What is ankle joint effusion?

The condition in which the accumulation of the fluid takes place in the joint of the ankle is termed as ankle effusion. The presence of this effusion causes swelling and pain, and may lead to serious complications. Joint effusion can not only affect the ankle, but other joints in the human body. This includes the elbow, hip and knee. Most … Read More

Annual Mammogram

Annual Mammogram | Get Back on Track

Patients delaying their annual mammogram means thousands of cases of breast cancer are going undetected; resulting in higher mortality rates.

Annual mammography at age 40 cuts mortality the most

A screening mammography program that begins when a woman is 40 and continues on an annual basis is the most effective for reducing mortality rates, according to study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Why? Because screening that starts earlier and is performed every year finds breast cancer in its earlier stages, which boosts a woman’s … Read More

Stereotactic breast biopsy services added at Diagnostic Imaging Services

Our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has added to their women’s health services portfolio by introducing stereotactic breast biopsy imaging studies to our suite of exams performed at their Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, LA. In order to provide these services, DIS invested in the Hologic Selenia Dimensions System 9000, which in addition to perform … Read More

Why do women choose Capitol Imaging Services for their breast cancer screening?

Did you know that you have a choice as to where to go for your screening mammogram? You have a choice for your breast cancer screening just as you have for many different types of healthcare services, including screening and diagnostic testing. For tens of thousands of women annually, that choice has been Capitol Imaging Services (CIS). The reasons vary, … Read More

CT Lung Cancer Screening

CT Lung Cancer Screening

CT lung cancer screenings use CT imaging and a small dose of radiation to “light up” the structures of the lungs to identify cancerous nodes.

Capitol Imaging Services introduces our Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Program

Capitol Imaging Services is pleased to offer our Low Dose CT (LDCT) Lung Cancer Screening Program. Our team of imaging professionals worked very hard over that past six months to get this program up and running. It involved long hours of going through the Medicare requirements to participate in this worthy screening program. Because we have signed a participation agreement … Read More

Imaging Tests for Cancer

Imaging Tests for Cancer

Today we discuss imaging tests for cancer, when they are ordered, and how they are read by the experts at Capitol Imaging Services.

Open MRI Near Me

Open MRI Near Me

If you’ve asking, “Does Capitol Imaging Services has an Open MRI near me?” With multiple locations across the gulf south, chances are we do!

Possible ruptured breast implant?

Breast implants are one of the more commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Nearly 200,000 women received breast implants in 2020. Although it has been clearly demonstrated that ruptured implants do not cause harm, women should consider potential complications when making the personal decision to have breast implants. A ruptured breast implant is one such risk. A … Read More

From a cancer survivor

Capitol Imaging Services shares a short video about one person’s road to surviving cancer, and the role PET/CT played in her experience. PET/CT is an imaging tool that combines two scan techniques in one exam – a PET scan and a CT scan. PET/CT is mainly used for diagnosis, staging or re-staging malignant disease and metastases and evaluation of treatment … 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

Wait three weeks for an MRI? Just say no!

Capitol Imaging Services was contacted via our online appointment request form in order to schedule an MRI. The reason? In their own words, “I need to have my MRI done next week, and the last time I had to wait three weeks, mainly because the doctor sent to an MRI center where he had business interests. Please help me get … Read More

MRI scan

MRI Scan

MRI ScanAn MRI scan is a noninvasive, safe way for healthcare professionals to examine a patient’s organs, tissues, and skeletal system. MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is diagnostic technology that uses a powerful magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed, 3D images of the organs and tissues of the body that can be viewed from many different angles. … 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

Arm yourself and know your CPT code

Arm yourself with an important piece of information for a medical service — the CPT code. CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology, which is used universally across all medical and health providers.  With this code, you can contact multiple providers in order to better compare costs BEFORE you have any service done. Take control. It’s your money. It’s your health … Read More

