Customer service stinks

The above is from a quote in an article about television news personality John Stossel, who recently revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The cancer isn’t really what’s bothering him. It’s the service he was receiving this week at a New York hospital. He wrote: “My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I’ll be fine,” … Read More

Planning and paying for a diagnostic procedure

Millions of diagnostic exams are performed in the United States each year. However, planning and paying for these often-essential procedures can be confusing and sometimes much more expensive than they need to be. If diagnostic exams were like most consumer products, you could simply compare CT scan prices online, come up with the funds, and make your purchase. Unfortunately, almost nothing … Read More

Benefits of CT scans may outweigh cancer risk for young adults

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article published a few years ago in which the potential cancer risk that younger adults face from exposure to Computed Tomography (CT) scans pales in comparison to the actual threat posed by health conditions driving the use of the imaging technology, according to a published study. Examining medical records from about 22,000 patients between the … 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

Why would someone be told they needed a CT scan?

CT scanning is a noninvasive way to study all parts of your body. The technique itself is painless and can provide extremely accurate images. In many instances, a CT scan can decidedly decrease the need to perform surgery and CT scans have vastly improved the ability of doctors to diagnose many diseases earlier in their course and with much less … Read More

What a woman should know about 3D mammography

Women 40 years old and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. Now there is what has been touted as a much superior screening tool: 3D mammography. But what is 3D mammography? How is it different from traditional mammography? 3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or x-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3D … Read More

Over 17 million enrolled in high deductible health insurance plans

An annual census conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) of U.S. health insurance companies shows that enrollment in health savings account/high-deductible health plans (HSA/HDHPs) totaled 17.4 million in January 2014. The number of enrollees with HSA/HDHPs rose to nearly 17.4 million in January 2014, up from 15.5 million in January 2013, 13.5 million in January 2012 and 11.4 million in January 2011; an average … Read More

Thousands more for an ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Services was contacted by a woman who had her doctor recommend an ultrasound due to a condition known as aortic stenosis. However, she told her doctor there was no way she was going to have the test when the hospital told her the cost was $2,870! She had health insurance and therefore the price of $2,870 would be … Read More

Hospitals: four to five times the cost just for x-rays

In a national study released by Hospital Pricing Specialists, LLC, nearly 19 million claims for chest x-rays were analyzed, comparing prices between hospital and independent office settings. In the geographical areas where Diagnostic Imaging Services has locations, here are the comparisons of the price differentials:   [table id=6 /] The first three price numbers represent a hospital setting. The second … Read More

Harnessing the big data of medical imaging to reveal the brain’s inner workings

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story regarding using advanced data analysis techniques like pattern matching, and CereScan being poised to transform the way brain disorders are diagnosed around the world. Composed of clinicians, scientists, and technologists, the CereScan team works together to ensure patients are scanned according to the company’s rigorous standards. Prior to imaging, each patient undergoes a … Read More

Cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury linked to brain connectivity disruptions

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report that says cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. A study recently published in the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society found that individuals who are at least six months post-injury exhibit between-network, long-range … Read More

Medical imaging procedures and radiation concerns: are you safe?

For a number of years, the media has been doing extensive coverage from time to time on radiation exposure from medical imaging procedures. When our patients come in, that’s almost always a topic that we get asked about. Patients want to know how much radiation they’ll be exposed to during their procedure, and how that might affect them in regards to … Read More

Don’t pay through the nose!

Diagnostic Imaging Services says Do yourself a favor and breathe easier by choosing DIS. At one local hospital, according to Medicare, in 2013 the average submitted charge for an MRI without the use of a contrast dye was $3,533.25. The average submitted by DIS? $1,254 Holy mackerel! Same test. Same, if not better, quality of care. Hospitals and health systems across … Read More

Go Red For Women and February 5: Red Ahead!

Diagnostic Imaging Services says we are RED AHEAD in participating in the 2016 National Wear Red Day. Why is red the color of the cause? Because it’s the color of hearts. Go Red For Women supports educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health. Join us at and Go Red For Women!

