What is BI-RADS?

BI–RADS stands for Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System and was established by the American College of Radiology. BI-RADS is a system that was developed by radiologists for reporting mammogram results using a common language. The radiologist assigns a single digit BI-RADS score (ranging from 0 to 5) when the report of your mammogram is created. What does BI-RADS 0 … Read More

Medicare and Managed Medicare health insurance now cover 3D mammography

Women with Medicare and Managed Medicare plans (i.e. Humana Gold, Choices 65, etc.) can choose the 3D mammography option for their screening without any additional fees. For nearly four years, these plans also cover 3D in addition to the traditional portion of their mammogram. 3D mammography is also known as breast tomosynthesis. There are several additional health insurance plan types … Read More

How to perform a self breast exam

Many times, women will ask our technologists at our various DIS centers on the proper way to conduct a breast self-examination. While there are numerous pieces of literature available, as well as many online resources, here is a step-by-step guide we like to recommend. Of course, your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider can also recommend the best … Read More

New research shows 3D mammography helps in accuracy of detecting breast cancer

In a healthcare journal article published in 2017,  more and more clinical evidence indicates that using 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. Now another benefit of the technology is coming to the forefront: Adding DBT to digital mammography helps radiologists categorize lesions more accurately. … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: the time to plan for your mammogram and breast cancer screening

Diagnostic Imaging Services performs screening and diagnostic mammograms at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. At each of these facilities, we also off the 3D mammography option. During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid starting October 1 … Read More

Annual mammography at age 40 cuts mortality the most

A screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates, according to study published in the September 2018 issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Why? Because screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier … Read More

Your first mammogram: what to expect

Going through something the first time is usually when it cause the most concern, worry and anxiousness, particularly as it applies to breasts cancer screening. Here is some information we would like to provide to hopefully put women who are having their very first mammogram at ease. How do you prepare for a screening mammogram? Here are a couple of things that … Read More

Sky high deductibles broke the US health insurance system

The above is a headline on a recent news feature published by Bloomberg, a major publisher in the business and financial market sectors. According to the feature’s authors, today, 39 percent of large employers offer only high-deductible plans, up from 7 percent in 2009, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health. Half of all workers now … Read More

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

If her provider had used more sophisticated 3D technology…

“I might have caught it before it spread to lymph nodes and before it upended my life.” That’s a quote from an April 2018 article in The Advocate with State Representative Julie Stokes. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery, and emerged from the health challenge cancer-free. In the article, Ms. Stokes revealed that she learned that her screening mammogram did not … Read More

Ten good reasons why you should choose Diagnostic Imaging Services

When you visit your doctor and you get a recommendation for an imaging exam, you’ll receive a referral order, also known as a script. Often, a doctor makes a recommendation on where you should go for the scan. Please be aware that you are not mandated to go where your doctor recommends on the script. You have the right to … Read More

What did people think of their recent DIS patient experience?

People who visit a Diagnostic Imaging Services location for a screening or diagnostic test are given an opportunity to complete a survey, telling us about their experience, from the time they made their appointment to the time they finished with the exam. Our survey is an important way for us to measure our level of quality and service, identifying associates … Read More

Why take advantage of 3D mammography technology?

This spring marks approximately five years since Diagnostic Imaging Services began performing 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms. We began with our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard Women’s Center and expanded to our Marrero – Avenue C, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations. But, why should women take advantage of this technology? Some reasons are provided below. A 3D mammogram … 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

The connection between dense breast tissue and a woman’s mammogram report

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an excellent resource, care of the American Cancer Society, on the above topic of dense breasts and mammogram reports. Breast density can be determined only by mammograms. It is not related to breast size or firmness. A woman may think that because her breasts are firm, they are dense; but breast density is not determined by how … 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

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

FDA approves the only mammogram superior for women with dense breasts

Diagnostic Imaging Services, the only independently-owned outpatient imaging provider in the greater New Orleans area to offer Genius 3D mammography shares an announcement released by the Genius manufacturer, Hologic, Inc., that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Genius 3D as superior to standard 2D mammography for routine breast cancer screening of women with dense breasts.1 The Genius exam has … 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

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

A celebration of health and wellness honoring Mother’s Day

If you are 40 or older, the American Cancer Society encourages you to get a mammogram. In addition, health advocates are urging all mom’s to talk to their health care providers about getting screened for breast cancer and to better understand their personal risk for the disease. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. … 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

DIS makes contribution to the American Cancer Society

Over the past several years, Diagnostic Imaging Services has conducted a campaign during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in which for every screening and diagnostic mammogram, we make a donation to the New Orleans area of the American Cancer Society (ACS). This year was no different. The ACS saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding … 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