This says it all…

You know you have a choice. It’s your healthcare. It’s your money. For the same exam, do you want a list price for a medical test that is over TWO AND ONE HALF TIMES HIGHER? Put it this way. If you had an opportunity to buy the exact same four-piece dining room set made by the same manufacturer with the … Read More

Doctors shun patients who pay with Medicaid

Most doctors in private practice lose money on Medicaid patients, because the program pays less than commercial health plans or Medicare, the federal insurance program for Americans over 65. Many physicians already don’t accept Medicaid, and millions of new enrollees clamoring for appointments will strain those who do. About 46 percent of physicians accept Medicaid, according to a 15-city survey last … Read More

Patients often win if they appeal a denied health claim

Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered. To help make sure a patient’s claims aren’t improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act creates national standards allowing appeals to the insurer and, if necessary, to a third-party reviewer. … Read More

Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7 million

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beating expectations, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was on track to sign up more than 7 million Americans for health insurance on deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press. The 7 million target, thought to be out of reach by most experts, was in sight on a day that saw surging consumer interest as … Read More

An explanation of 3D mammography in brochure form

Capitol Imaging Services provides a link to a brochure that does an excellent job of explaining the benefits of 3D mammography. The brochure is six pages in length, formatted to a size of 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Click here to access the brochure. You need to have Adobe PDF Reader on your computer in order to view. Capitol Imaging Services offers … Read More

What are the benefits of using 3D mammography?

Capitol Imaging Services answers the question, “what are the benefits of using 3D mammography?” Many studies in Europe and the U.S. have substantiated superior breast cancer detection rates when combining 3D mammography with conventional 2D mammography. Studies have demonstrated a 10%-30% increase in overall breast cancer detection (over 2D imaging alone). This ability to detect breast cancer at an earlier … Read More

Obamacare website fails as deadline arrives

People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday’s midnight deadline discovered the website was “currently unavailable.” Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. It was back online later in the morning … Read More

PSA testing, early treatment decreases risk of prostate cancer death

Mortality in prostate cancer is lower in areas with frequent use of PSA testing compared with areas with little testing shows a new study. Results from the study show that prostate cancer mortality was 20 percent lower in counties with the highest incidence of prostate cancer, which indicates an early and rapid uptake of PSA testing. Capitol Imaging Services offers … Read More

Why is 3D mammography offered at Capitol Imaging Services?

With the introduction of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) at our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate centers in Metairie, LA and Columbus, MS, many questions are being asked about the advantages 3D offer to certain women over conventional mammograms. Here is a brief list of those points: 3D mammography is cited as most appropriate for women with dense breasts, breast cancer survivors, women … Read More

East St. Tammany Parish business community welcomes Capitol Imaging Services affiliate

Capitol Imaging Services was officially welcomed to East St. Tammany Parish, LA with a grand opening of our affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) Slidell facility at 1310 Gause Boulevard. DIS company officials and chamber of commerce members gathered for our ribbon cutting ceremony. We have been serving people and physicians in the greater Slidell area and Mississippi Gulf Coast for … Read More

Reasons given for why prostate cancer patients need to learn about their disease

Capitol Imaging Services shares a video link that stresses the importance of prostate cancer patients educating themselves. Prostate cancer patients should learn everything they can about their disease. Every patient’s cancer is different. Your treatment will be personalized so it is important to be informed when making decisions. Cancer survivor Joel Nowak believes men diagnosed with prostate cancer should always … Read More

What’s a more attractive price: $1,955 or $758?

