What is disc dessication?

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

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

Screening mammogram special: take advantage during the month of October

Don’t put off what you can today. Find out nine reasons to choose to undergo a breast cancer screening mammogram. Diagnostic Imaging Services performs screening and diagnostic mammograms at all four of our locations. These locations also offer the 3D breast tomosynthesis option. During the month of October, DIS offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price … 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

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

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

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

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

Diagnostic Imaging Services earns ACR accreditation in Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

The Diagnostic Imaging Services’ Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A breast biopsy is performed to remove tissue— either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle from a suspicious … 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

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

What is BI-RADS?

BI–RADS stands for Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System and was established by the American College of Radiology. BI-RADS is a system that was developed by radiologists for reporting mammogram results using a common language. The radiologist assigns a single digit BI-RADS score (ranging from 0 to 5) when the report of your mammogram is created. What does BI-RADS 0 … Read More

Medicare and Managed Medicare health insurance now cover 3D mammography

Women with Medicare and Managed Medicare plans (i.e. Humana Gold, Choices 65, etc.) can choose the 3D mammography option for their screening without any additional fees. For nearly four years, these plans also cover 3D in addition to the traditional portion of their mammogram. 3D mammography is also known as breast tomosynthesis. There are several additional health insurance plan types … Read More

How to perform a self breast exam

Many times, women will ask our technologists at our various DIS centers on the proper way to conduct a breast self-examination. While there are numerous pieces of literature available, as well as many online resources, here is a step-by-step guide we like to recommend. Of course, your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider can also recommend the best … Read More

New research shows 3D mammography helps in accuracy of detecting breast cancer

In a healthcare journal article published in 2017,  more and more clinical evidence indicates that using 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), for breast cancer screening reduces recall rates and increases the detection of invasive cancers. Now another benefit of the technology is coming to the forefront: Adding DBT to digital mammography helps radiologists categorize lesions more accurately. … Read More

Your first mammogram: what to expect

Going through something the first time is usually when it cause the most concern, worry and anxiousness, particularly as it applies to breasts cancer screening. Here is some information we would like to provide to hopefully put women who are having their very first mammogram at ease. How do you prepare for a screening mammogram? Here are a couple of things that … 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

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

What is breast cyst aspiration?

A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac, like a tiny balloon, inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They can cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancer). In breast cyst aspiration, your doctor uses a small needle to make sure that the breast lump is a cyst, and to drain fluid from the cyst. … 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

Diagnostic Imaging Services to participate in Cancer Awareness Night

Diagnostic Imaging Services and its associates are participating in the upcoming June 15, 2018 New Orleans Babycakes Cancer Awareness Night occurring at the Shrine on Airline in Metairie. The ‘Cakes will take on the Fresno Grizzles with fireworks following the game. It’s an evening geared for family fun. And who can resist a fireworks show! The night will celebrate cancer … Read More

DIS offers a price transparency edge over area hospitals

More and more people who are recommended to have an imaging exam are demanding to know the cost of procedures up front — cost being what they potentially might have to pay after the calculation of an exam’s list price and insurance discounts. After all, with both high co-pay and high deductible health plans, they now bear more responsibility for a … Read More

Osteoporosis Awareness: bone density scans detect low bone mass

May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for an estimated 54 million Americans. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men over age 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bone that makes a person’s bones weak and more … Read More

Who are the best candidates?

Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “So, who are the best candidates to take advantages of cutting-edge 3D mammography technology? 3D mammography is especially recommended for women with dense breasts., With conventional mammography, the images of dense breasts don’t always show us everything radiologists need to see. It is particularly beneficial for patients who are at high risk for breast … Read More

High quality and lower cost. Yes, it’s possible in health care.

A few months ago, many of you have started the year with a new healthcare plan. Many more individuals who chose their employer’s health insurance plan faced high (or higher) deductibles. For many, this means a higher health insurance deductible than you have ever had before. Did you know that even in the medical field, different service providers charge different … Read More