The Skyra’s the limit

Would you be interested in having your MRI in a 3T ultra-high field system (a system most often demanded by medical subspecialists) in which the MRI’s shorter design (five feet, eight inches long) means that most exams can be done with your head OUTSIDE the system? If your answer is a resounding “YES!”, then Diagnostic Imaging Services has the solution … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services awarded Seal of Business Excellence

The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) recognizes members who make a special commitment to business excellence, the values of RBMA and to advancing the business of radiology. The Business Excellence Program recognizes members who demonstrate a commitment to quality at the highest level. Diagnostic Imaging Services has been awarded the Seal of RBMA Business Excellence. By receiving this high honor, … Read More

Why are MRI scanners so loud?

Why do MRI machines make so much noise?  This is actually a very common question. Noises associated with MRI machines have been compared to jackhammers, clanking, banging, and industrial noises. You should be aware that these noises are normal and are not an indication that anything is wrong with the machine, but rather an indication that the machine is doing … Read More

Research: hospital outpatient prices much higher for identical services

According to research published by the National Institute for Health Care Reform, average hospital outpatient department prices for common imaging, colonoscopy and laboratory service can be DOUBLE THE PRICE for identical services provided in a physician’s office or other community-based setting, such as an independent provider, i.e. Diagnostic Imaging Services. Using private insurance claims data for nearly 600,000 active and … Read More

I can’t fight this feeling

If you have ever felt nervous, anxious or on edge when in tight spaces such as an elevator, closet or even a small car, chances are you show signs of clinical claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is defined as “a fear of being in closed or small spaces” and “an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or … Read More

Cost vs. Convenience — what if you could have both?

Diagnostic Imaging Services asks the question, “cost versus convenience — what if you could have both?” Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. If you have ever had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, you are well aware of the expense involved. However, choosing to get … Read More

What was one physician’s impression of a DIS radiology report?

When a screening or diagnostic test is done, there are three components involved: In this case, the person underwent a Computed Tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen and pelvis without the use of a contrast dye. This is a fairly common exam Diagnostic Imaging Services performs at our centers offering this imaging technology. The person is a 69-year-old male with … Read More

Patient: “I see no reason to pay three times the price”

As Diagnostic Imaging Services helps more and more people save significant amounts of money on healthcare, we wanted to share insight from a person who recently contacted us to compare our fee for a test with the fee of a local hospital. We were not surprised at the results. This person received a recommendation to have an MRI of their … Read More

Why does an MRI cost so darn much (at a hospital)?

When it comes to pricey hospital procedures, MRI exams come to mind. Sure enough, according to recently released Medicare pricing data analyzed by NerdWallet Health, the average cost of an MRI in the U.S. is $2,611. Here’s what’s behind that number. Diagnostic Imaging Services is independently-owned, meaning our outpatient imaging services have prices that are far below area hospitals and their imaging affiliates. Lower … Read More

“Extremely claustrophobic” MRI success story at DIS

For some of the population, confined spaces such as a crowded elevator or entering a small closet can create anxious, nervous or even terrified feelings. Recently, a woman chose Diagnostic Imaging Services for her MRI exam. After her visit was completed, she reached back out to us with the following: “I am writing in relation to our conversation regarding my … Read More

What is facet arthropathy?

It’s fairly common for a radiology report received by a physician, who sent a patient to Diagnostic Imaging Services for an exam due to back pain or discomfort, to have the report include the phrase “facet arthropathy.” What is that? The facet joints connect the vertebral bodies to one another, and like the hip and the knee, they can also … Read More

Independent imaging: what’s in it for me?

Many people do not realize that there is a choice when you are told by your medical provider that you need an imaging exam, from an ultrasound to a PET/CT study. There are really three main choices: The hospital imaging center An imaging center owned by the hospital An independent imaging center First, let’s clarify. What does it mean by independent? … Read More

Do you want to know eleven ideas for lowering your healthcare costs?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that offers numerous ideas for lowering healthcare costs. Health care costs have been rising much faster than other living expenses.  Understanding how the health care system works can give you an advantage when it comes to lowering your expenses. The fourth idea listed in this article? “Investigate independent facilities.  Independent facilities are usually cheaper, … Read More

They would not (or could not) tell you how much it would cost???

