforming breast cancer detection

3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is performed at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. Call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 for your very own DIS patient experience. Or, click here to submit a request for an appointment. Remember — you can attach your referral order, if you have a copy, … Read More

Medical Association: adding tomosynthesis to mammography finds more cancer

June 24, 2014 — Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research addresses a few of what critics call mammography’s … Read More

Lawmakers urge Medicare coverage for cancer test

More than 130 lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to expand coverage for a lung-cancer test under Medicare that could cost the program billons, calling the screening important for vulnerable seniors. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lawmakers called for a timely decision on coverage for low-dose CT scans for older patients at higher … Read More

One question could save thousands of dollars

Health care costs and the concerns by both patients and physicians alike are becoming more commonplace as more information comes out about the expense of services, including pharmaceuticals. With new cancer drugs priced as high as $10,000 a month and more, and insurers tightening payment rules, patients who thought they were well covered increasingly find themselves having to make life-altering … Read More

Cancer center ads focus on emotions more than facts, study finds

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — TV and magazine ads for U.S. cancer centers are heavy on emotional appeal, but light on the facts that patients need to know, a new study finds. In an analysis of more than 400 ads that ran nationwide, researchers found that few gave objective information on cancer treatment benefits or risks. Instead, the … Read More

Scientists solve a 30-year breast cancer puzzle

In a new study published in Cell Reports, scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrate that mice lacking one copy of a gene called CTCF have abnormal DNA methylation and are markedly predisposed to cancer. CTCF is a very well-studied DNA binding protein that exerts a major influence on the architecture of the human genome, but had not been previously … Read More

Men: an alternative option

View a quick overview of the DIS prostate 3T MRI service, a service nowhere else found in Louisiana or the gulf coast. Avoid the possibility of multiple biopsies. Avoid the hospital imaging center. Talk to your doctor about our alternative option in diagnosing prostate cancer early. Say YES and spend LESS at DIS.  

PSA testing, early treatment decreases risk of prostate cancer death

Mortality in prostate cancer is lower in areas with frequent use of PSA testing compared with areas with little testing shows a new study. Results from the study show that prostate cancer mortality was 20 percent lower in counties with the highest incidence of prostate cancer, which indicates an early and rapid uptake of PSA testing. Diagnostic Imaging Services offers … Read More

Reasons given for why prostate cancer patients need to learn about their disease

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a video link that stresses the importance of prostate cancer patients educating themselves. Prostate cancer patients should learn everything they can about their disease. Every patient’s cancer is different. Your treatment will be personalized so it is important to be informed when making decisions. Cancer survivor Joel Nowak believes men diagnosed with prostate cancer should always get … Read More

Increased breast cancer detection with 3D mammography

Regular mammograms are crucial in helping to prevent deaths as a result of breast cancer. But new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that 3D mammography is significantly more effective for breast cancer detection and leads to fewer patient recalls. To read the entire report, visit the link below. DIS has been designated … Read More

Study shows 3D mammography detects breast cancer more effectively

While conventional mammography is the most widely used tool for breast cancer screenings, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania indicates that digital breast tomosynthesis – or 3D mammography – may be better able to detect the disease. Diagnostic Imaging Services became the very first freestanding independent outpatient imaging provider in Louisiana to offer 3D mammography. Called one of … Read More

Why is 3D mammography offered at DIS?

With the introduction of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, many questions are being asked about the advantages 3D offer to certain women over conventional mammograms. Here is a brief list of those points: 3D mammography is cited as most appropriate for women with dense breasts, breast cancer survivors, women with a family history … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services now provides the latest in high tech mammography

Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has become the first organization of its kind to offer tomosynthesis (3D mammography). Women who undergo routine mammograms at the DIS Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center now have the option to utilize the latest diagnostic technology available to them, digital … Read More

New technology alternatives to prostate biopsy

Prostate biopsy does answer the question as to whether or not cancer is present. However, the question has arisen as to if there is an alternative. Until recently, there was not. New studies, including multi-parametric MRI, can find prostate cancer with very high accuracy. Diagnostic Imaging Services performs 3T multi-parametric MRI and combines it with a digital imaging system to … Read More

Millions at high risk for lung cancer should be screened yearly, panel says

Barbara Mantel, NBC News — In a move that could affect millions of current and former smokers, a highly influential, independent panel of medical experts is recommending yearly screening for healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 80 at high risk for lung cancer. The screening would be done with low-dose computed tomography, commonly known as CT scans — … Read More

Save the birthdays

A message from the American Cancer Society: What a year it’s been. Millions of people helped celebrate 100 years of fighting cancer with the American Cancer Society by volunteering, raising money, listening, and speaking out. But this year’s most amazing accomplishments happened quietly, in homes and restaurants and backyards and parks across the country: more than 400 people each day, … Read More

DIS makes donation to the American Cancer Society

Diagnostic Imaging Services is very pleased to make a donation of $5,484 to the New Orleans chapter of the American Cancer Society, as part of our continuing commitment to joining the fight against breast cancer. From left to right are: Michael Holmes, CEO of DIS, Paula Shamsie of the American Cancer Society, Karen Juncker, DIS Field Imaging Specialist, Lisa Richoux, … Read More

Association between weight at time of diagnosis and prostate cancer mortality

Men who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to die from the disease than men who are of healthy weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. In patients with more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, the researchers also found an even stronger correlation … Read More

A vaccine for breast cancer?

