The hospital charge was 10 times higher for a CT scan

For many years, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has proclaimed that our screening and diagnostic testing are performed at fees, both list charges and potential costs that a person may have to pay as a result of their health insurance coverage, that are far below area hospitals and medical centers. Many people have saved money as a result of choosing DIS, … Read More

The first to offer ultra low dose CT in Louisiana

A Computed Tomography, 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 radiologists 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 … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services went red for women

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) participated in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2021. Every year, the first Friday of February has been dedicated to National Wear Red Day as an awareness day for American women to understand their number one health threat – heart disease. DIS joined our affiliate partners at Capitol Imaging Services in observing National … Read More

Another example of hospital imaging MRI exam “sticker shock”

Even though this is not a story from our area, it still holds relevance not only in the greater New Orleans area, but in the state of Louisiana and the entire country. This story is from a public radio news reporter in Boston, Massachusetts who needed to undergo an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. The reporter did call to do … Read More

CPT Codes and why you need to know what they are

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has long touted the encouragement for 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

Why do women choose Diagnostic Imaging Services for their breast cancer screening?

Did you know that you have a choice as to where to go for your screening mammogram? You have a choice for your breast cancer screening just as you have for many different types of healthcare services, including screening and diagnostic testing. For tens of thousands of women annually, that choice has been Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). The reasons vary, … Read More

Transparency rules for hospital pricing now in effect

In an article published online by National Public Radio, “The New Year will bring nore transparency In hospital prices,” hospitals and medical centers are now required by law to publicly post prices for every service they offer and break down those prices by component and procedure. Under these new requirements, this pricing information is to be posted publicly on a … Read More

A New Year’s resolution suggestion: ask how much that test will cost!

Would you be upset if you received a medical bill for what most would consider to be an outrageous amount of money for a simple test? That’s what one person experienced with a charge of nearly $12,500 for lab work! This story, published by National Public Radio in December 2020, illustrates the continuing issue in healthcare: exorbitant fees charged by … Read More

Dance the night away: just not during an MRI

FREEZE! Hold still during your Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. Did you know that even the slightest movement during your exam can compromise your MRI picture? Motion can affect nearly every modality of radiology, but none so much as MRI. This is because the machine is taking images of your body in such detail, that when a patient moves even … Read More

What is a bone spur and how are they diagnosed?

If you or someone you know has had knee pain and after their diagnostic testing, they received a diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis, you may be more familiar with the term “osteophytes” or as their more common name, “bone spurs.” Bone spurs have been defined as “abnormal bony lumps that appear on the surface of joints that have suffered some degree of … Read More

Exposing the myths and urban legends surrounding what causes breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) shares a news story that “exposes the myths, urban legends, and old wives’ tales surrounding what causes breast cancer.” Note that one of the myths is having a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. Yes, you’ll be exposed to radiation during a mammogram, but the amount from this screening test is negligible. Meanwhile, multiple studies have shown that … Read More

What is the state of lung cancer in 2020 in Louisiana?

According to published findings from the American Lung Association, about every two and a half minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer, and 80 percent of those diagnosed will ultimately die from the disease. It may be hard to believe, but there is a silver lining in that dark cloud known as lung cancer: More Americans … Read More

Why would I undergo a 3T MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) offers some reasons that work to answer the question, “why would a doctor specify a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) on a 3T ultra-high field scanner?” The increased magnet strength gives us many benefits at no additional expense. 3T MRI is an advanced scanner, producing clearer images and more accurate diagnoses. 3T MRI helps doctors see abnormalities … Read More

What would you call a mammogram that detects 41% more invasive cancer?

If you’re a woman whose cancer might have been missed, you’d call it “Genius” 3D Mammography. In a survey of 500 US women, the most important mammogram characteristic to them found was: “uses technology that is proven to detect cancer early.” Since 2011, over 8 million women have benefited from the first clinically proven, superior 3D mammography approved by the … Read More

It could be the most important picture in your life

That’s what Diagnostic Imaging Services was thinking when we added to our ultra-high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) portfolio by installing our latest 3T MRI at our Northshore – East center in Slidell, LA. It’s twice as powerful as traditional high field MRI. Why may you need 3T MRI? It’s simple. If your doctor can’t see it, they can’t treat … Read More

Wake up and smell the coffee?

Over the years, there have been numerous research studies that have come out highlighting the benefits of drinking coffee. While many understand that too much caffeine is usually not healthy, coffee in some form of moderation can often have pluses in physical health. Now, A recent study found lower levels of caffeine in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease. … Read More

Breast biopsy: what to know

If you find a lump or a change in your breast is seen on a mammogram, a biopsy may be needed to know what’s causing it. A biopsy is when a piece of tissue is taken out and tested in the lab. A biopsy is the only way to know if a suspicious breast change is cancer. The American Cancer Society … 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

Health insurance provider Cigna stops covering hospital-based CT and MRI imaging

An early October 2020 issue of Radiology Business has reported that the nation’s fourth largest commercial insurer has officially stopped covering most hospital-based CT and MR imaging after briefly shelving the proposal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was to go into effect back in early Spring, but a decision was made to delay by 120 days. “A lower cost … Read More

Screening mammogram special: take advantage during the month of October

During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid October 1 – October 31, 2020. Our Women’s Center in Metairie will be open each Saturday during October to offer weekend screenings. DIS also offers a $75 price special during October for DEXA bone density exams. DEXA screens for indications … Read More

Entertainer and breast cancer survivor urges mammograms

Fourteen years ago, singer/songwriter/entertainer Sheryl Crow was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately for her, it was detected early at stage one — according to Crow all thanks were given to her annual mammogram — and she has made a complete recovery. Recently, People magazine published an article stating that Crow is “concerned” about the decline in breast cancer screenings as … Read More

How many men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2020?

