Diagnostic Imaging Services adds second Northshore West facility in Covington

Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has acquired an additional imaging center location in Covington. Formerly known as Premier MRI, the center located at 1200 Pinnacle Parkway, Suite 5 in Covington is now Diagnostic Imaging Services effective March 1, 2017. With these additions, DIS expands to five … Read More

Stephanie Casey MD joins Reliant Radiology

Reliant Radiology, LLC, the exclusive provider of radiology interpretation services to Diagnostic Imaging Services, is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Stephanie D. Casey to its staff. Dr. Casey earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tulane University, moving on to complete her doctorate at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. Casey also completed a post-doctorate fellowship … Read More

Hospitals tend to be compensated by insurance companies at about twice the rate for private independent companies

The headline is a statement made in an article posted in the Southwest Citizen’s Guide on patient comparison shopping for imaging services. Often, the follow-up question most will ask is “Why?” Common reasons include: Hospitals often negotiate with insurers for higher reimbursement rates on their imaging services. Hospitals claim they need higher reimbursements due to their large overhead and to compensate … Read More

DIS celebrates National Wear Red Day 2017

Diagnostic Imaging Services is RED AHEAD in participating in the 2017 National Wear Red Day. Why go red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, that can change because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. By participating, DIS … Read More

Be cautious when evaluating imaging centers

When evaluating based on price, that’s the advice given by a physician who works for a university medical center in New York during a radiology conference held in late 2016. We agree with that advice. However, in looking further into the advice the physician provided, his assumptions were often that “nobody really knows” if lower prices can provide the quality … Read More

MRI and ionizing radiation: some people say yes

In a recent report from MD Anderson related to oncology patient perceptions of the use of ionizing radiation in diagnostic imaging, 29 percent said MRI used it. This is incorrect. But, it does show a gap in “health literacy” and one of the reasons Diagnostic Imaging Services uses this blog, our website and our social media tools to better explain exams … Read More

Non contrast Magnetic Resonance Angiography safe for patients with renal disease and diabetes

The post headline comes from a September 30, 2016 article posted on www.dotmed.com. The article describes the radiologists in the Chicago, Illinois area looking for a better alternative to more risky Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) exams using a contrast dye. In southeast Louisiana, that solution has been here for several months. Angiography is an imaging test that uses Magnetic Resonance … Read More

Yes you can save money on healthcare services

Medical imaging is one area of healthcare in which people can truly save money. It’s due to one simple fact. Entities within medical imaging that are not owned by hospitals and health systems offer list prices and fees that are much, much less than behemoth hospitals. Numerous articles have been published on the subject, citing example after example of the … Read More

What causes neck pain?

In a recent article, neck pain was cited as being most commonly caused by mechanical stress to the neck, such as strains or sprains to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Of course, there are many more causes and in the article, the following were highlighted: Poor posture The part of the neck that is particularly vulnerable to forward head posture … Read More

What do people who choose Diagnostic Imaging Services think of us?

Part of what we do daily at Diagnostic Imaging Services is to give people the chance to tell us what they thought about their experience with us. We know there are many choices when needing an imaging exam and we want to know how we are doing in terms of care and service. By actively soliciting people, we gleam information … Read More

When is it appropriate to shop for healthcare services?

Much is spoken about, written about and bantered about in regard to people becoming much more engaged with healthcare services that they may need. Services have a wide and varied range from lab work to therapy to surgeries. Within that range, of course, is medical imaging. Medical imaging is an important cog in healthcare due to its screening and diagnostic capabilities … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services recognized in national MRI exam quality contest

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that among images submitted by our high field open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist, the image (right) for a MRI of the brain and pituitary gland was given second place! This national contest, sponsored by Hitachi, recognizes excellence in MRI imaging from across the country. DIS installed our Hitachi Oasis 1.2T high field open … Read More

New campaign launched to help medical providers perform head CT scans in children

© www.news-medical.net; www.imagegently.org The Image Gently Alliance, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations have launched the “Think A-Head” campaign to help providers appropriately obtain and perform computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries. The effort will also equip providers and parents with … Read More

Learn more about CT scans

A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a type of medical imaging test that combines several different x-rays to produce cross-sectional images. Your physician may advise you to undergo a CT scan for a variety of reasons. CT scans are helpful for evaluating soft tissues and bones, which means they may be used to diagnose bone tumors, fractures, heart disease and … Read More

Visit DIS and “Pink up the Pace”

Diagnostic Imaging Services will be hosting our first ever “PINK UP THE PACE” event on Wednesday morning, October 26, 2016. This event gives women an opportunity to learn more about mammography and women’s health, as well as make appointments for breast cancer screenings. And, while visiting DIS, take advantage of our free 10-minute chair massage, courtesy of Balance Massage! Come … Read More

Hospital employment of doctors rising rapidly

The number of physician practices owned by hospitals and health systems jumped 86% from 2012 to 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Avalere Health for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). The number of physicians employed by hospitals increased by nearly 50% during the same period, from 95,000 doctors in 2012 to more than 140,000 physicians in 2015, the … Read More

Why does my joint hurt? Ouch!

