What is a neuroradiologist?

Neuroradiology is the medical subspecialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of brain, spinal cord, head and neck, and vascular lesions using x-rays, magnetic fields, radio waves, and ultrasound. These forms of energy are harnessed with machines such as the CT (CAT) scanner, magnetic resonance (MR) scanner, and ultrasound machines. Additionally, angiography is also a tool of the neuroradiologist. … Read More

How to research health care prices

It’s long been hard for health-care consumers to learn how much doctor visits or hospital stays will cost them. That’s now beginning to change, as a growing array of Web sites try to lift the veil on pricing. The mystery surrounding health-care pricing stems partly from the fact that hospitals and other providers generally don’t publicize how much they’re paid … 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

D.I.S. adds two new insurance plans to its list of accepted coverages

Diagnostic Imaging Services announces the addition of two health insurance plans that are accepted for coverage of imaging exams: Medicaid – LaCare United Healthcare – PCIP (Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan) LaCare is a program of AmeriHealth of Louisiana, Inc. and part of the AmeriHealth Family of Companies, one of the largest organizations of Medicaid managed care plans in the … Read More

Our newest addition to the D.I.S. family is on the way!

If there is an opportunity for a company to act as proud expectant parents, this would be it! Our soon-to-be newest part of the D.I.S. imaging family is on its way to Louisiana. Coming in at a healthy and hefty 10,000 pounds plus, our “Phillipe” will be in transport awaiting his new home at the D.I.S. Women’s & Advanced Imaging … Read More

DIS enters our 40th year of service to area communities

In recognition of Diagnostic Imaging Services beginning its 40th year of providing outpatient imaging service to people in the communities surrounding New Orleans, we’d like to unveil a logo which we will use in 2013 to highlight this accomplishment. No other outpatient imaging provider has served this area longer than DIS. It is a tribute to the hardworking, talented and … Read More

D.I.S. introduces MR Enterography imaging studies

MR enterography is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed with a contrast material to produce detailed images of the small intestine. MR enterography may be recommended to: Find internal bleeding Find areas of irritation and swelling Find abscesses, which are pus filled pockets, in the intestinal walls Find small tears in the intestine wall Find any blockages or obstructions Help … Read More

An insurer tells a patient his MRI costs less at an outpatient imaging center!

Ask Rick Harrison of Columbus, Ohio.  In this story filed last July, Mr. Harrison needed a MRI of his knee.  His physician referred him to a hospital imaging center.  That evening, after the physician appointment, his insurance provider “called to tell him that there were other sites where magnetic resonance imaging would cost less. The next day, Harrison switched his … Read More

How to prepare your child for an x-ray or MRI

Going to the doctor can be scary enough for young children. So the idea of an X-Ray or MRI may prove particularly stressful. You see sophisticated equipment that can help identify risks to your child’s health. Your child, however, may simply see a big machine with laser-like lights strong enough to see through their skin and bones. Her perception of what it’s like to … Read More

How Does MRI Work?

MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a procedure used in imaging centers to scan patients and determine the severity of certain injuries. An MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Common reasons people go in to get an MRI are for a sprained ankle or back pain. What should I do … 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

Ways to fight osteoporosis

–By Tammy Worth, Health.com Most people know calcium strengthens bones. But there are more than a dozen other ways to fight osteoporosis, the silent, bone-thinning condition that can lead to fractures, back and neck pain, and a loss of up to 6 inches of height over time. Both men and women can get osteoporosis, but it’s more common in women, … Read More

What is ultrasound of the kidneys?

A kidney ultrasound is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the size, shape, and location of the kidneys. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the kidneys and related structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to the kidneys. A kidney ultrasound uses a handheld probe called a transducer … 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

Open MRI: don’t be fooled by misleading information

Closed magnets have a large horizontal tube or “bore” and are open at both ends. Since the patient is completely encircled inside the magnet, these magnets are not patient-friendly for claustrophobic or large patients. Some imaging centers refer to their short-bore magnets as “open” so be sure to ask if they have a true open magnet. Look for yourself — does this look … Read More

D.I.S. makes donation in the fight against breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services was pleased to present a check for $6,226 to the American Cancer Society, in support of their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. D.I.S. was the Flagship Sponsor for the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in New Orleans on October 7. Thank you to our employees and to the women who place their … 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

Is this the type of service you would want for your imaging exam?

A woman visited D.I.S. this week to have her screening mammogram. She works for a physician’s office in the New Orleans area. She had new insurance and her provider instructed her to come to D.I.S. for her test. However, the woman was willing to go to a local hospital instead for her mammogram, with a willingness to pay the difference … 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

Study leaves women with conflicting advice on mammograms

Controversial U.S. guidelines for mammography issued in 2009, calling for screening every two years rather than annually for women over 50 years old, can result in breast cancers being missed, according to U.S. researchers studying the hotly debated topic. Dr. Elizabeth Arleo of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and lead researcher examined the impact of the revised task force … Read More

Scatter Radiation from Mammography Presents No Cancer Risk

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The radiation dose to areas of the body near the breast during mammography is negligible, or very low, and does not result in an increased risk of cancer, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The results suggest that the use of thyroid shields during mammography … Read More

A gold star recommendation

A “gold star” was recommended for three DIS associates at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, who provided a wonderful patient experience to a woman who came to us for her annual mammogram. The woman specifically pointed out Patty, who works in our reception area, and Melissa and Michele from our Women’s Center.  Needless to say, our patient … Read More

Woman grateful for our High Field Open Sided MRI System

D.I.S. received the following note from a woman who came to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie this month for her MRI: I went for my first MRI today, 11/21/12 & the technician in Metairie was wonderful. She helped me tremendously. I’m claustrophobic, but she talked me through it & made me feel comfortable. I couldn’t have done … Read More

Consumerism in health care: the doctor-patient paradigm has changed

DIS is providing excerpts from a news story published regarding evidence that “patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just as they would any other consumer choice.” For a long while, the doctor-patient paradigm has been one in which “doctor knows best.” But this framework has changed as patients have begun to evaluate healthcare services and providers just … Read More