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’s the value of nuclear medicine?

Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that may otherwise be unavailable or require a more expensive and risky diagnostic test. One unique aspect of a nuclear medicine test is its extreme sensitivity to abnormalities in an organ’s structure or function. As an integral part of patient care, nuclear medicine is used in the diagnosis, … Read More

What is Paget’s disease of bone?

Paget’s disease is a chronic condition which interferes with your body’s normal bone remodeling process. Bone remodeling is a process in which new bone tissue gradually replaces old bone tissue. This relationship is vital to maintain normal calcium levels in our blood. Over time, the disease can cause affected bones to become fragile and misshapen. Paget’s disease of bone most … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services renews Image Wisely Pledge

In 2011, Diagnostic Imaging Services became the first independently-owned imaging organization to join the national Image Wisely campaign that promotes patient safety in medical imaging. This year, we renew that pledge. This pledge addresses concerns about medical facilities such as DIS providing maximum patient safety when undergoing a test that involves ionizing radiation. Most often, this involved Computed Tomography (CT), nuclear … Read More

DIS answers common questions about PET/CT scans

Most imaging scans performed at Diagnostic Imaging Services produce images of the internal structures. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are different because they can reveal how well organs and tissues are working. Thanks to this innovative technology, a radiologist is able to assess abnormal masses, analyze brain function, stage cancer and review how well a person is responding to cancer … 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

DIS: a 51 percent savings over a local hospital

If you want actual proof of the potential savings offered by Diagnostic Imaging Services when you choose us over local hospitals for imaging exams, look no further that this recent example and the comparison we provide to you. Above is an ACTUAL ESTIMATE provided for a person who received a recommendation from their physician for five different exam codes. These codes … Read More

Thyroid disease awareness: give yourself a “neck check”

January is National Thyroid Awareness Month. Thyroid disease affects as many as 30 million Americans, according to the American College of Endocrinology. What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland produces hormones that control how the body functions – including heart rate, cholesterol level, body … Read More

How many new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed annually?

In the United States, between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed. It is estimated that as many as one million people around the country suffer from the condition. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease. The … Read More

What is the value of a DaTscan?

Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological disease affecting balance, movement and agility, affects approximately 1 percent of the population over 60 years of age. Although recent years have brought increased awareness of this disorder, the lack of a test to detect this condition can lead to misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and related syndromes. In many cases, especially early in the course … Read More

Fusion/Image Merge studies added to DIS suite of services

Over the past few months, Diagnostic Imaging Services has performed numerous fusion/image merge studies. What does that mean exactly? Typically, DIS performs a nuclear medicine bone scan and a Computed Tomography (CT)  or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Then, through post processing via computer software, images from the nuclear medicine test and either the CT or MRI are merged together … 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 conditions: Arthritis Avascular necrosis … Read More

More information available about nuclear medicine studies completed at DIS

Say YES and spend LESS at DIS.Diagnostic Imaging Services has improved our website’s information and content regarding nuclear medicine. Medical imaging has transformed the way physicians are able to diagnose and treat a wide spectrum of diseases. Moving beyond static anatomical images of the organs that only show structure, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging give physicians access to unique information … Read More

A sophisticated new diagnostic process to help people who are suffering from the effects of brain-based disorders

Considered perhaps the most complex component of the human body often misdiagnosed and mistreated, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has become only the third center in the United States to offer a state-of-the-art brain study designed to provide a clearer picture of disorders from traumatic brain injury to clinical depression. In partnering with CereScan®, a Denver, CO based provider of Single … Read More

Did you know we perform thyroid therapy?

Courtesy of the American College of Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a three and one-half minute presentation about therapy offered at DIS for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease or toxic goiter. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces two hormones that regulate all aspects of the body’s metabolism, the chemical process of converting food into energy. … Read More

DaTscan studies now performed at Diagnostic Imaging Services

DaTscan is an imaging technology that uses small amounts of a radioactive drug to help determine how much dopamine is available in a person’s brain. A machine similar to but smaller than an MRI machine, called a single photon emission computed tomography or SPECT scanner, measures the amount and location of the drug in the brain. DaTscans cannot diagnose Parkinson’s … Read More

Cancer center ads focus on emotions more than facts, study finds

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — TV and magazine ads for U.S. cancer centers are heavy on emotional appeal, but light on the facts that patients need to know, a new study finds. In an analysis of more than 400 ads that ran nationwide, researchers found that few gave objective information on cancer treatment benefits or risks. Instead, the … Read More

Understanding the benefit of PET scans

What is a PET scan? Alan D. Waxman, M.D., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, describes how positron emission tomography (PET) scans work and why they can be critical tools for patients with many common diseases, such as cancer. PET is a powerful tool for diagnosing and determining the stages of many types of cancer, including lung, head and neck, colorectal, esophageal, lymphoma, … Read More

Lung Cancer Staging and Imaging Options

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an emerging modality in lung cancer staging. It allows for combination fo functional and anatomic assessment of lesions, especially useful in detecting nodal involvement or metastatic spread. Tumor cells have a higher than normal metabolism, detect on PET by their increased glucose uptake, which makes PET an excellent modality to classify indeterminate lesions, thus reducing … Read More