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

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare, but very serious condition affecting body areas such as the spine. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) defines this syndrome as “occurring when the nerve roots of the cauda equina are compressed and disrupt motor and sensory function to the lower extremities and bladder.” Patients need to be treated quickly as Cauda Equina … Read More

What is a mammogram standing order?

This question is often asked of a woman contacting Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) 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? Defining a standing orderSimply, if a health care provider … 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 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 even … 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

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

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

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

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) 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 … 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

Why a doctor would order a CT of the abdomen and pelvis

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) answers the question, “Why would a doctor recommend a CT of the abdomen and pelvis?” This type of Computed Tomography (CT) scan is typically used to help diagnose the cause of abdominal or pelvic pain and diseases of the internal organs, small bowel and colon. According to the American College of Radiology, possible diagnoses include: infections … Read More

The reasons why bone scans may be deemed appropriate and necessary

What are bone scans? These tests can reveal problems in the bones caused by infection, trauma, cancer or unexplained bone pain. Bone scans are more sensitive than x-rays and can typically identify problems days or months earlier than x-rays can. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may order bone scans if they suspect one of the following medical conditions: Arthritis Avascular … Read More

The financial benefit to CT colonography

People who have undergone or have been recommended to undergo an optical colonoscopy may receive up to four bills for the facility, doctor, anesthesiology, and pathology (if a polyp was removed for analysis). Even though the actual exam itself is covered in full by health insurance as part of the Affordable Care Act, other aspects of the screening exam are … Read More

The hospital charge was 10 times higher for a CT scan

For many years, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has proclaimed that our screening and diagnostic testing are performed at fees, both list charges and potential costs that a person may have to pay as a result of their health insurance coverage, that are far below area hospitals and medical centers. Many people have saved money as a result of choosing DIS, … Read More

The first to offer ultra low dose CT in Louisiana

A Computed Tomography, 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 radiologists 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 … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services went red for women

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) participated in the National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 5, 2021. Every year, the first Friday of February has been dedicated to National Wear Red Day as an awareness day for American women to understand their number one health threat – heart disease. DIS joined our affiliate partners at Capitol Imaging Services in observing National … Read More

CPT Codes and why you need to know what they are

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has long touted the encouragement for 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

Dance the night away: just not during an MRI

FREEZE! Hold still during your Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. Did you know that even the slightest movement during your exam can compromise your MRI picture? Motion can affect nearly every modality of radiology, but none so much as MRI. This is because the machine is taking images of your body in such detail, that when a patient moves even … Read More

Exposing the myths and urban legends surrounding what causes breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) shares a news story that “exposes the myths, urban legends, and old wives’ tales surrounding what causes breast cancer.” Note that one of the myths is having a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. Yes, you’ll be exposed to radiation during a mammogram, but the amount from this screening test is negligible. Meanwhile, multiple studies have shown that … Read More

What would you call a mammogram that detects 41% more invasive cancer?

If you’re a woman whose cancer might have been missed, you’d call it “Genius” 3D Mammography. In a survey of 500 US women, the most important mammogram characteristic to them found was: “uses technology that is proven to detect cancer early.” Since 2011, over 8 million women have benefited from the first clinically proven, superior 3D mammography approved by the … 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

Screening mammogram special: take advantage during the month of October

During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid October 1 – October 31, 2020. Our Women’s Center in Metairie will be open each Saturday during October to offer weekend screenings. DIS also offers a $75 price special during October for DEXA bone density exams. DEXA screens for indications … Read More

Don’t ignore possible symptoms of prostate cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article that identifies five symptoms that should not be ignored and should be brought to the attention of a man’s medical provider. Often times, men have the most difficult time in bringing themselves to a medical professional for health care. They simply put it off, claim they don’t have time for it or that it … Read More

Lung cancer growth rates differ by gender

Lung cancers in men and women grow at sufficiently different rates that radiologists should consider managing them differently depending on the patient’s sex, according to a presentation at a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting. Diagnostic Imaging Services launched our Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT) program in 2015, using the imaging technique to identify lung nodules, some of which … Read More

What is disc desiccation?

