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

Shades of prostate cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an informative presentation by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute regarding the different types of prostate cancer that often can result in confusion for the man receiving the diagnosis as well as his family and friends. Types of prostate cancer range from low-grade to advanced, and call for different types of treatment plans. Learn more about these … Read More

A continued increasing role for MRI in prostate cancer

Much attention paid to multiparametric prostate MRI (mp-MRI) has focused on its ability to improve prostate cancer detection and diagnosis. However, prostate MRI has the potential to improve other aspects of prostate cancer care. Beyond guiding biopsy needles, prostate MRI can also aid prostate cancer staging, inform treatment planning and to monitor patients following treatment. At Diagnostic Imaging Services, our … Read More

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

One in every seven of our fathers, husbands, brothers or sons will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. One in 36 will die of this disease. Prostate cancer is a formidable opponent. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the U.S. In 2011, the most recent year on record, … Read More

Breast cancer: symptoms and treatment

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an informative three-minute presentation on the most common form of cancer in women. In this video, an explanation of what cancer is and how it can develop in the breasts is provided. A description of different symptoms that are possible signs for breast cancer and the risk factors associated with this disease are also included. DIS offers an extensive … Read More

Study shows value of calcium scan in predicting heart attack and stroke

A November 2018 study showed that coronary artery calcium (CAC) screening, an assessment tool that is not currently recommended for people considered at low risk, is a better predictor of blocked coronary arteries at risk for a heart attack and the need for revascularization than standard risk-assessment equations used in medical practice today. CAC screening provides a direct measure of … Read More

Why one medical provider prefers Diagnostic Imaging Services

Most would initially conclude that the above statement comes from a satisfied person who came to DIS for an imaging exam. Actually, that statement came from a nurse that works in a referring office in New Orleans. This nurse from an orthopedic practice had referred someone to a facility other than DIS (a hospital imaging center). However, the test had … 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

Why are MRI scanners so loud?

Why do MRI machines make so much noise?  This is actually a very common question. Noises associated with MRI machines have been compared to jackhammers, clanking, banging, and industrial noises. You should be aware that these noises are normal and are not an indication that anything is wrong with the machine, but rather an indication that the machine is doing … Read More

Research: hospital outpatient prices much higher for identical services

According to research published by the National Institute for Health Care Reform, average hospital outpatient department prices for common imaging, colonoscopy and laboratory service can be DOUBLE THE PRICE for identical services provided in a physician’s office or other community-based setting, such as an independent provider, i.e. Diagnostic Imaging Services. Using private insurance claims data for nearly 600,000 active and … Read More

I can’t fight this feeling

If you have ever felt nervous, anxious or on edge when in tight spaces such as an elevator, closet or even a small car, chances are you show signs of clinical claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is defined as “a fear of being in closed or small spaces” and “an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or … 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