Help recognize World Cancer Day 2016

As some of you may know, this Thursday is World Cancer Day.  DIS wanted to share with you details provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) about World Cancer Day and how you may play a part in making an impact on the global effort to end the fight against cancer.  The ACS would love to see all of their supporters light … Read More

Possible ruptured breast implant?

Breast implants are one of the more commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. More than 285,000 women received breast implants in 2014. Although it has been clearly demonstrated that ruptured implants do not cause harm, women should consider potential complications when making the personal decision to have breast implants. A ruptured breast implant is one such risk. … Read More

DIS: a 51 percent savings over a local hospital

If you want actual proof of the potential savings offered by Diagnostic Imaging Services when you choose us over local hospitals for imaging exams, look no further that this recent example and the comparison we provide to you. Above is an ACTUAL ESTIMATE provided for a person who received a recommendation from their physician for five different exam codes. These codes … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services will go red for women

Diagnostic Imaging Services will participate in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Heart Month. 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 … Read More

Thyroid disease awareness: give yourself a “neck check”

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. Thyroid disease affects as many as 30 million Americans, according to the American College of Endocrinology. What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces hormones that control how the body functions – including heart rate, cholesterol level, body … 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

Mammograms and women’s health exams: having insurance doesn’t always pay!

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news article on the unfortunate situation a medical doctor incurred when becoming a patient herself, and experiencing what many other non-medically trained people have: hospital bill sticker shock. This occurred in New York, not Louisiana. However, no matter the location, the principle issue raised in this article and countless others holds true here. Be aware … Read More

What is the difference between a CT scan and an MRI?

CT scans and MRI 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 scans and MRI scans. Radiation CT, which is short for Computerized Tomography, uses x-ray technology to produce diagnostic images. These x-rays require a small dose of ionizing … 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

CT scanners: is there a big difference in quality?

“You don’t have a 32-slice, 64-slice or 128-slice CT scanner. Aren’t these better for having my CT exam?” Yes and most definitely NO. If you are in need of a cardiac CT angiogram, then yes, a 64 or 128 or million slice scanner would be far superior to our 16 slice scanner. Medicare accreditation even demands that facilities wishing to … Read More

Tips to get through the holidays when fighting cancer

Courtesy of The American Cancer Society, Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that offers several tips in “do’s” and “don’ts” to lift the spirits of a person who is fighting cancer during this special time of year. It can be hard to enjoy even the most beloved holiday traditions in a year when cancer has taken its toll. If you or … Read More

How many new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed annually?

In the United States, between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed. It is estimated that as many as one million people around the country suffer from the condition. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease. The … 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

DIS is the first with ultra low dose CT

CAT Scan, or CT Scan as it is properly called, is a painless, non-invasive medical test and one of the most common diagnostic procedures in modern medicine. It allows our highly-trained physicians to see inside the body with more clarity than is possible with a traditional X-ray, thus helping to diagnose tumors, fractures, bony structures and infections in the organs … Read More

DIS donates nearly $6,000 to the American Cancer Society

Every October, Diagnostic Imaging Services makes a donation to the New Orleans area American Cancer Society for each screening and diagnostic mammogram we perform. This is part of our participation for the month in the Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” event that is held annually. This year, DIS is proud to donate nearly $6,000 to the cause of less … Read More

What is the value of a DaTscan?

Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disease affecting balance, movement and agility, affects approximately 1 percent of the population over 60 years of age. Although recent years have brought increased awareness of this disorder, the lack of a test to detect this condition can lead to misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and related syndromes. In many cases, especially early in the course … Read More

November is American Diabetes Month

Diabetes can strike anyone, from any walk of life. And it does – in numbers that are dramatically increasing. In the last decade, the cases of people living with diabetes jumped almost 50 percent – to more than 29 million Americans. Worldwide, it afflicts more than 380 million people.  And the World Health Organization estimates that by 2030, that number of … Read More