Screening mammogram special: take advantage during the month of October

Diagnostic Imaging Services performs screening and diagnostic mammograms at all four of our locations. Three of our sites — Metairie, Marrero and Slidell, also off the 3D breast tomosynthesis option. During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid October 1 – October 31, 2016. Our Women’s Center in Metairie … 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

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

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

Mammograms: lots of faulty information out there

Despite large-scale campaigns to publicize the importance of breast cancer screening, a lot of faulty information regarding the mammogram exam is still being delivered to patients and sometimes interpreted as fact. To gauge where gaps in knowledge about breast cancer screening are most commonly occurring, the Working Mother Research Institute surveyed more than 2,500 women aged 35 and older to … Read More

Consolidated Appropriations Act 2016 is good news for women and mammography

Congress included access to imaging care protections for the most sick and injured of Medicare beneficiaries and women seeking mammograms in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on December 18, 2015. The Protecting Access to Lifesaving Screenings Act (PALS Act) primary language included in the bill will continue mandatory mammography … Read More

Louisiana breast density reporting bill signed into law

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed the state’s breast density reporting bill (HB 186) into law this past summer. The bill, known as the Monica Landry Helo Early Detection Act, becomes effective on January 1, 2016. Under the new law, patients in the state will always be sent their mammogram records along with detailed reports, even if no evidence that specifically … Read More

Elect to receive women’s health results via email

This fall, Diagnostic Imaging Services implemented the service that allows women to choose the option of getting test results via email. In the past, DIS had only notified women of their results by U.S. mail. However, with our new service, results are available via email as soon as the radiologist issues their findings. It’s easy to do. When a woman is … Read More

Breast lumps: something that needs to be evaluated?

Finding a lump in your breast can be a scary thing, but is it something you should worry about? Patients often worry that lumps in their breasts could be early signs of breast cancer. Sometimes a lumpy breast can be mistaken as being cancerous. The important thing is to know you breasts and understand your own normal. No one will … Read More

What is the impact of 3D mammography?

For patients, 3D mammography exams offer women a more accurate, clinically proven breast cancer screening technology.  Studies have shown a 41% better detection of invasive breast cancers. For many, this may translate into an earlier diagnosis. Up to 40% reduction in callbacks. For many, this may mean being spared the emotional, practical, and economic burdens of additional diagnostic evaluations, including biopsies This … Read More

What is ICD-10 and why should you care

People may have heard over the years that health care in America has started and stopped, started and stopped, on the road to ICD-10. What exactly is that? ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains codes for diseases, … Read More

TV personality battling breast cancer, urges women to be screened

Popular TV chef and author Sandra Lee has breast cancer, she revealed in a tearful interview that aired on “Good Morning America”. Lee, 48, told “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, about the moment she got the news. She said she was doing a photo shoot for the Most Beautiful issue of People magazine on … Read More

Lawmakers criticizing report questioning benefits of mammograms for women in their 40s

In a recent new story, over 60 members of Congress, some speaking in very personal terms, asked the Department of Health and Human Services to reject a report from an independent health panel questioning the benefits of regular breast cancer screenings for women in their 40s. Citing concerns that if the Department of Health and Human Services concurs with the recommendations of the Preventative Services … Read More

DIS offers May screening mammogram special in recognition of Mother’s Day

DIS performs screening (and diagnostic) mammograms at all four of our facilities. During the month of May, we offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid May 1 – May 31, 2015. Our Women’s Center in Metairie will be open each Saturday during May to offer weekend screenings. If you have about 20 minutes, come see … 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 mammography 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

Tips for effective breast cancer screening after breast augmentation surgery

A mammogram is a diagnostic tool used to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Research has shown that regular mammograms can lead to detection of breast cancer at less advanced stages, which can prevent the need for more radical cancer treatment such as mastectomy. Studies have shown that a woman who selects a breast augmentation surgery and has breast … Read More

The economic value of 3D breast tomosynthesis

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Despite increasing incident rates, annual mortality rates have declined by approximately 2% per year, which has been attributed to the combination of earlier detection and improvements in treatments. Mammography plays a key role in early breast cancer detection. Two-dimensional digital mammography is the current standard of care in breast cancer screening. … Read More

Many women still unaware of breast density as cancer risk factor

Nearly half of women who are eligible for mammography screening have never heard of breast density, and approximately half are unaware of breast density’s effect on cancer detection and risk, according to a new study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This knowledge gap appears to be influenced by factors such as race, income, and education, making it … Read More

Network news personality meets cancer survivor

Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram last year, live on “Good Morning America” for breast cancer awareness month, but never imagined she’d hear the words: “You have breast cancer.” Deb Greig was watching from her home in Charleston, South Carolina. The former news director at ABC News’ Charleston affiliate, WCIV, knew of Robach early on in her career, and was … Read More