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 breast cyst aspiration?

A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac, like a tiny balloon, inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They can cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancer). In breast cyst aspiration, your doctor uses a small needle to make sure that the breast lump is a cyst, and to drain fluid from the cyst. … Read More

What’s the value of nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic test. One unique aspect of a nuclear medicine test is its extreme sensitivity to abnormalities in an organ’s structure or function. As an integral part of patient care, nuclear medicine is used in the diagnosis, … Read More

Pipe up to your doctor, pick up the phone and shop around

That’s not advice coming from Diagnostic Imaging Services. Of course, we fully endorse it and have recommended these courses of action for years. People must stop being passive patients and become engaged as a active consumer. This advice comes from a myriad of sources, from reporters who cover investigative stories on healthcare prices to national organizations who recommend ways for … Read More

Warning: do not be fooled by a hospital’s “outpatient” imaging

Many people have been duped by following a recommendation to go to an outpatient imaging center that is not on the main campus of a hospital. However, what people do not know is that even if the center is not located on the hospital grounds, because it is still owned by the hospital, it will bill at hospital charges and … 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

Osteoporosis Awareness: bone density scans detect low bone mass

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more … Read More

Who are the best candidates?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “So, who are the best candidates to take advantages of cutting-edge 3D mammography technology? 3D mammography is especially recommended for women with dense breasts., With conventional mammography, the images of dense breasts don’t always show us everything radiologists need to see. It is particularly beneficial for patients who are at high risk for breast … 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

High quality and lower cost. Yes, it’s possible in health care.

A few months ago, many of you have started the year with a new healthcare plan. Many more individuals who chose their employer’s health insurance plan faced high (or higher) deductibles. For many, this means a higher health insurance deductible than you have ever had before. Did you know that even in the medical field, different service providers charge different … Read More

Lung cancer Isn’t the only smoking-related cancer

A 2015 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found that 48.5 percent of around 346,000 deaths attributed to 12 types of cancer are caused by cigarette smoke. Lead researcher from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Rebecca L. Siegel, and her colleagues combed through data from the 2011 National Health Interview Survey and the Cancer Prevention Study III. The research … Read More

Another example of hospital imaging 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. The reporter did call to do some price comparisons and … Read More

Hospital ‘facility fees’ add to ballooning costs of health care for consumers

DIS shares this story about ballooning health care costs in the state of Vermont, with one reason being: The root of these increases are controversial charges known as “facility fees,” and they are routinely tacked on to patients’ bills not just for services actually provided in hospitals, but also by outpatient care centers and doctors’ offices simply because they’ve been purchased by … Read More

The mistake that can cost you up to 85% MORE for medical tests

Diagnostic tests such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can be very expensive if you don’t have insurance. In fact, they can be expensive even if you DO have insurance, depending on your policy’s deductibles and co-pays. Most people don’t realize that the fees for these procedures can vary tremendously, depending on where they are performed. Many people use hospitals … Read More

Cost vs. 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 your scans done outside of a hospital could save you big bucks. Hospital radiology departments can … Read More

Higher cost doesn’t always translate to higher quality

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a blog post about the payoff people can often, if not always, receive, when they do comparison shopping for medical exams such as MRI, CT or ultrasound tests. The quote above comes from a person from Aetna, a health insurance provider. In other areas of health care, it’s agreed that price shopping for something specialized such as a … Read More

Be a smart shopper on health care

The bane of any purchaser is not knowing enough about the purchase opportunity. We try hard to understand the relationship between price and what we’re getting. Nowhere is this bane more pronounced than in our relationship with our health care system. There are many ways we interface with it: Emergencies — where we ask no questions and simply plead to … 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

Get email appointment confirmations from Diagnostic Imaging Services

At Diagnostic Imaging Services, we have no added the ability to have appointment reminder notices sent via email to people who have made arrangements for an upcoming visit to a DIS location. It’s very simple. When you provide us with your email address (an address that is kept confidential by DIS and will not be shared outside of our organization), … Read More

At high risk for breast cancer? Start screening early

That’s the headline from a recent medical industry article published which summarizes work done by a team of physicians, along with input from the American College of Radiology (ACR). In guidelines published January 19, 2018, women at high risk for breast cancer are recommended to start annual mammography screening before the age of 40. Additional screening techniques may also be … Read More

Join DIS in observance of National Wear Red Day 2018

Go Red For Women and Diagnostic Imaging Services wants you to join us as we break the barriers against heart disease and stroke. Here’s how you can celebrate National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2, 2018. Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of … Read More

Stitching: a technique in the identification of scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disorder that causes an abnormal curve of the spine and backbone that if left untreated could lead to further health complications. Scoliosis affects about 3% of the U.S. population. Scoliosis is commonly developed in children between ages 10 and 15 and is about two times more common in girls than boys. Diagnosing and treating scoliosis in its … Read More

Report cites “out of pocket” health spending is soaring

According to a research report published in early December, U.S. health care spending increased to $3.3 trillion in 2016, with out-of-pocket health care costs borne directly by consumers rising 3.9 percent – the fastest rate of growth since 2007. Published by the non-profit organization, Health Affairs, health expenditures swallowed a greater part of the economy, with health expenditures making up … 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

Trying to put 3D mammography dose in understandable terms

One of the questions often posed by women and by medical providers regarding 3D mammography is about overall safety. Over the last several years, numerous reports, studies and research has come out regarding what we call ionizing radiation, which is defined as radiation consisting of particles, x-rays, or gamma rays with sufficient energy to cause ionization in the medium through … Read More