We share a question that was posed online in a health-related forum: “I just got an MRI (with contrast die) of my brain and my inner ear, what will it probably cost me? The procedure required two MRI technicians, 1 RN, and two Medical Doctors — time under the machine was 1 1/2 hours. — The Office manager would not tell … Read More

Another person saves money on an MRI exam by choosing DIS

Just like a recent savings example we shared, we think the image to the right is exactly how the man felt when he was told by a DIS revenue cycle management associate that with his health insurance coverage and deductible, we were going to save him over 20% on an MRI exam. Unfortunately, his physician referred him to a local … Read More

The risk factors of prostate cancer

Researchers do not know the exact cause of prostate cancer, but have found that men with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the disease. Risk factors to consider include age, family history, race and diet. Age: In men younger than 45, prostate cancer is rare, but the chance of getting it goes up significantly as they get older. The … Read More

Prostate Cancer: the role MRI plays in the evaluation process

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The public’s understanding of the disease is increasing, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated prostate cancer information throughout the year. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and is a leading cause of cancer death in men, second only to lung cancer. … Read More

We just saved someone over $600 on an MRI exam

Hey, we think the image to the right is exactly how the man felt when he was told by a DIS revenue cycle management associate that with his health insurance coverage and deductible, we were going to save him several hundred dollars on an MRI exam. Unfortunately, his physician referred him to a local hospital. Upon conferring with the hospital, … Read More

Low cost MRI: do you choose the hospital or an independent clinic?

That’s the headline of an article published by a firm that is dedicated to providing information on imaging diagnostics at a more affordable, low cost. While the firm centers around the west and southwest United States, its mission theme resonates throughout the entire country. According to the article, the author offers three common reasons for much higher imaging exam prices … Read More

What is ankle joint effusion?

The condition in which the accumulation of the fluid takes place in the joint of the ankle is termed as ankle effusion. The presence of this effusion causes swelling and pain, and may lead to serious complications. Joint effusion can not only affect the ankle, but other joints in the human body. This includes the elbow, hip and knee. Most … Read More

What is facet arthrosis?

Each vertebra in the spinal column has a pair of facet joints, which acts as a flexible multi-directional hinge. The facet joints are located on the spine’s posterior column, or the rear of our backs. Facet arthrosis is a degenerative spinal condition like arthritis in which bony enlargements, called osteophytes or bone spurs, grow and enlarge the facet joints. Facet … Read More

How did a DIS employee handle an MRI scan?

This week, I underwent an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam that was performed in our 3T MRI scanner that was recently brought into the Diagnostic Imaging Services – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. As someone who has gone through MRI tests either as a “test patient” or in this case, an actual patient study, I wanted to give a few tips … Read More

Here we grow again: additional 3T MRI now in Metairie

Diagnostic Imaging Services made a commitment several years ago to continue to invest in technology and imaging capabilities that brought better opportunities for improved diagnostic results for physicians, medical providers and the public we serve. To that end, DIS has now installed a second 3T (T=Tesla) MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. Our … Read More

Aspirin to one day treat Alzheimer’s disease?

By the year 2050, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 14 million people. The dramatic rise in 2050 is expected to cost American society $1 trillion in today’s dollars. $1 trillion would include a nearly FIVE-FOLD increase in government spending in Medicare and Medicaid. In 2016, one in every five Medicare dollars was … Read More

Why a prostate exam with 3T MRI and Computer Aided Detection is best

Because the prostate is a small organ located deep in the pelvis, traditional imaging methods have not been very successful in detecting prostate cancer. However, utilizing new generation 3T MRI scanners and special parameters with interpretation of images by an experienced radiologist, greater than 97% accuracy can now be achieved in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer or excluding significant cancer. … Read More

Rotator cuff injuries often diagnosed with MRI

Ahhh…fall is soon here. This season means football, exercise and …shoulder injuries? That’s right, shoulder injuries. While this sport uses different muscles, they all involve repetitive use of the shoulder that can lead to potential shoulder instability (when the shoulder joint is loose and slides around too much in the socket). This repetitive motion can cause the shoulder ligaments to … 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

Simply the best

Today, City Business Magazine released the results of their “best of” issue covering many different business and service sectors throughout the greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana areas. One area was medical imaging. We are proud to announce that Diagnostic Imaging Services has been named WINNER as the BEST diagnostic imaging center over all others that are hospital, hospital-owned or … 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

The sounds of MRI

Those of us who work at Diagnostic Imaging Services are often asked by people, particularly those who have never had an MRI before, “I’ve heard that lots of different sounds are made by the machine. Is that true?” Yes, that is true. The sounds are made by the banging is the vibration of metal coils in the machine caused by … Read More

Pipe up to your doctor, pick up the phone and shop around

That’s not advice coming from Diagnostic Imaging Services. Of course, we fully endorse it and have recommended these courses of action for years. People must stop being passive patients and become engaged as a active consumer. This advice comes from a myriad of sources, from reporters who cover investigative stories on healthcare prices to national organizations who recommend ways for … Read More

What is radiculopathy?

