When is it appropriate to shop for healthcare services?

Much is spoken about, written about and bantered about in regard to people becoming much more engaged with healthcare services that they may need. Services have a wide and varied range from lab work to therapy to surgeries. Within that range, of course, is medical imaging. Medical imaging is an important cog in healthcare due to its screening and diagnostic capabilities … Read More

DIS issues the mannequin challenge: for MRI patients

Like the current craze going on for the mannequin challenge, Diagnostic Imaging Services issues this same challenge every day to people who visit us for their recommended Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. Often times, people undergo more than one MRI in one visit as it is more convenient to have the needed tests done all at once versus returning on … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services recognized in national MRI exam quality contest

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that among images submitted by our high field open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technologist, the image (right) for a MRI of the brain and pituitary gland was given second place! This national contest, sponsored by Hitachi, recognizes excellence in MRI imaging from across the country. DIS installed our Hitachi Oasis 1.2T high field open … Read More

New campaign launched to help medical providers perform head CT scans in children

© www.news-medical.net; www.imagegently.org The Image Gently Alliance, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), AANS/CNS Joint Section on Pediatric Neurosurgery and allied medical organizations have launched the “Think A-Head” campaign to help providers appropriately obtain and perform computed tomography (CT) scans in children with minor head injuries. The effort will also equip providers and parents with … Read More

Learn more about CT scans

A computerized tomography (CT) scan is a type of medical imaging test that combines several different x-rays to produce cross-sectional images. Your physician may advise you to undergo a CT scan for a variety of reasons. CT scans are helpful for evaluating soft tissues and bones, which means they may be used to diagnose bone tumors, fractures, heart disease and … Read More

Visit DIS and “Pink up the Pace”

Diagnostic Imaging Services will be hosting our first ever “PINK UP THE PACE” event on Wednesday morning, October 26, 2016. This event gives women an opportunity to learn more about mammography and women’s health, as well as make appointments for breast cancer screenings. And, while visiting DIS, take advantage of our free 10-minute chair massage, courtesy of Balance Massage! Come … Read More

Hospital employment of doctors rising rapidly

The number of physician practices owned by hospitals and health systems jumped 86% from 2012 to 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Avalere Health for the Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI). The number of physicians employed by hospitals increased by nearly 50% during the same period, from 95,000 doctors in 2012 to more than 140,000 physicians in 2015, the … Read More

Recognizing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Diagnostic Imaging Services knows that 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, … Read More

Why does my joint hurt? Ouch!

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national … Read More

Yummy “on” the tummy: the wonders of ultrasound

Bellies and tummies are where we keep things, including laughs, gumbo and babies. But this area holds more than that. The anatomically correct name for that part of the body is the abdomen. The abdomen is home to important organs including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and towards the back, the kidneys. So when radiologists are asked to look into someone’s belly/tummy/abdomen, … Read More

Shop smart for health care: imaging studies

Become an educated consumer. Take ownership in your health care dollar and understand why you were referred to one place over another. Ask your doctor if he or she is required by his or her employer or financially incentivized to send you to a particular medical facility for testing. Look up your imaging study. There are numerous websites that provide estimates … Read More

Can you trust your doctor with your financial health?

That’s a question recently posed on a website blog that touts services medical cost savings for consumers. It’s an interesting and poignant question. Of course, the presumption is that a person trusts their doctor or medical provider with their physician health, otherwise they would seek different care. We put our trust in their training and expertise to examine, diagnose and treat … Read More

When it comes to healthcare, bigger does not mean better

Actually, often it means dysfunctional. A lack of truly caring. Disconnected. And, very expensive. A group called Doctors for Truth in Health Care notes that after six years of the Affordable Care Act, there has been lots of consolidation of  hospitals and health systems, but little if any improvement in quality of care or lower costs. The group maintains that … Read More

Making Strides 2016 is off to a great start!

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to once again be a sponsor of the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, with the 2016 event being held on Saturday, October 1 at Champions Square next to the Superdome. Convenient parking is available at the Superdome parking ramps for a reasonable rate of $10. Click here to learn more about Making … Read More

Join us for the New Orleans Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff on August 3

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud to once again be the sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast on August 3, 2016 at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans. DIS joins the ACS in believing that everyone with breast cancer should have support. That’s why the American Cancer Society is so determined to be … Read More

Hospital vs Freestanding imaging facility: choose wisely

When it comes to selecting a facility to have diagnostic imaging needs met, patients often are faced with the decision between the hospital and a freestanding, outpatient imaging center. Finding the highest quality at the lowest price is the mission of many people today, particularly those with high deductible health insurance plans. It is important to note that there is a … Read More

How do you “shop” for a radiology procedure?