Intelli IP advanced CT technology installed at Diagnostic Imaging Services

The first scanner technology of its kind in the United States was installed at Diagnostic Imaging Services this week. Housed at the DIS Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, the Hitachi Supria 16-slice CT system, approved by the FDA last month, combines the latest dose saving technologies in a compact design with enhanced patient access features to comfortably accommodate … Read More

MRI often valuable for evaluating ruptured breast implant

Breast implants are one of the more commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. More than 285,000 women received breast implants in 2014. Although it has been clearly demonstrated that ruptured implants do not cause harm, women should consider potential complications when making the personal decision to have breast implants. A ruptured breast implant is one such risk. … Read More

Computed Tomography: the latest upgrade in technology at DIS

Throughout 2015, Diagnostic Imaging Services has continued to invest in better technology in order to best service the medical community and general public with imaging exams that provide the information needed in order to arrive at a diagnosis. To our knowledge, no other independently-owned imaging organization in southeast Louisiana has invested more in our technical services, with Computed Tomography (CT) … Read More

Study: patients prefer familiarity over expertise when learning test results

Patients prefer to receive imaging exam results from their referring physician and not a radiologist, according to a study featured in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. The study , conducted by David M. Naeger, MD, and colleagues, looked at 617 anonymous surveys completed over a 4-week period by adult patients undergoing outpatient CT or MRI exams. Patients were … Read More

No contrast injection necessary for angiography performed with MRI

At Diagnostic Imaging Services, angiography exams are commonly ordered by physicians in order to closely examine the body’s blood vessels, utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In the  past and in many cases, a contrast was injected in order to complete the radiologic evaluation. Now, that injection is no longer necessary. Without the need for an injection, our MRA exams are approximately … 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

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

Five things women should remember…

If they hear the words, “you have breast cancer.” No doubt, a breast cancer diagnosis is scary. But it’s important to understand that women have more options than ever before and, when it comes to beating breast cancer, knowledge is power. The author, a medical physician, offers five things all women should remember. The good news is that in just … Read More

Major product improvement software release completed on the DIS high field open MRI

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that our Oasis high field open MRI has received a major product improvement software release — an improvement that only DIS has received within the state of Louisiana. The results are outstanding!   High resolution angiography studies done with MRI that produces stellar images of a patient’s arteries and veins — images that … Read More

Financial assistance for advanced prostate cancer patients

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a valuable resource for men and their families who are seeking financial assistance in their bout with prostate cancer. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. They lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support … Read More

CPT Codes: Why you NEED to know what they are

Diagnostic Imaging Services has long touted the encouragement for all people to inquire and know about the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) code that pertains to a medical exam, procedure or service that they are recommended to have. However, other national resources are also recommending this to people as healthcare consumers. You have the right to know this code and with … Read More

What do people think of their DIS visit?

While we know that despite our very best efforts, we will never be perfect. But, as the sports analogy goes, in trying to attain perfection, you can achieve excellence. In being an independently-owned outpatient imaging provider, Diagnostic Imaging Services wants the experience people have at one of our locations to be a memorable one — and for all the right reasons. … 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

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are … Read More

Like many — we have come a long way

 As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we thought we would share how far Diagnostic Imaging Services has come since late August 2005. Our clinics and administration areas suffered heavy damage due to the storm and its ensuing flooding and post-storm chaos. However, again, like many, we pulled together, persevered and did what we had to do collectively to … Read More

Another example of the higher cost of hospital imaging exams

Diagnostic Imaging Services received this copy from a woman who visited a New Orleans area hospital for an ultrasound of the abdomen. DIS performs two ultrasounds of the abdomen: CPT code 76700 abdominal complete CPT code 76705 abdominal limited As you can see from the image, the radiology charge from the hospital was $1,224.00. DIS performs CPT code 76700 with … Read More

Don’t believe “your insurance will pay for it”

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares the experience of one woman who wrote an October 2014 piece for Forbes magazine. As many discover — and DIS has warned — trying to find the TRUE cost of an imaging exam such as an MRI is much more time-consuming that it should be. Because of the convolution of prices that DIS refers to as … Read More