DIS recognizes National Health Center Week

Throughout the week of August 9-15, 2015, Community Health Centers across Louisiana will celebrate National Health Center Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “America’s Health Centers:  Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future.” This week-long observance allows Louisiana’s Community Health Centers the opportunity to raise awareness about the crucial role they play in our state’s healthcare system and showcase their facilities to … Read More

DIS sponsors Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast

Diagnostic Imaging Services participated in the 2015 New Orleans area American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast held on August 5 at the Audubon Tea Room. Hundreds of supporters, volunteers, staff and survivors came together to hear inspirational stories and to generate a new level of enthusiasm for this year’s event. The New Orleans Making Strides walk … Read More

What is a ganglioglioma?

A ganglioglioma is a rare type of brain tumor. Tumors are issues that grow more rapidly than normal. Gangliogliomas are types of brain tumors that are made of mixed groups of cells. A cell is the smallest, most basic unit of life, that is capable of existing by itself. Gangliogliomas are partly made of abnormal glial cells. Glial cells are … Read More

What is arthropathy?

Have you ever been told by a doctor or health care provider that you have arthropathy? Let’s make a little sense of this medical term. Arthropathy means any disease of the joints. A joint is a place where two bones contact each other. The main form of joint disease is arthritis, which is joint inflammation. There are different forms of arthritis … Read More

Consumers driving price transparency

In a healthcare journal article published, an analysis of data released from surveys indicate that consumers, as proactive patients, are more closely scrutinizing their health care bills and understanding the importance of costs as more often those costs are being assumed by consumers and therefore their responsibility to pay. The conclusion? “To compete in an increasingly consumer-centric business environment, healthcare … Read More

Attention all savers!

Diagnostic Imaging Services believes we will save people money on their imaging exams while providing the same, if not better, quality of care. How is that possible? Click on the picture to find out more.  

Why do we sometimes ask if you are diabetic or have kidney disease?

Some imaging exams, like CT or MRI scans, may require that you be given an injection of contrast medium into a vein. It is typically administered in your arm like when you have blood drawn, and it looks like IV fluid. Imaging is then taken of the area of concern. The contrast medium makes the vascular structures in your body … Read More

Have you spoken with your benefits value advisor?

Do you know if you have one? For many health insurance carriers, members (i.e. policy holders) can usually call or email an advisor that will assist in identifying benefits information, cost estimates and information on in-network providers for health care services. For services including surgeries, specialty procedures AND medical imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans, advisors can be … Read More

What are the differences in MRI exams of the spine?

For non-medical people wondering about specific Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams of the spine, it’s pretty simple: When examining the spine in the neck, that is an MRI of the cervical spine For a closer look at the spine in the upper back area, that is an MRI of the thoracic spine To acquire images of the lower spine and back, that is … Read More

What is the role of a radiologist within health care?

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis of disease through interpreting imaging exams. Many patients would be surprised to know that after they get an imaging study, there is a physician behind the scenes who carefully reviews all of their images, and uses the provided clinical history to form a diagnosis! Radiologists interpret radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, nuclear medicine exams, … Read More

When would my doctor recommend a ultrasound guided breast biopsy?

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous. A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells—either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from a suspicious … Read More

Even medical professionals may not understand healthcare pricing!

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a short story about the misunderstanding that even doctors have about healthcare pricing and costs for patients. Recently, two physicians told our staff that a local hospital was less expensive than DIS for a particular procedure — a procedure often not covered by insurance. When fully explained by DIS, the physicians didn’t understand that what they … Read More

Fusion/Image Merge studies added to DIS suite of services

Over the past few months, Diagnostic Imaging Services has performed numerous fusion/image merge studies. What does that mean exactly? Typically, DIS performs a nuclear medicine bone scan and a Computed Tomography (CT)  or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Then, through post processing via computer software, images from the nuclear medicine test and either the CT or MRI are merged together … Read More

Data shows large rise in list prices at hospitals

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report showing that list prices at hospitals across the United States have risen at a pace that outpaces inflation. Most people with health insurance, including those receiving Medicare, won’t ever a see a bill for the hospital’s list price because the insurer negotiates a lower rate. But these rising charges are a growing concern … Read More

The eye popping cost of cancer drugs

While Diagnostic Imaging Services is not an organization that provides oncology services, we do screen and perform exams on people who may receive a new diagnosis of cancer, a notification that a previous cancer has returned or is/has received treatment for cancer. For those people, this story from CBS news may ring very true. For those who have not themselves … Read More

When a breast MRI is recommended

A question a woman may first ask when her physician recommends a breast MRI is “why?” It’s a perfectly natural, and encouraged question to ask as it is her body and her health. The exact role of Breast MRI in evaluation of possible breast cancer remains controversial and a subject of active research and refinement. In certain patients and in … Read More

Pelvic and obstetrical ultrasounds: why do we make you have a full bladder?