The difference between 2D and 3D mammography

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women in the United States are told by their medical provider that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer takes the lives of tens of thousands of women. When breast cancer is detected early – before it has spread – it is easier to treat. Women have a much better chance … Read More

You Night Northshore celebrates life with breast cancer survivors

Thursday, October 26, 2017 was a night for celebration on the victories won over cancer. They were celebrated by beautiful women, their families and friends who cheered them on with thunderous applause at the You Night Northshore 2017 Runway Fashion Show. With a 1960’s British invasion theme, it was indeed “groovy baby!” From the hosts, Austin Powers and the gorgeous … Read More

DIS calls this month “Movember”

Diagnostic Imaging Services calls this month “Movember” as we join the movement to change the face of men’s health. As a group of men who are part of DIS, we are committed to: Grow a mo (or more) for 30 days. Not mo alone. This is all part of raising awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The … Read More

We are spreading the word about the benefits of 3D mammography

The signs you see to the right are new billboards that Diagnostic Imaging Services will have live during the month of October at different locations in the greater New Orleans area. This is something new for us. Many times, people will see billboards for hospitals and other medical practices. This is truly a test for us to see if our … Read More

Breast MRI: an important piece of the imaging puzzle

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information about an advanced imaging exam we perform as part of our portfolio of women’s imaging services: breast MRI. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool that has many important uses, including:   Screening in women at high risk for breast cancer. Determining the extent … 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

What is a PI-RADS score?

The tremendous interest in 3T multiparametric MRI (mpMRI), not only here in the U.S. but around the world, brought with it the challenge of how to standardize the reporting of prostate image analysis among radiologists around the globe. The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) proposed a numeric system called the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System, or PI-RADS, for … Read More

An explanation of an exam that is very difficult to pronounce: HSG

A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is an X-ray test that looks at the inside of the uterus and fallopian tubes and the area around them. It often is done for women who are having a hard time becoming pregnant (infertile). During a hysterosalpingogram, a dye (contrast material) is put through a thin tube that is put through the vagina and into the uterus. Because the uterus and the fallopian tubes are hooked together, … Read More

What an MRI identifies for confirming and monitoring multiple sclerosis

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) imaging of the brain and spinal cord is the most common diagnostic tool to confirm the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and to monitor disease activity. MRI scans reveal abnormalities in the majority (90% to 95%) of people with MS. Although brain lesions are more common than spinal cord lesions, imaging of both brain and spinal cord … 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

DIS joins You Night events

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to be participating in upcoming July and October events held by You Night Empowering Events. Since 2013, the You Night program addresses the emotional needs of women who have had cancer. We offer a unique alternative to cancer support groups, through goal-oriented, team building activities, resulting in a powerful sisterhood of support. Diagnostic Imaging Services … Read More

What is a mammogram standing order

This question is often asked of a woman contacting Diagnostic Imaging Services to arrange a visit for a screening mammogram. Most everyone understands that a referral order is needed in order to complete a screening mammogram or any imaging test performed by our organization. But, what is a standing order? Simply, if a health care provider such as a physician, … Read More

Positioning inside an MRI

This is an inquiry our call center associates and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologists get asked frequently. We thought we would provide a brief answer. The part of the body that is scanned must be in the center of the scanner tunnel. If the body part being scanned is from the waist down, you will be placed in the tunnel … Read More

Federal law allows hospitals to charge facility fees

From a recent story posted locally comes this excerpt: Federal law allows hospitals to charge facility fees for outpatient services at affiliated clinics, regardless of whether the clinic is anywhere near the hospital. The clinics may have the same equipment, staffing and operating expenses as a private practice, and may look much the same as a private practice, but the simple fact … 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

Your midsection and ultrasound

What is considered to be the “abdominal area, the midsection so to speak of  your body?” Most would consider the abdomen to be home to important organs including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and towards the back, the kidneys. So when it is necessary to examine the abdomen, there are several areas to review. Pain in the abdomen can arise from issues … Read More

What is an upper GI test?

An upper gastrointestinal series is an x-ray test used to define the anatomy of the upper digestive tract. An upper gastrointestinal series involves filling the esophagus, stomach, and small intestines with a white liquid material (barium). An upper gastrointestinal (GI) series (barium swallow), is a radiological test that is used to visualize the structures of the upper digestive system – … Read More

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Need an MRI? It Pays to Shop Around.

That’s the headline from a USA Today article published on March 28, 2017. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been touting the benefits people, their healthcare providers and insurance companies can reap from taking the time to compare prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in order to find a provider that offers the quality needed for diagnosis, yet is less expensive and … Read More

Need an MRI? It pays to shop around. Big time.

That’s the headline from a USA Today article published on March 28, 2017. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been touting the benefits people, their healthcare providers and insurance companies can reap from taking the time to compare prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in order to find a provider that offers the quality needed for diagnosis, yet is less expensive and easier … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services invests in improved fluoroscopy technology

Diagnostic Imaging Services recently completed the installation of updated fluoroscopy technology at our East Bank location in Metairie. Fluoroscopy pays a pivotal role in medical imaging, being integral in studies such as arthrograms and hysterosalpingograms. Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures. It’s much like an x-ray video and is often done while a contrast dye moves through the part … Read More

Insurance deductible, coinsurance, and copay: know the differences

Many people are confused about the differences between an insurance deductible, co-pay and coinsurance. In short, all three represent the portion of the medical bill that you are responsible for in case you get sick or injured. Another term used is out-of-pocket expense. However, there are some very unique differences between each one. Deductible An insurance deductible is usually a … Read More