CT lung screening reduces cancer mortality most in women

Computed Tomography (CT) lung cancer screening reduced cancer mortality by 69% in high-risk female smokers in the German Lung Cancer Screening Intervention (LUSI) trial, based on new results. But the test offered less of a benefit to men, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer. Lung cancer screening is a regular preventive health check, like … 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

Cost vs. Convenience — what if you could have both?

Diagnostic Imaging Services asks the question, “cost versus convenience — what if you could have both?” Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. If you have ever had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, you are well aware of the expense involved. However, choosing to get … 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

Diagnostic Imaging Services renews Image Wisely Pledge

In 2011, Diagnostic Imaging Services became the first independently-owned imaging organization to join the national Image Wisely campaign that promotes patient safety in medical imaging. This year, we renew that pledge. This pledge addresses concerns about medical facilities such as DIS providing maximum patient safety when undergoing a test that involves ionizing radiation. Most often, this involved Computed Tomography (CT), nuclear … Read More

What is facet arthropathy?

It’s fairly common for a radiology report received by a physician, who sent a patient to Diagnostic Imaging Services for an exam due to back pain or discomfort, to have the report include the phrase “facet arthropathy.” What is that? The facet joints connect the vertebral bodies to one another, and like the hip and the knee, they can also … Read More

When is a CT often recommended by a physician?

CT (Computed Tomography) scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3-D image of certain parts of the body, such as soft tissues, the pelvis, blood vessels, the lungs, the brain, abdomen, and bones.  Documented common reasons for a CT include: It is often the preferred method of diagnosing many cancers, such as liver, lung, and pancreatic cancers. The image allows … 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

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

Rotator cuff injuries often diagnosed with MRI

Ahhh…fall is soon here. This season means football, exercise and …shoulder injuries? That’s right, shoulder injuries. While this sport uses different muscles, they all involve repetitive use of the shoulder that can lead to potential shoulder instability (when the shoulder joint is loose and slides around too much in the socket). This repetitive motion can cause the shoulder ligaments to … 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

Why is a radiologist’s report important?

As outlined by the American College of Radiology, there are over 15 components of a radiology report. The length of the report should have some relationship to the complexity and cost of the exam. It should have pertinent positive and negative findings and address any specific clinical concerns. All important findings need to be stated first and any incidental findings … Read More

What is the function of an imaging test?

Diagnostic imaging lets doctors look inside your body for clues about a medical condition. A variety of machines and techniques can create pictures of the structures and activities inside your body. The type of imaging your doctor uses depends on your symptoms and the part of your body being examined. They include: X-rays CT scans Nuclear medicine scans MRI scans … Read More

What is radiculopathy?

If anyone has ever heard of this term in their discussion with their physician or health care provider, or has been examined/treated by a neurologist, Diagnostic Imaging Services would like to shed some light on what this condition is about. Radiculopathy is a disorder or disease of nerve roots that enter or leave the spine. Nerve roots are the lowest part … Read More

Ten good reasons why you should choose Diagnostic Imaging Services

When you visit your doctor and you get a recommendation for an imaging exam, you’ll receive a referral order, also known as a script. Often, a doctor makes a recommendation on where you should go for the scan. Please be aware that you are not mandated to go where your doctor recommends on the script. You have the right to … Read More

What did people think of their recent DIS patient experience?

People who visit a Diagnostic Imaging Services location for a screening or diagnostic test are given an opportunity to complete a survey, telling us about their experience, from the time they made their appointment to the time they finished with the exam. Our survey is an important way for us to measure our level of quality and service, identifying associates … Read More

Explaining Computed Tomography (CT) in a simple manner

A CT scan uses a computer that takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside a human body and converts them into pictures on a monitor. CT stands for computerized tomography. Tomography is the process of generating a 2-dimensional image of a slice or section through a 3-dimensional object. Similar to looking at one slice of bread within the … Read More

Low on dose, high on slice in Marrero

In this case, being low is a very, very good thing. And being high (or higher) in slice is another great thing. Being low and being high at the same time is the result of the recently installed Hitachi 32-slice Supria Computed Tomography (CT) system at the Diagnostic Imaging Services Marrero – Avenue C center. A fantastic upgrade in technology. … Read More

CT Lung Cancer screening program price special offered for April 2018

Diagnostic imaging Services is adding to our screening test price specials by offering a $99 CT lung cancer screening exam at four of our locations. From April 2-30, 2018 people who do not have health insurance coverage can receive this screening. We must have a referral order from a qualified medical provider in order to conduct the exam. Four DIS … Read More

Why a doctor would order a CT of the abdomen and pelvis

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “Why would a doctor recommend a CT of the abdomen and pelvis?” This type of CT scan is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and diseases of the internal organs, small bowel and colon. According to the American College of Radiology, possible diagnoses include: infections such as appendicitis, … Read More

What is a Pars fracture?