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national … Read More

Yummy “on” the tummy: the wonders of ultrasound

Bellies and tummies are where we keep things, including laughs, gumbo and babies. But this area holds more than that. The anatomically correct name for that part of the body is the abdomen. The abdomen is home to important organs including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and towards the back, the kidneys. So when radiologists are asked to look into someone’s belly/tummy/abdomen, … Read More

Shop smart for health care: imaging studies

Become an educated consumer. Take ownership in your health care dollar and understand why you were referred to one place over another. Ask your doctor if he or she is required by his or her employer or financially incentivized to send you to a particular medical facility for testing. Look up your imaging study. There are numerous websites that provide estimates … Read More

Can you trust your doctor with your financial health?

That’s a question recently posed on a website blog that touts services medical cost savings for consumers. It’s an interesting and poignant question. Of course, the presumption is that a person trusts their doctor or medical provider with their physician health, otherwise they would seek different care. We put our trust in their training and expertise to examine, diagnose and treat … Read More

When it comes to healthcare, bigger does not mean better

Actually, often it means dysfunctional. A lack of truly caring. Disconnected. And, very expensive. A group called Doctors for Truth in Health Care notes that after six years of the Affordable Care Act, there has been lots of consolidation of  hospitals and health systems, but little if any improvement in quality of care or lower costs. The group maintains that … Read More

Study indicates most aggressive form of prostate cancer on the rise

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report that indicates efforts to limit the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may be partially responsible for a rise in incidences of the most aggressive form of the disease. The study, published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, suggests doctors may want to reconsider their approach to screening and monitoring the disease, since … Read More

Join us for the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff on August 3

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to once again be the sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast on August 3, 2016 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans. DIS joins the ACS in believing that everyone with breast cancer should have support. That’s why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be … Read More

Hospital vs Freestanding imaging facility: choose wisely

When it comes to selecting a facility to have diagnostic imaging needs met, patients often are faced with the decision between the hospital and a freestanding, outpatient imaging center. Finding the highest quality at the lowest price is the mission of many people today, particularly those with high deductible health insurance plans. It is important to note that there is a … Read More

How do you “shop” for a radiology procedure?

Do you remember the last time you bought a car? Maybe you wanted a convertible, so you went from dealer to dealer test driving for important features like trunk space and speed of transformation (maybe you looked at the Camaro first) before settling on a model, and then checked Kelley Blue Book, called a few dealers, and settled quickly on a … Read More

Tips offered for price-conscience consumers

If you’re not a price-conscience consumer, read no further. However, we suspect most everyone is price-conscience or price-sensitive, often the same thing. No one wants to pay more than they have to and in the area of healthcare, often that ends up being the case — particularly in medical imaging. Here are four pointers suggested by people who were patients … Read More

Comparing prices for healthcare: know how and where to look

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a presentation that gives pertinent information and advice to those who want to do all they can to save money on healthcare services. Although often considered time-consuming and frustrating, it often is well worth the effort. People often don’t realize that they have the freedom of choice. A physician, often a hospital-employed physician, will tell you to … Read More

Pokemon and radiology?

Courtesy of the Gomer Blog… Reports from the radiology reading room at a local hospital indicate that a veteran radiologist, completely missed a Pokémon in the right lower lobe on a routine chest x-ray earlier this week. The Pokémon, a Charmander, was sitting in plain sight of the radiologist, who witnesses claim had no excuse for such a crucial error. … Read More

Health care convenience or price is convenience AND price at DIS

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. Hospital radiology departments can generate a lot of traffic for the perceived convenience of location and as a one-stop shop for medical care. However, there is no shortage of articles that will tell you that diagnostic imaging is more … Read More

The evolution of premium ultrasound arrives at Diagnostic Imaging Services

At the Diagnostic Imaging Services northshore locations in Covington and Slidell, two Philips Affiniti 70G premium ultrasound units have been installed. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services to add MRI breast biopsy to women’s imaging portfolio

Diagnostic Imaging Services, a leader in southeast Louisiana’s women’s health imaging, is pleased to announce that MRI breast biopsy will be added to our stable of women’s health exams. Plans call for implementing this service at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016. DIS already performs breast MRI and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, with plans to add stereotactic breast biopsy … Read More

