The advantage of the DIS open MRI for those with claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is a disorder characterized by the marked, persistent and excessive fear of enclosed spaces. In such affected individuals, exposure to an enclosed space such as that found with certain MRI systems, almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response that in it’s most extreme form is indistinguishable from the panic attack described above. Open MRIs were initially designed for claustrophobic … Read More

DIS Marrero receives continued accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging Services’ facility in Marrero received a renewal in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR), The ACR’s MRI Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MR safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. All providers that bill for MRI under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must … Read More

GMA anchor Amy Robach diagnosed with breast cancer

In the midst of receiving disheartening news about her cancer diagnosis, Amy Robach’s spirits are still high. The ABC News talent revealed in an open letter over the weekend that her cancer has spread, but thankfully the doctors tell her that her prognosis is good. Read more: http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/25/amy-robach-on-cancer-diagnosis-prognosis-is-good/

People let us know what they thought of their first experience visiting DIS

Often times, the very first visit to a place you’ve never been to before can be a nerve-wracking experience. You’re not familiar with the surroundings, the people who work there or perhaps even how to find its location. DIS shares comments received from those who came to one of our facilities for the very first time. Their visit was in … Read More

Steps to take to prevent prostate cancer

It’s one of those weird anatomical-arboreal coincidences: The human prostate is about the size and shape of a walnut. But what if it really were a walnut? For one thing, you’d never get prostate cancer. Which sounds great, until you realize that you could get “walnut curculio” or “walnut-husk maggot” instead. Better to deal with the devil you know. And … Read More

What did people think of their DIS visit in August?

I was out of town on the day of my tests and was going to be 30 minutes late for my appointment. I called and the staff couldn’t have been nicer.  They told me to take my time and be careful.  Thank you! Everyone is so polite and nice.  They put you at ease every time. They are very professional. … Read More

Innovative, highly-trained radiology group named exclusive provider for DIS

September 2, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – With top priorities being first-rate patient care and positive experiences, Reliant Radiology, LLC (Reliant) has entered into an agreement to be the exclusive provider of radiology services to Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). Led by Drs. Louis Schruff and Brad Shore, Reliant has formed an innovative and progressive group of physicians who offer numerous radiology … Read More

I am a cancer survivor — Dr. Drew Pinsky

This is the story as told by Dr. Drew Pinsky, a national television celebrity who is also a board-certified internal medicine physician. As you will read, while many of us were celebrating the fourth of July holiday, he was home — recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Prostate cancer is a stealth disease. It rarely announces its presence. It can simmer … Read More

The word is spreading about the new advanced prostate 3T MRI program at DIS

How well received is the new advanced prostate 3T MRI program from DIS? A man recently volunteered himself to be a test patient as part of our prostate 3T MRI program launch. He recently had an appointment to visit a New Orleans area urologist.  This appointment included an ultrasound exam, most likely an exam in which a biopsy would take … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches advanced Prostate MRI program

August 12, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – A new cutting-edge prostate digital imaging system has been incorporated with a leading-edge 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system at a freestanding independent outpatient imaging center in Metairie, LA. The result? The creation of an advanced prostate MRI program that is truly unique to the greater New Orleans area, state of Louisiana … Read More

Learn more about MRCP

Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. Physicians use MRCP to: examine diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. These may include tumors, stones, inflammation or infection. evaluate patients … Read More

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What do people visiting DIS for the first time think of their experience?

Here are comments from people who came to DIS in May and June for the very first time, describing their overall experience: Everything was great. I will definitely return, if I have to have any further testing. I have had plenty of CT scans and this was the best yet.  Thank you. I was very nervous about getting an MRI … Read More

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

Here is a brief excerpt from an answer to the question posed above, provided by Paul Christo, M.D., Director, Pain Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a useful tool in evaluating the spine. An MRI is non-invasive, does not use radiation, and provides good visualization of the spinal ligaments, a herniated … Read More

Wait three weeks for an MRI? Just say no!

DIS was contacted by a person on Friday, May 24, 2013 via our online appointment request form, in order to schedule an MRI. The reason? In their own words, “I need to have my MRI done next week, and the last time I had to wait three weeks, mainly because the doctor sent to an MRI center where he had … Read More

Scientists Locate Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Researchers trying to find the key to a mysterious group of digestive ailments have located a number of biomarkers for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their discovery could lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention for individuals still asymptomatic. A team of scientists from the University of Cincinnati analyzed data from the Department of Defense Serum Repository (DoDSR), a collection of biological information, according to ScienceDaily. Its … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches 3T MRI service

May 15, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – Being the imaging provider with the strongest truly open architecture magnet in Louisiana has become even more distinct with the installation of a cutting-edge 3T MRI system. This combination creates the only facility in the greater New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana area with ultra high field and a non claustrophobic MRI with a 1.2T … Read More

The only accredited facility in the Metairie-Kenner area for Breast MRI

In the area of women’s health, there are times when a physician will recommend a woman having a breast MRI. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a … Read More

What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?

In the article, “What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?”, the author suggests the following results: As costs keep rising, and more and more people decide “I’m not going to take it anymore,” more of us will start asking “What are my options?” As word gets out that prices vary this much, it’s going to get … 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

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

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. 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

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