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

Why should you pay more because a hospital is more expensive to operate?

Diagnostic Imaging Services has long touted that because we are an independently-owned imaging organization that does one thing and one thing only — medical imaging examinations — we run a very efficient operation in which we hold down costs and pass those savings onto people who turn to us as patients because they have received a recommendation to have an … Read More

DIS is the first with ultra low dose CT

CAT Scan, or CT Scan as it is properly called, is a painless, non-invasive medical test and one of the most common diagnostic procedures in modern medicine. It allows our highly-trained physicians to see inside the body with more clarity than is possible with a traditional X-ray, thus helping to diagnose tumors, fractures, bony structures and infections in the organs … Read More

Intelli IP advanced CT technology installed at Diagnostic Imaging Services

The first scanner technology of its kind in the United States was installed at Diagnostic Imaging Services this week. Housed at the DIS Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, the Hitachi Supria 16-slice CT system, approved by the FDA last month, combines the latest dose saving technologies in a compact design with enhanced patient access features to comfortably accommodate … Read More

Computed Tomography: the latest upgrade in technology at DIS

Throughout 2015, Diagnostic Imaging Services has continued to invest in better technology in order to best service the medical community and general public with imaging exams that provide the information needed in order to arrive at a diagnosis. To our knowledge, no other independently-owned imaging organization in southeast Louisiana has invested more in our technical services, with Computed Tomography (CT) … Read More

Study: patients prefer familiarity over expertise when learning test results

Patients prefer to receive imaging exam results from their referring physician and not a radiologist, according to a study featured in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The study , conducted by David M. Naeger, MD, and colleagues, looked at 617 anonymous surveys completed over a 4-week period by adult patients undergoing outpatient CT or MRI exams. Patients were … Read More

CPT Codes: Why you NEED to know what they are

Diagnostic Imaging Services has long touted the encouragement for all people to inquire and know about the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) code that pertains to a medical exam, procedure or service that they are recommended to have. However, other national resources are also recommending this to people as healthcare consumers. You have the right to know this code and with … Read More

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are … Read More

What is a ganglioglioma?

A ganglioglioma is a rare type of brain tumor. Tumors are issues that grow more rapidly than normal. Gangliogliomas are types of brain tumors that are made of mixed groups of cells. A cell is the smallest, most basic unit of life, that is capable of existing by itself. Gangliogliomas are partly made of abnormal glial cells. Glial cells are … Read More

Consumers driving price transparency

In a healthcare journal article published, an analysis of data released from surveys indicate that consumers, as proactive patients, are more closely scrutinizing their health care bills and understanding the importance of costs as more often those costs are being assumed by consumers and therefore their responsibility to pay. The conclusion? “To compete in an increasingly consumer-centric business environment, healthcare … Read More

Attention all savers!

Diagnostic Imaging Services believes we will save people money on their imaging exams while providing the same, if not better, quality of care. How is that possible? Click on the picture to find out more.  

Why do we sometimes ask if you are diabetic or have kidney disease?

Some imaging exams, like CT or MRI scans, may require that you be given an injection of contrast medium into a vein. It is typically administered in your arm like when you have blood drawn, and it looks like IV fluid. Imaging is then taken of the area of concern. The contrast medium makes the vascular structures in your body … Read More

Have you spoken with your benefits value advisor?

Do you know if you have one? For many health insurance carriers, members (i.e. policy holders) can usually call or email an advisor that will assist in identifying benefits information, cost estimates and information on in-network providers for health care services. For services including surgeries, specialty procedures AND medical imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans, advisors can be … Read More

What is the role of a radiologist within health care?

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis of disease through interpreting imaging exams. Many patients would be surprised to know that after they get an imaging study, there is a physician behind the scenes who carefully reviews all of their images, and uses the provided clinical history to form a diagnosis! Radiologists interpret radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, nuclear medicine exams, … Read More

Fusion/Image Merge studies added to DIS suite of services

Over the past few months, Diagnostic Imaging Services has performed numerous fusion/image merge studies. What does that mean exactly? Typically, DIS performs a nuclear medicine bone scan and a Computed Tomography (CT)  or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Then, through post processing via computer software, images from the nuclear medicine test and either the CT or MRI are merged together … Read More

Data shows large rise in list prices at hospitals

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report showing that list prices at hospitals across the United States have risen at a pace that outpaces inflation. Most people with health insurance, including those receiving Medicare, won’t ever a see a bill for the hospital’s list price because the insurer negotiates a lower rate. But these rising charges are a growing concern … Read More

What is ICD-10 and why should you care

People may have heard over the years that health care in America has started and stopped, started and stopped, on the road to ICD-10. What exactly is that? ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains codes for diseases, … Read More

A 128 percent difference for the same imaging exams

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information comparing exam prices taken directly from a 2015 hospital invoice and the shocking difference between hospital prices and those from DIS. Exam CPT Code New Orleans Hospital DIS CT cervical spine without contrast 72125 $3,102 $1,109 Nuclear Medicine bone SPECT 78320 $931 $820 X-ray cervical spine 5 view 72050 $765 $180 Total Price: $4,805 $2,109 … Read More

Medical scans and radiation: be informed and know before you go

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a Reuters news story about medical scans. This topic is visited nearly annually, discussing the “increased risks” of getting scans that involve ionizing radiation, such as x-rays or Computed Tomography (CT) scans. The important point is this. The medical community needs to, and has in our opinion, been much better at understanding the appropriate use of imaging … Read More

Prices for over 70 medical procedures are now online

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. But an online tool that went live in February is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and … Read More

Hmmmm… interesting

Recently, a person living in the greater New Orleans area used our online appointment request tool to send us an email to have us contact her to schedule an ultrasound. The interesting thing? This person works for a local hospital. Even hospital employees know the advantages of visiting Diagnostic Imaging Services. Say YES. Spend LESS.