In some radiology test results for a diagnostic exam such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine (i.e. the lower back), one condition that may be diagnosed and reported on by the radiologist is what is known as disc dessication. Image copyright: www.hubpages.com Disc dessication can be very painful. In short, disc dessication is fluid loss in the … Read More

What is deep vein thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been defined as a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot is a clump of blood that’s turned to a solid state. Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas … Read More

March is designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month

As part of national health observances that are spread out throughout the year, the month of March has been designated as Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths each year. But thanks to increased colon cancer awareness efforts, the death rate has been dropping steadily since the 1980s. Screening for colon and colorectal cancer … Read More

CT screenings can cut lung cancer deaths according to study

According to a new study conducted in the Netherlands and published in the January 2020 New England Journal of Medicine, annual Computed Tomography (CT) screenings of former and current long-time smokers have been proven to reduce deaths from lung cancer. Dr. Debra Dyer, a spokeswoman for the American College of Radiology and chair of radiology at National Jewish Health in … Read More

What is the difference between MRI and MRA?

The difference between an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and an MRA is that an MRA is used specifically to examine blood vessels. An MRI is performed to examine other parts of the body including the abdomen, chest, pelvis and internal organs. If you or someone you love has suffered from a blood clot, stroke, heart disease, or similar health problem, a doctor … Read More

American Cancer cancer statistics: a drop in cancer death rates by 29%

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud of our continued support of the American Cancer Society of New Orleans. While we know dollars work locally, they also contribute to the ongoing fight against cancer in regional and national scopes, including research, housing, transportation and more. We share this recent message from Gary M. Reedy of the American Cancer Society regarding their news … Read More

Health insurance terms explained

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a very informative article that “simply” explains terms we hear or come across in regards to our health insurance.Insurance can be confusing and sometimes frustrating thing to understand, and often people throw up their hands in frustration. Use this article to become a bit better informed. The DIS Patient Financial Services (PFS) department is staffed with experienced, … Read More

Colon cancer screening rates surge with younger start age

In a recent radiology industry journal article, participation has more than doubled in colorectal cancer screening exams — including CT colonography — among individuals in their 40s, according to an article published online on December 18 in Cancer. The growth has occurred since various cancer societies recommended lowering the age to begin screening from 50 to 45 in early 2018. … Read More

X-rays effective as diagnostic tool for knee pain in patients over 40

Knee pain is common among Americans age 40 and up. Nearly 1 in 17 people visit doctor offices each year for knee pain or injuries fro osteoarthritis – a progressive “wear and tear” diseases of the joints. Those odds increase as the U.S. population continues to age and becomes even more overweight. While an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam is … 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

What can you do to be prepared for your imaging exam?

Screening and diagnostic testing has become a very important component in health care, thanks to the advances in technology and how test results often dictate a diagnosis or treatment of various conditions and diseases. Testing can cause confusion and anxiety in a number of people. Much of the time, it is because of the “fear of the unknown.” The better … 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

Learn more about breast ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Services provides information about an exam commonly performed as part of our women’s imaging portfolio: breast ultrasound. Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. During a breast ultrasound examination the sonographer performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any … 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

The difference in mammogram types?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “what is the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?” While screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms, diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue. … 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 mammogram 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

A continued increasing role for MRI in prostate cancer

Much attention paid to multiparametric prostate MRI (mp-MRI) has focused on its ability to improve prostate cancer detection and diagnosis. However, prostate MRI has the potential to improve other aspects of prostate cancer care. Beyond guiding biopsy needles, prostate MRI can also aid prostate cancer staging, inform treatment planning and to monitor patients following treatment. At Diagnostic Imaging Services, our … Read More

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

One in every seven of our fathers, husbands, brothers or sons will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. One in 36 will die of this disease. Prostate cancer is a formidable opponent. Second only to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men in the U.S. In 2011, the most recent year on record, … Read More

Breast cancer: symptoms and treatment

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an informative three-minute presentation on the most common form of cancer in women. In this video, an explanation of what cancer is and how it can develop in the breasts is provided. A description of different symptoms that are possible signs for breast cancer and the risk factors associated with this disease are also included. DIS offers an extensive … 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

DIS Women’s Center awarded Breast Center of Excellence designation

The Diagnostic Imaging Services Women’s Center, part of our Metairie Women’s and Advanced Imaging facility, has been awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). According to the ACR, “The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all … Read More

The bigger the hospital the higher the prices

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an opinion regarding hospital health care costs and sharing one particular reason: “Doctors are fleeing private practices for the security of hospitals, and the exodus will be a disaster for U.S. health care. The bigger hospitals get, the more they can jack up their prices—up to 44 percent higher according to one estimate.” DIS is an … 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 the difference between outpatient vs. hospital-based medical imaging?

That’s a common question asked by both people who are patients themselves and medical providers such as physicians, podiatrists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The prevailing attitude is that there is no difference so it doesn’t matter where you go for your MRI, CT or ultrasound. That simply is not true. It can make a BIG difference when a person … Read More