Many hospital-employed physicians refer people to DIS

Contrary to what some people may be told, Diagnostic Imaging Services accepts referral orders for imaging exams from any of the following qualified medical providers: Medical doctors (MD, DO) Nurse practitioners Physician assistants Certified nurse midwives Chiropractors Podiatrists In many cases, these medical professionals are employed by local hospitals and healthy systems. These providers understand the value DIS provides to … Read More

Like music to my ears – literally

That’s what some MRI patients may tell you after their MRI experience at Diagnostic Imaging Services. Music is often referred to by many as life. It’s been referred to as “what feelings are like,” the shorthand of emotion” and “what makes the world go round.” We’ll add to that by saying it’s what makes undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) … Read More

Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on an imaging exam?

One area woman did exactly that by choosing Diagnostic Imaging Services over a local New Orleans area hospital. How did she do that? It was easy. She simply picked up the phone and did exactly what we have been touting for years: shop and compare prices for healthcare services, just as most people do when comparing prices for vehicles, furniture, … Read More

Stereotactic breast biopsy services to be added at Diagnostic Imaging Services

Diagnostic Imaging Services is adding to our women’s health services portfolio by introducing stereotactic breast biopsy imaging studies to our suite of exams performed at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie. No specific date has been set for the commencement of stereotactic breast biopsy, but plans call for this service to be implemented sometime within the third to fourth … Read More

You receive a call back after your screening mammogram: now what?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares this article, courtesy of the American Cancer Society. Most of the time, women getting their routine mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests. Getting that … Read More

What you need to know about an arthrogram

Diagnostic Imaging Services is a freestanding independent outpatient imaging provider that performs a specialty procedure called an arthrogram. An arthrogram uses imaging equipment to evaluate a joint like the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle. It is a two-step procedure consisting of a contrast injection into the joint, followed by an MRI or CT scan of the joint. An … Read More

Three components: patient, doctor and insurance provider

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a review that was recently posted onto the DIS Metairie Google Plus page. Unfortunately, the review was quite scathing and it was disappointing to us as we want every person who chooses DIS for their test to have as pleasant an experience as possible. And, that experience begins long before they come to one of our centers. … Read More

We are really low on the totem pole in Covington

In this case, being low is a very, very good thing! The “pole” in this case is the measurement in which area medical imaging providers perform Computed Tomography (CT) exams. As many know, CT is one imaging technique that often causes concern for people as they are very worried about the exposure to medical radiation. Of course, DIS advocates the … Read More

Another recommendation to “shop around” for healthcare services

Diagnostic Imaging Services has and will continue to trumpet the cause for people to stop being passive patients and start being active consumers. This means standing up for themselves when discussing options for healthcare services with their provider. Often, a provider, particularly if they are employed by a hospital or health system, will direct you there, regardless of cost to … Read More

Why do I need to wait 2-3 hours after my injection for a nuclear medicine bone scan?

This is a common question asked of our nuclear medicine technologists. One of our technologists, Blaine, provides the answer for you. Bone Imaging is used to detect skeletal lesions as the earliest possible time, monitor the course of skeletal diseases and evaluate the metabolic activity of skeletal lesions.  It can also detect osteomyelitis as well as stress fractures. The injection … Read More

The case of the $629 hospital band aid charge

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article of a Connecticut family who chose to use a hospital’s emergency room (ER) in the case of their one-year-old daughter who had a finger bleeding profusely. Unfortunately, for the family, they incurred a $629 hospital bill for services rendered — an examination, treatment and band-aid. Even though this articles covers a situation that occurred … Read More

The cost effectiveness of 3D mammography

According to research recently published by Yale University, 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), has one more thing physicians and women should like about it: It’s cost-effective. Researchers say not only does it find more cancers than digital mammography alone, 3D mammography reduces the number of exams categorized as what’s known as “BI-RADS 3” or “probably benign,” which … Read More

Supporting the military and their families

All of us at Diagnostic Imaging Services support our men and women, past and present, who have defended our freedom and our liberty by putting their lives on the line in order to keep our country free and strong. Not only should support happen for them, but also for their families and loved ones, who often experience long periods without … Read More

The American Cancer Society says thank you

A message from the New Orleans area American Cancer Society: It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and all of us at the American Cancer Society in New Orleans want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the endless support, time dedication, funds, and passion you put in to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the mission … Read More

Choosing DIS from nearly 300 miles away

Diagnostic Imaging Services was recently contacted by a person who received a recommendation for an MRI. While that is not at all uncommon, it is unique that this individual will be coming to our East Bank facility from nearly 300 miles away. The reason? Our high field open MRI. The person is larger in size and stature, and therefore traditional … Read More