The answer? Prostate cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 191,930 men in the United States in 2020. This according to a Wolters Kluwer online article, citing statistics from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Worldwide, in data from the GLOBOCAN  database, prostate cancer will account for over 1,200,000 cases and 359,000 deaths annually. Although prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening has … 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

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 a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Diagnostic Imaging Services launched our Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) program in 2015, using the imaging technique to identify lung nodules, some of which … Read More

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer to hold 2020 event November 7

As with many events in the unusual year of 2020, this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will be a virtual event. Yet, with that development, Diagnostic Imaging Services pledges its continued support of the American Cancer Society in its efforts at stamping out not only breast cancer, but all cancer. We fully support the work toward less cancer and … Read More

Simply the best: FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

City Business has released the results of their “best of” issue for 2020, 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 TOP WINNER as the BEST diagnostic imaging center over all others that are hospital, … Read More

What is disc desiccation?

In some radiology test results for a diagnostic exam such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine (i.e. the lower back), one condition that may be diagnosed and reported on by the radiologist is what is known as disc dessication. Image copyright: www.hubpages.com Disc dessication can be very painful. In short, disc dessication is fluid loss in the … Read More

What is sinusitis?

Particularly in the early part of the year, flu season is in full swing. Many people will experience nasal congestion, cough and facial pain or pressure. These maladies are often associated with a condition known as sinusitis. Image copyright: Web MD According to Medical News Today, sinusitis occurs when mucus builds up and the sinuses become inflamed. It also notes that … Read More

What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been defined as a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot is a clump of blood that’s turned to a solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas … Read More

March is designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month

As part of national health observances that are spread out throughout the year, the month of March has been designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths each year. But thanks to increased colon cancer awareness efforts, the death rate has been dropping steadily since the 1980s. Screening for colon and colorectal cancer … Read More

CT screenings can cut lung cancer deaths according to study

According to a new study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the January 2020 New England Journal of Medicine, annual Computed Tomography (CT) screenings of former and current long-time smokers have been proven to reduce deaths from lung cancer. Dr. Debra Dyer, a spokeswoman for the American College of Radiology and chair of radiology at National Jewish Health in … Read More

What is the difference between MRI and MRA?

The difference between an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and an MRA is that an MRA is used specifically to examine blood vessels. An MRI is performed to examine other parts of the body including the abdomen, chest, pelvis and internal organs. If you or someone you love has suffered from a blood clot, stroke, heart disease, or similar health problem, a doctor … Read More

American Cancer cancer statistics: a drop in cancer death rates by 29%

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud of our continued support of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans. While we know dollars work locally, they also contribute to the ongoing fight against cancer in regional and national scopes, including research, housing, transportation and more. We share this recent message from Gary M. Reedy of the American Cancer Society regarding their news … 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

Health insurance terms explained

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a very informative article that “simply” explains terms we hear or come across in regards to our health insurance.Insurance can be confusing and sometimes frustrating thing to understand, and often people throw up their hands in frustration. Use this article to become a bit better informed. The DIS Patient Financial Services (PFS) department is staffed with experienced, … Read More

Colon cancer screening rates surge with younger start age

In a recent radiology industry journal article, participation has more than doubled in colorectal cancer screening exams — including CT colonography — among individuals in their 40s, according to an article published online on December 18 in Cancer. The growth has occurred since various cancer societies recommended lowering the age to begin screening from 50 to 45 in early 2018. … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services makes annual donation to the American Cancer Society

For several years, Diagnostic Imaging Services has been a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans, fighting to end all cancers. DIS has participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and also added Relay For Life Multi-Parishes to our participation list for 2019. We invited Whitney from the American Cancer Society to join us for … Read More

X-rays effective as diagnostic tool for knee pain in patients over 40

Knee pain is common among Americans age 40 and up. Nearly 1 in 17 people visit doctor offices each year for knee pain or injuries fro osteoarthritis – a progressive “wear and tear” diseases of the joints. Those odds increase as the U.S. population continues to age and becomes even more overweight. While an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam is … Read More

Independent imaging: what’s in it for me?

Many people do not realize that there is a choice when you are told by your medical provider that you need an imaging exam, from an ultrasound to a PET/CT study. There are really three main choices: The hospital imaging center An imaging center owned by the hospital An independent imaging center First, let’s clarify. What does it mean by independent? … Read More

What can you do to be prepared for your imaging exam?

Screening and diagnostic testing has become a very important component in health care, thanks to the advances in technology and how test results often dictate a diagnosis or treatment of various conditions and diseases. Testing can cause confusion and anxiety in a number of people. Much of the time, it is because of the “fear of the unknown.” The better … Read More

Four money saving questions to ask every medical service provider

If you want information about saving money DIRECTLY from a person who works in the health care field, this presentation is for you! It really isn’t that difficult. There are a few key words she gives to guide you to where you want to be. In this example, she would have been able to get the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) … Read More

Learn more about breast ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Services provides information about an exam commonly performed as part of our women’s imaging portfolio: breast ultrasound. Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. During a breast ultrasound examination the sonographer performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any … 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

The difference in mammogram types?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “what is the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?” While screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms, diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue. … Read More

Breast density: why it is important to know

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a few questions and answers regarding the topic of breast density and its importance to women. Q.  I had a mammogram recently and was told that I have dense breast tissue. What does that mean? A.  Breasts are made up of fat and non-fatty glandular and connective breast tissue. Some women have more fat than breast tissue, … Read More