I am sure that most women out there have had the pleasure of experiencing an extremely full bladder during a pelvic or obstetrical ultrasound examination!  The usual question that we get regarding this is “why do you need to torture us with an overly full bladder while you press on our pelvis making it worse?” Well, there are two very … 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

A 128 percent difference for the same imaging exams

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information comparing exam prices taken directly from a 2015 hospital invoice and the shocking difference between hospital prices and those from DIS. Exam CPT Code New Orleans Hospital DIS CT cervical spine without contrast 72125 $3,102 $1,109 Nuclear Medicine bone SPECT 78320 $931 $820 X-ray cervical spine 5 view 72050 $765 $180 Total Price: $4,805 $2,109 … Read More

Fewer men get prostate PSA cancer test

Fewer American men are receiving prostate cancer screening in the wake of a national panel’s conclusion that the test does men more harm than good, a new study finds. What’s more, primary care doctors appear to have broadly accepted the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) ruling that the harms of prostate screening outweigh the benefits, according to a second … 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

Does diet affect the risk of developing breast cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “A healthy diet can also help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for getting breast cancer. What’s less clear is the link between breast cancer risk and any one food type. Many studies about foods and breast cancer risk have had different results, but no … Read More

Medical scans and radiation: be informed and know before you go

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a Reuters news story about medical scans. This topic is visited nearly annually, discussing the “increased risks” of getting scans that involve ionizing radiation, such as x-rays or Computed Tomography (CT) scans. The important point is this. The medical community needs to, and has in our opinion, been much better at understanding the appropriate use of imaging … 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

Prices for over 70 medical procedures are now online

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. But an online tool that went live in February is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and … 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

Hmmmm… interesting

Recently, a person living in the greater New Orleans area used our online appointment request tool to send us an email to have us contact her to schedule an ultrasound. The interesting thing? This person works for a local hospital. Even hospital employees know the advantages of visiting Diagnostic Imaging Services. Say YES. Spend LESS.

Ultrasound — it’s just not for pregnant women!

Has your doctor prescribed and ultrasound and you are wondering what it is? Do you think the only time ultrasound is used is during pregnancy? According to the Mayo Clinic, “an ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of the structure within your body.” Ultrasound is non-invasive and provides valuable information … Read More

The fee for not having health insurance “soars” in 2015

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report on the significant increase in the penalty that will be levied on those people who do not have health insurance. According to the report, the maximum penalty per family in 2014 looks like a bargain now at $285, a hike of nearly 250%. The fee will continue to get stiffer in 2015 when it … Read More

DIS Metairie Breast MRI received three-year ACR accreditation renewal

Diagnostic Imaging Services has announced that our breast MRI service in Metairie has been awarded another three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lead by a DIS MRI technologist, Brandi, DIS met or exceeded standards set by the ACR for quality, patient safety, reporting, technology and expertise. DIS performs breast MRI in Metairie on our high field open … Read More

What are the reasons for a physician to recommend a breast MRI?

Guidelines from the American Cancer Society do include screening MRI with mammography for certain high-risk women. This option should be considered for the following: Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation (BRCA1 is a gene, which, when altered, indicates an inherited susceptibility to cancer. BRCA2 is a gene, which, when altered, indicates an inherited susceptibility to breast and/or ovarian cancer.) Women … Read More

More information available about nuclear medicine studies completed at DIS

Say YES and spend LESS at DIS.Diagnostic Imaging Services has improved our website’s information and content regarding nuclear medicine. Medical imaging has transformed the way physicians are able to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of diseases. Moving beyond static anatomical images of the organs that only show structure, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging give physicians access to unique information … Read More

What types of ultrasound exams does DIS perform?

Many people who hear the term “ultrasound” likely picture a pregnant woman in her doctor’s office getting a sneak peek of the baby growing inside her womb — perhaps even finding out whether she should paint the nursery pink or blue. But while fetal imaging is one of the most common uses of ultrasounds, this diagnostic tool actually has many … Read More

Why is 3D mammography offered at DIS?

With the introduction of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, many questions are being asked about the advantages 3D offer to certain women over conventional mammograms. Here is a brief list of those points: 3D mammography is cited as most appropriate for women with dense breasts, breast cancer survivors, women with a family history … Read More

What’s a more attractive price: $1,955 or $758?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a comparison of the charge for an imaging exam at a local area hospital, as compared to what the list price would be had the exam been done at DIS. Below is the actual invoice received. This charge is before the application of any insurance discounts, based on the agreement with the insurance company. This exam … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services now provides the latest in high tech mammography

Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has become the first organization of its kind to offer tomosynthesis (3D mammography). Women who undergo routine mammograms at the DIS Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center now have the option to utilize the latest diagnostic technology available to them, digital … Read More

New technology alternatives to prostate biopsy

Prostate biopsy does answer the question as to whether or not cancer is present. However, the question has arisen as to if there is an alternative. Until recently, there was not. New studies, including multi-parametric MRI, can find prostate cancer with very high accuracy. Diagnostic Imaging Services performs 3T multi-parametric MRI and combines it with a digital imaging system to … Read More

What is the advantage of a PET scan?

When it is done appropriately, the advantage of a PET (positron emission tomography) exam is that it can better guide the management of a patient. Often, it is a challenge to communicate that message. A short video talks plainly about how can assist a patient, their doctor and their insurance provider. PET exams are performed by Diagnostic Imaging Services at … Read More

People love coming to DIS!

DIS regularly surveys people who visit us for their imaging exam needs, in order for us to make sure we are delivering on our promise of a warm welcome, pleasant experience and sincere thank you. We also want to give people the opportunity to tell us what they think and where we can improve. Here’s a sampling of what people, … Read More

Why say YES to DIS?

Five centers, more than any other New Orleans area outpatient imaging organization. Exam prices that are far less than southeast Louisiana hospital imaging centers. Flexible payment terms and options for those with costs not covered by insurance. Self-pay pricing for people without health insurance coverage. Home of the patient-friendly open MRI, the best solution for those who are claustrophobic. Bottom … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services participates in National Walk@Lunch Day™

New Orleans, LA – On April 24, 2013, employees of Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) will take a big step toward better health, joining walkers across the country in the seventh annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Last year, tens of thousands of walkers participated in events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. National Walk @ … 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

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

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