Recently, a person visited Diagnostic Imaging Services due to experiencing low back and right leg pain. They also had a previous medical history of lumbar spine surgery. In this instance, the medical provider recommended a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan that was part of a nuclear medicine Image Merge study in which the two imaging techniques, CT and nuclear medicine, were … Read More

Opening up clear communication channels for radiology patients and the public

Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostic Imaging Services, Michael Holmes, was profiled in the September 2017 issue of New Orleans Living magazine. Michael provided excellent insight into not only the world of radiology, but also healthcare, offering advice that can be quite valuable to the general public. Being vigilant and your own advocate for your healthcare dollar spending has … Read More

The difference between CT and MRI

CT (Computed Tomography) scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans both provide diagnostic images of the inside of your body. However, they accomplish this important task in very different ways. Here are a few key differences between CT and MRI scans. CT uses x-ray technology to produce diagnostic images. These x-rays require a small dose of ionizing radiation. The CT … Read More

Health insurance company begins shopper program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is rolling out a shopper program that “allows members to choose, based on quality and cost, the diagnostic imaging facility where their services are rendered.” Beginning July 1, 2017, the AIM Specialty Care Shopper program will be introduced to their individual Preferred Care PPO and HMO Louisiana, Inc. members for Magnetic Resonance Imaging … Read More

Ankle break or a sprain: which is it?

Every year in the U.S., more than one million people visit the emergency room with ankle injuries. Of these, the majority are sprains and fractures, and in many cases, it can be hard to tell the difference. While a fracture refers to a break in one or more of the ankle bones, a sprained ankle refers to damage to the … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services adds sixth and seventh locations

Here we grow again! Pardon our progress! Often times, people will hear these phrases when organization either expand or improve upon what they do. For Diagnostic Imaging Services, both hold true. As of May 1, 2017 DIS has opened a sixth and seventh location to expand our reach of services and expertise in southeast Louisiana. Our new locations are: 3434 … Read More

Hospitals tend to be compensated by insurance companies at about twice the rate for private independent companies

The headline is a statement made in an article posted in the Southwest Citizen’s Guide on patient comparison shopping for imaging services. Often, the follow-up question most will ask is “Why?” Common reasons include: Hospitals often negotiate with insurers for higher reimbursement rates on their imaging services. Hospitals claim they need higher reimbursements due to their large overhead and to compensate … Read More

Be cautious when evaluating imaging centers

When evaluating based on price, that’s the advice given by a physician who works for a university medical center in New York during a radiology conference held in late 2016. We agree with that advice. However, in looking further into the advice the physician provided, his assumptions were often that “nobody really knows” if lower prices can provide the quality … Read More

Avoid the surprise of a hospital radiology fee

Consumer frustration with the cost of medical care is at an all-time high as many purchasers of narrow-network, high deductible and high co-pay health plans are finding out that the benefits they get from their monthly insurance premiums are much more limited than they thought. One target of the ire is “surprise” medical bills for services such as radiology that … Read More

What causes neck pain?

In a recent article, neck pain was cited as being most commonly caused by mechanical stress to the neck, such as strains or sprains to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Of course, there are many more causes and in the article, the following were highlighted: Poor posture The part of the neck that is particularly vulnerable to forward head posture … Read More

Lung cancer growth rates differ by gender

Lung cancers in men and women grow at sufficiently different rates that radiologists should consider managing them differently depending on the patient’s sex, according to a presentation at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in late November 2016. Diagnostic Imaging Services launched our Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) program last year, using the imaging technique to identify lung nodules, some … Read More

What do people who choose Diagnostic Imaging Services think of us?

Part of what we do daily at Diagnostic Imaging Services is to give people the chance to tell us what they thought about their experience with us. We know there are many choices when needing an imaging exam and we want to know how we are doing in terms of care and service. By actively soliciting people, we gleam information … Read More

When is it appropriate to shop for healthcare services?