DIS shares a news report on the development of a breast cancer vaccine which has to this point only been tested on mice, and needs to go through a rigorous 10 year approval process with the Food & Drug Administration. http://news.yahoo.com/the-breast-cancer-shot–cleveland-doctor-develops-a-vaccine-113000843.html

Quality of life often good post-breast cancer

By Kathryn Doyle, Reuters More than a decade after treatment, the average woman who has had breast cancer seems about as satisfied with her life as women who never had the disease, according to a new Canadian study. “It’s been recognized for a long time that in the very short term breast cancer can adversely affect quality of life,” said senior … Read More

DIS sponsors third annual BreastFest celebration in New Orleans

The exclusive Patron Party will be held at Acme Oyster House, 724 Iberville Street, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sample delicious appetizers prepared by their highly skilled kitchen staff and enjoy some fantastic champagne with spirit while enjoying a very special guest entertainer, Susan Cowsill. Then join everyone in front of Acme Oyster House at 7:00 p.m. as they … Read More

Early cancer signs men may be ignoring

There are some important early warning signs of cancer that young men often overlook. These include the obvious like lumps or growths but also include recurring fevers and discoloration under the nail bed. Early detection of these symptoms can help lead to early diagnosis. To view the report, visit http://screen.yahoo.com/early-cancer-signs-men-may-040000756.html  

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches advanced Prostate MRI program

August 12, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – A new cutting-edge prostate digital imaging system has been incorporated with a leading-edge 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system at a freestanding independent outpatient imaging center in Metairie, LA. The result? The creation of an advanced prostate MRI program that is truly unique to the greater New Orleans area, state of Louisiana … Read More

A West Bank hospital advertises a CT lung screen for $150

At Diagnostic Imaging Services, the same exam is only $99…                                                 No multi-level parking garages, with few open spaces, dimly lit and lots of traffic. No elevators to ride. No stairs to climb. No hectic corridors. Doesn’t … Read More

Professionalism highly appreciated

DIS shares a comment from a woman who recently visited us at our Women’s Center in Metairie: After a doctor visit on the morning of August 15th, my doctor felt something in my right breast and advised me to get a mammogram and ultrasound as soon as possible, being I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast a … Read More

Study finds link between women’s height and cancer risk

Women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study. Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated with cancer than such established risk factors as obesity. The association held true for everything from thyroid cancer to melanoma, researchers reported in the latest … Read More

Family cancer risk may be wider than relative’s specific type

People with a family history of cancer have an increased risk of developing not only the same cancer, but also a different form of the disease, according to a study published in the journal Annals of Oncology. Researchers from Italy, Switzerland and France analyzed 12,000 cases of cancer occurring in 13 different sites of the body between 1991 and 2009. These were compared … Read More

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Better than mammography? CT lung screening is cost-effective

By Brian Casey, AuntMinnie.com staff writer June 25, 2013 — The economics of CT lung cancer screening measure up to other population-based screening programs such as mammography in terms of cost-effectiveness, according to an analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) that was presented on Monday at a U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) meeting. This follow-up analysis … Read More

Dairy foods linked to increased risk for breast cancer?

Women who have ever had breast cancer might want to walk away from the brie, the butter and the black cherry (and every other flavor) ice cream. According to a study of 1,893 women, breast cancer survivors who average as little as one serving per day of high-fat dairy foods have a 49 percent higher risk of dying from breast cancer than those … Read More

Will you take a moment AGAINST silence?

DIS shares a message from the American Cancer Society, looking for people to “help the American Cancer Society celebrate their 100th birthday by finishing the fight against cancer.” Hearst Magazines will donate $1 for every pledge, up to $50,000. To pledge or to donate, visit http://www.cancer.org/fight/pledge.

National Lung Cancer Screening Trial: CT detects twice as many lung cancers as x-ray at initial screening exam

Science Newsline Medicine & Health Care, May 23, 2013 — Physicians have more information to share with their patients about the benefits and risks of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening following today’s publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of the results of the first (of three planned) annual screening examinations from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST). … Read More

Cancer symptoms women are most likely to ignore

— Melanie Haiken, Caring.com senior editor Women can boost their chances for early detection by paying attention to their body’s signs. Routine tests like pap smears and mammograms are important, but don’t rely on tests alone to protect women from cancer. It’s just as important for them to listen to their body and notice anything that’s different, odd, or unexplainable. … Read More

DIS is the clear-cut choice for women and physicians when it comes to mammograms

DIS knows that we have served thousands of women with our women’s health examinations in screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, bone density studies, breast MRI and breast biopsy. We are the ONLY OUTPATIENT IMAGING PROVIDER in the greater New Orleans area that has a dedicated Women’s Center — designed, decorated and with the ambiance just for women. Just because a … Read More

D.I.S. establishes lung screening program for smokers and former smokers

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) compared two ways of detecting lung cancer: low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray. Both chest X-rays and low-dose helical CT scans have been used to find lung cancer early, but the effects of these screening techniques on lung cancer mortality rates had not been determined. NLST enrolled 53,454 current or former … Read More

From a cancer survivor…

D.I.S. shares a short video about one person’s road to surviving cancer, and the role PET/CT played in her experience. PET/CT is an imaging tool that combines two scan techniques in one exam – a PET scan and a CT scan. PET/CT is mainly used for diagnosis, staging or re-staging malignant disease and metastases and evaluation of treatment response. It … Read More

One hundred years ago…

The American Cancer Society wants to put themselves out of business. One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime. And in honor of their 100th birthday, they’re embarking on our boldest undertaking yet to finish the fight. It’s based on something they’ve witnessed during the years: Cancer hates noise. It hates people like them … Read More

D.I.S. facilities pass FDA inspections for mammography

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 ultimately contribute to improved detection, earlier treatment, and better outcomes for breast cancer patients. FDA’s implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act … Read More