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 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

Study indicates most aggressive form of prostate cancer on the rise

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the U.S. Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) shares a news report that indicates efforts to limit the use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may be partially responsible for a rise in incidences of the most aggressive form of the disease. The study, published in Prostate Cancer and … 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

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 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 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

Another example of hospital imaging MRI exam “sticker shock”

Even though this is not a story from our area, it still holds relevance not only in the greater New Orleans area, but in the state of Louisiana and the entire country. This story is from a public radio news reporter in Boston, Massachusetts who needed to undergo an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan. The reporter did call to do … 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

Why would I undergo a 3T MRI?

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) offers some reasons that work to answer the question, “why would a doctor specify a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) on a 3T ultra-high field scanner?” The increased magnet strength gives us many benefits at no additional expense. 3T MRI is an advanced scanner, producing clearer images and more accurate diagnoses. 3T MRI helps doctors see abnormalities … 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

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

The month of November is designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The Lung Cancer Awareness Month Coalition is a group of leading international research and advocacy organizations that partner each November in an effort to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients across the world. Unlike many other diseases, with lung cancer, there is a shocking lack of knowledge among both … 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

Simply the best: FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!

City Business has released the results of their “best of” issue for 2020, 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 TOP WINNER as the BEST diagnostic imaging center over all others that are hospital, … 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

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

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

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

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

I can’t fight this feeling

If you have ever felt nervous, anxious or on edge when in tight spaces such as an elevator, closet or even a small car, chances are you show signs of clinical claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is defined as “a fear of being in closed or small spaces” and “an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or … Read More

Cost vs. Convenience — what if you could have both?

Diagnostic Imaging Services asks the question, “cost versus convenience — what if you could have both?” Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. If you have ever had an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, you are well aware of the expense involved. However, choosing to get … Read More

Patient: “I see no reason to pay three times the price”

As Diagnostic Imaging Services helps more and more people save significant amounts of money on healthcare, we wanted to share insight from a person who recently contacted us to compare our fee for a test with the fee of a local hospital. We were not surprised at the results. This person received a recommendation to have an MRI of their … 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

Why does an MRI cost so darn much (at a hospital)?

When it comes to pricey hospital procedures, MRI exams come to mind. Sure enough, according to recently released Medicare pricing data analyzed by NerdWallet Health, the average cost of an MRI in the U.S. is $2,611. Here’s what’s behind that number. Diagnostic Imaging Services is independently-owned, meaning our outpatient imaging services have prices that are far below area hospitals and their imaging affiliates. Lower … 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

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

When is a CT often recommended by a physician?

CT (Computed Tomography) scanning is useful to get a very detailed 3-D image of certain parts of the body, such as soft tissues, the pelvis, blood vessels, the lungs, the brain, abdomen, and bones.  Documented common reasons for a CT include: It is often the preferred method of diagnosing many cancers, such as liver, lung, and pancreatic cancers. The image allows … Read More

They would not (or could not) tell you how much it would cost???

We share a question that was posed online in a health-related forum: “I just got an MRI (with contrast die) of my brain and my inner ear, what will it probably cost me? The procedure required two MRI technicians, 1 RN, and two Medical Doctors — time under the machine was 1 1/2 hours. — The Office manager would not tell … 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