Do you remember the last time you bought a car? Maybe you wanted a convertible, so you went from dealer to dealer test driving for important features like trunk space and speed of transformation (maybe you looked at the Camaro first) before settling on a model, and then checked Kelley Blue Book, called a few dealers, and settled quickly on a … Read More

Tips offered for price-conscience consumers

If you’re not a price-conscience consumer, read no further. However, we suspect most everyone is price-conscience or price-sensitive, often the same thing. No one wants to pay more than they have to and in the area of healthcare, often that ends up being the case — particularly in medical imaging. Here are four pointers suggested by people who were patients … Read More

Comparing prices for healthcare: know how and where to look

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a presentation that gives pertinent information and advice to those who want to do all they can to save money on healthcare services. Although often considered time-consuming and frustrating, it often is well worth the effort. People often don’t realize that they have the freedom of choice. A physician, often a hospital-employed physician, will tell you to … Read More

Health care convenience or price is convenience AND price at DIS

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. Hospital radiology departments can generate a lot of traffic for the perceived convenience of location and as a one-stop shop for medical care. However, there is no shortage of articles that will tell you that diagnostic imaging is more … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services to add MRI breast biopsy to women’s imaging portfolio

Diagnostic Imaging Services, a leader in southeast Louisiana’s women’s health imaging, is pleased to announce that MRI breast biopsy will be added to our stable of women’s health exams. Plans call for implementing this service at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016. DIS already performs breast MRI and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, with plans to add stereotactic breast biopsy … Read More

Many hospital-employed physicians refer people to DIS

Contrary to what some people may be told, Diagnostic Imaging Services accepts referral orders for imaging exams from any of the following qualified medical providers: Medical doctors (MD, DO) Nurse practitioners Physician assistants Certified nurse midwives Chiropractors Podiatrists In many cases, these medical professionals are employed by local hospitals and healthy systems. These providers understand the value DIS provides to … Read More

Like music to my ears – literally

That’s what some MRI patients may tell you after their MRI experience at Diagnostic Imaging Services. Music is often referred to by many as life. It’s been referred to as “what feelings are like,” the shorthand of emotion” and “what makes the world go round.” We’ll add to that by saying it’s what makes undergoing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) … Read More

Would you like to save hundreds of dollars on an imaging exam?

One area woman did exactly that by choosing Diagnostic Imaging Services over a local New Orleans area hospital. How did she do that? It was easy. She simply picked up the phone and did exactly what we have been touting for years: shop and compare prices for healthcare services, just as most people do when comparing prices for vehicles, furniture, … Read More

You receive a call back after your screening mammogram: now what?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares this article, courtesy of the American Cancer Society. Most of the time, women getting their routine mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests. Getting that … Read More

What you need to know about an arthrogram

Diagnostic Imaging Services is a freestanding independent outpatient imaging provider that performs a specialty procedure called an arthrogram. An arthrogram uses imaging equipment to evaluate a joint like the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee or ankle. It is a two-step procedure consisting of a contrast injection into the joint, followed by an MRI or CT scan of the joint. An … Read More

Three components: patient, doctor and insurance provider

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a review that was recently posted onto the DIS Metairie Google Plus page. Unfortunately, the review was quite scathing and it was disappointing to us as we want every person who chooses DIS for their test to have as pleasant an experience as possible. And, that experience begins long before they come to one of our centers. … Read More

Another recommendation to “shop around” for healthcare services

Diagnostic Imaging Services has and will continue to trumpet the cause for people to stop being passive patients and start being active consumers. This means standing up for themselves when discussing options for healthcare services with their provider. Often, a provider, particularly if they are employed by a hospital or health system, will direct you there, regardless of cost to … Read More

Why do I need to wait 2-3 hours after my injection for a nuclear medicine bone scan?

This is a common question asked of our nuclear medicine technologists. One of our technologists, Blaine, provides the answer for you. Bone Imaging is used to detect skeletal lesions as the earliest possible time, monitor the course of skeletal diseases and evaluate the metabolic activity of skeletal lesions.  It can also detect osteomyelitis as well as stress fractures. The injection … Read More

The case of the $629 hospital band aid charge

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article of a Connecticut family who chose to use a hospital’s emergency room (ER) in the case of their one-year-old daughter who had a finger bleeding profusely. Unfortunately, for the family, they incurred a $629 hospital bill for services rendered — an examination, treatment and band-aid. Even though this articles covers a situation that occurred … Read More

The cost effectiveness of 3D mammography

According to research recently published by Yale University, 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), has one more thing physicians and women should like about it: It’s cost-effective. Researchers say not only does it find more cancers than digital mammography alone, 3D mammography reduces the number of exams categorized as what’s known as “BI-RADS 3” or “probably benign,” which … Read More

