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

Innovative, highly-trained radiology group named exclusive provider for DIS

September 2, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – With top priorities being first-rate patient care and positive experiences, Reliant Radiology, LLC (Reliant) has entered into an agreement to be the exclusive provider of radiology services to Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). Led by Drs. Louis Schruff and Brad Shore, Reliant has formed an innovative and progressive group of physicians who offer numerous radiology … 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

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What do people visiting DIS for the first time think of their experience?

Here are comments from people who came to DIS in May and June for the very first time, describing their overall experience: Everything was great. I will definitely return, if I have to have any further testing. I have had plenty of CT scans and this was the best yet.  Thank you. I was very nervous about getting an MRI … Read More

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

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

Here is a brief excerpt from an answer to the question posed above, provided by Paul Christo, M.D., Director, Pain Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a useful tool in evaluating the spine. An MRI is non-invasive, does not use radiation, and provides good visualization of the spinal ligaments, a herniated … Read More

Why The Link Between Childhood Cancer and CT Scans May Be Overblown

Another study is adding to the growing body of evidence that CT scans in childhood can be linked to cancer later on. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, looked at seven U.S. health care systems and the use of CT scans on the head, abdomen, pelvis, chest and spine in kids under age 15. CT scans are considered one of … Read More

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

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

What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?

In the article, “What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?”, the author suggests the following results: As costs keep rising, and more and more people decide “I’m not going to take it anymore,” more of us will start asking “What are my options?” As word gets out that prices vary this much, it’s going to get … Read More

Risks of CT-induced cancer “miniscule” to young adults

The mortality risk associated with the underlying reason for computed tomography (CT) imaging in young adults outweighs the risk for radiation-induced cancer, reassure US researchers. As reported in Radiology, over the average 5.5 years of follow-up after imaging, 7.1% of 8057 chest CT patients and 3.9% of 13,888 abdominal CT patients died. This is a whole order of magnitude larger than the … Read More

We’re a certified imaging center for the DePuy TruMatch® Scanning Protocol

D.I.S. is now a certified imaging center for the DePuy TruMatch® Solutions protocol for total knee replacement surgery. As a certified imaging center, D.I.S. will work with DePuy and your orthopedist by providing a CT scan of your whole leg, from hip to ankle. This scan will be used as part of your surgical planning. Visit www.depuy.com/patients-and-caregivers/knee for more information. … Read More

Don’t make this mistake

As we head into a new year, where health insurance deductibles reset to $0, DIS shares an interesting article regarding consumers saving “thousands” of dollars by going “independent.” Highlights include: You may be paying much more for… your outpatient medical tests than you need to—by as much as 85 percent; There is enormous variability in pricing for medical imaging tests, … Read More

CT Scan Benefit May Beat Risks

HealthDay — December 18 (HealthDay News) — Repeat CT scans deliver a big dose of potentially hazardous radiation over time, but the short-term benefit may outweigh the long-term risk for men with testicular cancer, a new study suggests. With Americans getting more and more CT scans, concerns exist about the potential for that radiation exposure to raise a person’s cancer … Read More

Self-referral by physicians boosts Medicare imaging costs: GAO

October 31, 2012 — It’s estimated that in 2010, providers who self-referred patients for advanced imaging made about 400,000 more referrals than they would have had they not had a financial interest in the imaging equipment and that these referrals cost the Medicare system an additional $109 million, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report was requested … Read More

Lung Cancer Staging and Imaging Options

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an emerging modality in lung cancer staging. It allows for combination fo functional and anatomic assessment of lesions, especially useful in detecting nodal involvement or metastatic spread. Tumor cells have a higher than normal metabolism, detect on PET by their increased glucose uptake, which makes PET an excellent modality to classify indeterminate lesions, thus reducing … Read More

D.I.S. patient information brochure now available

If you have never visited a D.I.S. facility in the past, or it has been some time since your last visit with us, click on the link below to view (and print) our updated informational brochure. This concise pamphlet provides an overview of our most common services, our imaging technologies and our main contact information. If you would like a … Read More

What did people think of their visit to D.I.S.?

Last month, several people provided us with feedback regarding their visit to D.I.S. The location was easy to park and get to.  All the personnel were very friendly to talk to. The office was very neat. Everything was very nice. I appreciate the late hours. Wonderful, wonderful place. Love it. The service is wonderful. The techs are very friendly and … Read More