Much is spoken about, written about and bantered about in regard to people becoming much more engaged with healthcare services that they may need. Services have a wide and varied range from lab work to therapy to surgeries. Within that range, of course, is medical imaging. Medical imaging is an important cog in healthcare due to its screening and diagnostic capabilities … Read More

New campaign launched to help medical providers perform head CT scans in children

© www.news-medical.net; www.imagegently.org The Image Gently Alliance, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations have launched the “Think A-Head” campaign to help providers appropriately obtain and perform computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries. The effort will also equip providers and parents with … Read More

Learn more about CT scans

A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a type of medical imaging test that combines several different x-rays to produce cross-sectional images. Your physician may advise you to undergo a CT scan for a variety of reasons. CT scans are helpful for evaluating soft tissues and bones, which means they may be used to diagnose bone tumors, fractures, heart disease and … Read More

Can you trust your doctor with your financial health?

That’s a question recently posed on a website blog that touts services medical cost savings for consumers. It’s an interesting and poignant question. Of course, the presumption is that a person trusts their doctor or medical provider with their physician health, otherwise they would seek different care. We put our trust in their training and expertise to examine, diagnose and treat … Read More

Health care convenience or price is convenience AND price at DIS

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. Hospital radiology departments can generate a lot of traffic for the perceived convenience of location and as a one-stop shop for medical care. However, there is no shortage of articles that will tell you that diagnostic imaging is more … Read More

What you need to know about an arthrogram

Diagnostic Imaging Services is a freestanding independent outpatient imaging provider that performs a specialty procedure called an arthrogram. An arthrogram uses imaging equipment to evaluate a joint like the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle. It is a two-step procedure consisting of a contrast injection into the joint, followed by an MRI or CT scan of the joint. An … Read More

We are really low on the totem pole in Covington

In this case, being low is a very, very good thing! The “pole” in this case is the measurement in which area medical imaging providers perform Computed Tomography (CT) exams. As many know, CT is one imaging technique that often causes concern for people as they are very worried about the exposure to medical radiation. Of course, DIS advocates the … Read More

Supporting the military and their families

All of us at Diagnostic Imaging Services support our men and women, past and present, who have defended our freedom and our liberty by putting their lives on the line in order to keep our country free and strong. Not only should support happen for them, but also for their families and loved ones, who often experience long periods without … Read More

Benefits of CT scans may outweigh cancer risk for young adults

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article published a few years ago in which the potential cancer risk that younger adults face from exposure to Computed Tomography (CT) scans pales in comparison to the actual threat posed by health conditions driving the use of the imaging technology, according to a published study. Examining medical records from about 22,000 patients between the … Read More

Why would someone be told they needed a CT scan?

CT scanning is a noninvasive way to study all parts of your body. The technique itself is painless and can provide extremely accurate images. In many instances, a CT scan can decidedly decrease the need to perform surgery and CT scans have vastly improved the ability of doctors to diagnose many diseases earlier in their course and with much less … Read More

Medical imaging procedures and radiation concerns: are you safe?

For a number of years, the media has been doing extensive coverage from time to time on radiation exposure from medical imaging procedures. When our patients come in, that’s almost always a topic that we get asked about. Patients want to know how much radiation they’ll be exposed to during their procedure, and how that might affect them in regards to … Read More

Don’t pay through the nose!

Diagnostic Imaging Services says Do yourself a favor and breathe easier by choosing DIS. At one local hospital, according to Medicare, in 2013 the average submitted charge for an MRI without the use of a contrast dye was $3,533.25. The average submitted by DIS? $1,254 Holy mackerel! Same test. Same, if not better, quality of care. Hospitals and health systems across … Read More

What is the difference between a CT scan and an MRI?

CT scans and MRI scans both provide diagnostic images of the inside of your body. However, they accomplish this important task in very different ways. Here are a few key differences between CT scans and MRI scans. Radiation CT, which is short for Computerized Tomography, uses x-ray technology to produce diagnostic images. These x-rays require a small dose of ionizing … Read More

CT scanners: is there a big difference in quality?

“You don’t have a 32-slice, 64-slice or 128-slice CT scanner. Aren’t these better for having my CT exam?” Yes and most definitely NO. If you are in need of a cardiac CT angiogram, then yes, a 64 or 128 or million slice scanner would be far superior to our 16 slice scanner. Medicare accreditation even demands that facilities wishing to … Read More