What is the role of Computed Tomography?

A computed tomography scan—otherwise known as a CT scan—combines a series of x-ray images taken from many different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images of the bones and soft tissues inside a body. The resulting image can be compared to a slice of bread. Each slice can be viewed individually from the whole “loaf” to get a better … 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

What is a radiology subspecialist?

Often, Diagnostic Imaging Services is asked the question regarding radiology subspecialist. What does this exactly mean? A radiologist is a physician who uses imaging methodologies to diagnose and manage patients and provide therapeutic options. Like other physicians, a radiologist must first graduate from an accredited medical school, earn an MD degree, pass a licensing examination, perform a year of internship, and complete … Read More

We have improved our mobile presence for users who are “on the go”

Diagnostic Imaging Services significantly improved the look and feel of our website for people who prefer to use their smart phone, tablet or note pad to peruse the World Wide Web. Mobile users who log onto www.disnola.com are greeted with our latest blog post. All of our pages, including our contact forms, are available. Our mobile presence provides the option to … Read More

What are the benefits of MR Enterography performed at DIS?

MR enterography is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed with a contrast material to produce detailed images of the small intestine. Physicians use MR enterography to identify and locate: the presence of and complications from Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases inflammation bleeding sources and vascular abnormalities tumors abscesses and fistulas bowel obstructions The benefits of … Read More

What is a radiologist?

Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs) or doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound. Radiologists graduate from accredited medical schools, pass a licensing examination, and then go on to complete a residency … Read More

There are three major components to quality medical imaging… care to guess what they are?

Technology Technologist Radiologist There are so many providers that confuse and confuzzle consumers and often the medical community by giving out information that isn’t always complete. Often times, you see the focus on the type of scanner made available. You see, the scanner (or the system) is only one factor. Don’t forget the humans! DIS technologists are well-trained and experienced. … Read More

Introducing the CareCredit healthcare credit card program

DIS has produced a short presentation that highlights the important points of the CareCredit healthcare financing program. With CareCredit, people can have assistance in paying for healthcare expenses, such as imaging exams, and spread those payments over six months with no interest being charged. CareCredit can also be used to pay for deductibles and co-payments. View our video below to … 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

Convenient ways to save time with DIS

Diagnostic Imaging Services reminds everyone that the ease of using our website, www.disnola.com, gives people the opportunity to request scheduling a visit to a DIS location as well as register before their appointment to save even more time! Visit our online appointment request page to email our call center that you choose to visit DIS for your test. Visit our online … Read More

Know your rights!

When you visit your doctor and he recommends you have a radiological scan (MRI, CT, PET, X-Ray, Ultrasound etc), you will receive a script.  Your doctor will often make a recommendation where you should go for the scan. In some cases, your physician may belong to a medical group or hospital that owns the imaging center to where you are being referred and … 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

Your health insurance benefits: things you should know to save money

IF YOUR EXAM IS COVERED BY PRIVATE INSURANCE: To control costs, your insurer negotiates with imaging providers on your behalf for a “contracted rate.” The contracted rate is the maximum amount that an imaging provider can collect for a covered service, and is usually less than the standard charge. What is not widely known is that the contracted rate is … Read More

What’s a more attractive price: $1,955 or $758?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a comparison of the charge for an imaging exam at a local area hospital, as compared to what the list price would be had the exam been done at DIS. Below is the actual invoice received. This charge is before the application of any insurance discounts, based on the agreement with the insurance company. This exam … Read More

Why say YES to DIS?

Five centers, more than any other New Orleans area outpatient imaging organization. Exam prices that are far less than southeast Louisiana hospital imaging centers. Flexible payment terms and options for those with costs not covered by insurance. Self-pay pricing for people without health insurance coverage. Home of the patient-friendly open MRI, the best solution for those who are claustrophobic. Bottom … Read More

DIS Marrero received continued ACR accreditation in Computed Tomography

Diagnostic Imaging Services’ facility in Marrero received a renewal in Computed Tomography (CT). Awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR), The ACR’s CT Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MR safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. All providers that bill for CT under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be … 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

People let us know what they thought of their first experience visiting DIS

Often times, the very first visit to a place you’ve never been to before can be a nerve-wracking experience. You’re not familiar with the surroundings, the people who work there or perhaps even how to find its location. DIS shares comments received from those who came to one of our facilities for the very first time. Their visit was in … Read More

What did people think of their DIS visit in August?

I was out of town on the day of my tests and was going to be 30 minutes late for my appointment. I called and the staff couldn’t have been nicer.  They told me to take my time and be careful.  Thank you! Everyone is so polite and nice.  They put you at ease every time. They are very professional. … Read More