If anyone has ever heard of this term in their discussion with their physician or health care provider, or has been examined/treated by a neurologist, Diagnostic Imaging Services would like to shed some light on what this condition is about. Radiculopathy is a disorder or disease of nerve roots that enter or leave the spine. Nerve roots are the lowest part … 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 3T?

Diagnostic Imaging Services offers some reasons that work to answer the question, “why would a doctor specify an MRI on a 3T scanner?” The increased magnet strength gives us many benefits at no additional expense. 3T MRI is an advanced scanner, producing clearer images, and more accurate diagnoses. 3T MRI helps doctors see abnormalities on very small scales, allowing for … Read More

Another example of hospital imaging exam “sticker shock”

Even though this is not a story from our area, it still holds relevance not only in the greater New Orleans area, but in the state of Louisiana and the entire country. This story is from a public radio news reporter in Boston, Massachusetts who needed to undergo an MRI. The reporter did call to do some price comparisons and … Read More

You better shop around…

That’s the recommendation in a blog post regarding prices for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams. Whether you have health insurance that included a deductible — and often those deductibles extend into the thousands of dollars — or if you uninsured, an exam cost can be daunting for most. However, by being smart and comparing prices (and yes, it will take … Read More

Research: Breast MRI twice a year best for young women at high risk

For young women with a high genetic risk of breast cancer, twice-yearly MRI exams are more effective for detecting early disease than an annual mammogram, according to new research presented at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) in Texas. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Washington in Seattle found that an intensive surveillance protocol … Read More

What is a Pars fracture?

Recently, a person visited Diagnostic Imaging Services due to experiencing low back and right leg pain. They also had a previous medical history of lumbar spine surgery. In this instance, the medical provider recommended a Computerized Tomography (CT) scan that was part of a nuclear medicine Image Merge study in which the two imaging techniques, CT and nuclear medicine, were … Read More

Breast MRI: an important piece of the imaging puzzle

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares information about an advanced imaging exam we perform as part of our portfolio of women’s imaging services: breast MRI. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool that has many important uses, including:   Screening in women at high risk for breast cancer. Determining the extent … Read More

Opening up clear communication channels for radiology patients and the public

Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of Diagnostic Imaging Services, Michael Holmes, was profiled in the September 2017 issue of New Orleans Living magazine. Michael provided excellent insight into not only the world of radiology, but also healthcare, offering advice that can be quite valuable to the general public. Being vigilant and your own advocate for your healthcare dollar spending has … Read More

What is a PI-RADS score?

The tremendous interest in 3T multiparametric MRI (mpMRI), not only here in the U.S. but around the world, brought with it the challenge of how to standardize the reporting of prostate image analysis among radiologists around the globe. The European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) proposed a numeric system called the Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System, or PI-RADS, for … Read More

What an MRI identifies for confirming and monitoring multiple sclerosis

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) imaging of the brain and spinal cord is the most common diagnostic tool to confirm the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and to monitor disease activity. MRI scans reveal abnormalities in the majority (90% to 95%) of people with MS. Although brain lesions are more common than spinal cord lesions, imaging of both brain and spinal cord … Read More

Four money saving questions to ask every medical service provider

If you want information about saving money DIRECTLY from a person who works in the health care field, this presentation is for you! It really isn’t that difficult. There are a few key words she gives to guide you to where you want to be. In this example, she would have been able to get the CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) … Read More

The difference between CT and MRI

CT (Computed Tomography) scans and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) 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 and MRI scans. CT uses x-ray technology to produce diagnostic images. These x-rays require a small dose of ionizing radiation. The CT … Read More

Health insurance company begins shopper program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is rolling out a shopper program that “allows members to choose, based on quality and cost, the diagnostic imaging facility where their services are rendered.” Beginning July 1, 2017, the AIM Specialty Care Shopper program will be introduced to their individual Preferred Care PPO and HMO Louisiana, Inc. members for Magnetic Resonance Imaging … Read More

Ankle break or a sprain: which is it?

Every year in the U.S., more than one million people visit the emergency room with ankle injuries. Of these, the majority are sprains and fractures, and in many cases, it can be hard to tell the difference. While a fracture refers to a break in one or more of the ankle bones, a sprained ankle refers to damage to the … Read More