Supporting the military and their families

All of us at Diagnostic Imaging Services support our men and women, past and present, who have defended our freedom and our liberty by putting their lives on the line in order to keep our country free and strong. Not only should support happen for them, but also for their families and loved ones, who often experience long periods without … Read More

The American Cancer Society says thank you

A message from the New Orleans area American Cancer Society: It is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and all of us at the American Cancer Society in New Orleans want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for the endless support, time dedication, funds, and passion you put in to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the mission … Read More

It’s called value

In this era of cost reduction, independent medical providers have an edge: It’s called value. As calls from government and private payers intensify for hospitals to trim costs and become more transparent in their pricing, some experts believe the pendulum may swing to favor providers delivering quality care at the best price. The notion flies contrary to the current trend of physicians … Read More

Choosing DIS from nearly 300 miles away

Diagnostic Imaging Services was recently contacted by a person who received a recommendation for an MRI. While that is not at all uncommon, it is unique that this individual will be coming to our East Bank facility from nearly 300 miles away. The reason? Our high field open MRI. The person is larger in size and stature, and therefore traditional … Read More

Customer service stinks

The above is from a quote in an article about television news personality John Stossel, who recently revealed that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The cancer isn’t really what’s bothering him. It’s the service he was receiving this week at a New York hospital. He wrote: “My doctors tell me my growth was caught early and I’ll be fine,” … Read More

Planning and paying for a diagnostic procedure

Millions of diagnostic exams are performed in the United States each year. However, planning and paying for these often-essential procedures can be confusing and sometimes much more expensive than they need to be. If diagnostic exams were like most consumer products, you could simply compare CT scan prices online, come up with the funds, and make your purchase. Unfortunately, almost nothing … Read More

Benefits of CT scans may outweigh cancer risk for young adults

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an article published a few years ago in which the potential cancer risk that younger adults face from exposure to Computed Tomography (CT) scans pales in comparison to the actual threat posed by health conditions driving the use of the imaging technology, according to a published study. Examining medical records from about 22,000 patients between the … Read More

Mammograms: lots of faulty information out there

Despite large-scale campaigns to publicize the importance of breast cancer screening, a lot of faulty information regarding the mammogram exam is still being delivered to patients and sometimes interpreted as fact. To gauge where gaps in knowledge about breast cancer screening are most commonly occurring, the Working Mother Research Institute surveyed more than 2,500 women aged 35 and older to … Read More

Why would someone be told they needed a CT scan?

CT scanning is a noninvasive way to study all parts of your body. The technique itself is painless and can provide extremely accurate images. In many instances, a CT scan can decidedly decrease the need to perform surgery and CT scans have vastly improved the ability of doctors to diagnose many diseases earlier in their course and with much less … Read More

What a woman should know about 3D mammography

Women 40 years old and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. Now there is what has been touted as a much superior screening tool: 3D mammography. But what is 3D mammography? How is it different from traditional mammography? 3D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or x-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3D … Read More

Over 17 million enrolled in high deductible health insurance plans

An annual census conducted by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) of U.S. health insurance companies shows that enrollment in health savings account/high-deductible health plans (HSA/HDHPs) totaled 17.4 million in January 2014. The number of enrollees with HSA/HDHPs rose to nearly 17.4 million in January 2014, up from 15.5 million in January 2013, 13.5 million in January 2012 and 11.4 million in January 2011; an average … Read More

Thousands more for an ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging Services was contacted by a woman who had her doctor recommend an ultrasound due to a condition known as aortic stenosis. However, she told her doctor there was no way she was going to have the test when the hospital told her the cost was $2,870! She had health insurance and therefore the price of $2,870 would be … Read More

Hospitals: four to five times the cost just for x-rays

In a national study released by Hospital Pricing Specialists, LLC, nearly 19 million claims for chest x-rays were analyzed, comparing prices between hospital and independent office settings. In the geographical areas where Diagnostic Imaging Services has locations, here are the comparisons of the price differentials:   [table id=6 /] The first three price numbers represent a hospital setting. The second … Read More

Harnessing the big data of medical imaging to reveal the brain’s inner workings

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news story regarding using advanced data analysis techniques like pattern matching, and CereScan being poised to transform the way brain disorders are diagnosed around the world. Composed of clinicians, scientists, and technologists, the CereScan team works together to ensure patients are scanned according to the company’s rigorous standards. Prior to imaging, each patient undergoes a … Read More

Cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury linked to brain connectivity disruptions

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report that says cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. A study recently published in the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society found that individuals who are at least six months post-injury exhibit between-network, long-range … Read More

Medical imaging procedures and radiation concerns: are you safe?

For a number of years, the media has been doing extensive coverage from time to time on radiation exposure from medical imaging procedures. When our patients come in, that’s almost always a topic that we get asked about. Patients want to know how much radiation they’ll be exposed to during their procedure, and how that might affect them in regards to … Read More