Capitol Imaging Services shares a comparison of the charge for an imaging exam at a local area hospital, as compared to what the list price would be had the exam been done at one of our affiliate centers. To the right is the actual invoice received. This charge is before the application of any insurance discounts, based on the agreement … Read More

Capitol Imaging Services now provides the latest in high tech mammography

Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Capitol Imaging Services has become the first organization of its kind to offer tomosynthesis (3D mammography). Women who undergo routine mammograms at our network affiliates in Metairie, LA and Columbus, MS now have the option to utilize the latest diagnostic technology available to them, … Read More

New technology alternatives to prostate biopsy

Prostate biopsy does answer the question as to whether or not cancer is present. However, the question has arisen as to if there is an alternative. Until recently, there was not. New studies, including multi-parametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), can find prostate cancer with very high accuracy. Ultra high field MRI, known as 3T, delivers twice the field strength of … Read More

New data reveals bewildering system, staggering hospital cost differences

Americans have long become accustomed to bewilderment and anxiety when confronting health care bills. Even within the same metropolitan area, hospitals charge prices that differ by staggering degrees for the same procedures. People without health insurance pay vastly higher costs for care when less expensive options are often available nearby. Virtually everyone who seeks health care winds up paying inflated … Read More

People love coming to Capitol Imaging Services

Capitol Imaging Services regularly surveys people who visit us for their imaging exam needs, in order for us to make sure we are delivering on our promise of a warm welcome, pleasant experience and sincere thank you. We also want to give people the opportunity to tell us what they think and where we can improve. Here’s a sampling of … Read More

Why say yes to Capitol Imaging Services?

Twenty nine (2) centers, more than any other Southeastern United States independent radiology practice. Exam prices that often lower out of pocket expenses for people, often saving significant money. The acceptance of CareCredit, which provides a payment plan option for those undergoing exams. Self-pay pricing for people without health insurance coverage. An extensive MRI technology portfolio that fulfills the needs … Read More

We’re very proud of Cynthia

Capitol Imaging Services shares a comment from a woman who visited our Metairie, LA affiliate’s Women’s and Advanced Imaging Center last month for her mammogram and bone density study. She writes: “I was fortunate and blessed to have been assigned to Cynthia, who performed my mammogram and bone density test. She was EXCELLENT! She was very professional, calm, sensitive and … Read More

Drug company says it will stop paying doctors to promote drugs

From the New York Times, published December 17, 2013: December 16, 2013 — The British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will no longer pay doctors to promote its products and will stop tying compensation of sales representatives to the number of prescriptions doctors write, its chief executive said Monday, effectively ending two common industry practices that critics have long assailed as troublesome … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services acquires Northshore imaging centers

December 16, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – Considered one of the leading innovative independent outpatient imaging organizations in the greater New Orleans area, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has agreed to acquire imaging centers in Covington and Slidell. Formerly known as Delta Imaging, LLC centers located at 71154 Highway 21 in Covington and 1310 Gause Boulevard in Slidell are now Diagnostic Imaging … Read More

Comparing hospital Medicare provider charge data with Capitol Imaging Services

On the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, there is data posted on hospital-specific charges for 30 Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups (APC) paid under the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2011.  One APC code reported is 0336 – Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) of the head and neck without a contrast dye. Here … Read More

Capitol Imaging Services affiliate receives continued accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Capitol Imaging Services’ facility in Marrero, LA received a renewal in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR), The ACR’s MRI Accreditation Program evaluates the qualifications of personnel, the quality control program, MR safety policies and image quality specific to MRI. All providers that bill for MRI under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services makes donation to the American Cancer Society

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) is very pleased to make a donation of $5,484 to the New Orleans chapter of the American Cancer Society, as part of our continuing commitment to joining the fight against breast cancer. From left to right are: Michael Holmes, CEO of DIS, Paula Shamsie of the American Cancer Society, Karen Juncker, DIS Field Imaging Specialist, Lisa … Read More

An “uncovered” hidden Obamacare cost

November 30 has come and gone, meaning HealthCare.gov, the $630 million portal created by the Affordable Care Act that links all 36 federal online insurance marketplaces, should be running smoothly for the majority of users. However, that does not mean the marketplaces are easy to use, especially for individuals trying to compare how different policies cover drug costs. Costs can differ … Read More

States losing billions in refusing to expand Medicaid, report finds

Texas will lose $9.2 billion in 2022; Florida says goodbye to $5 billion; Georgia is out $4.9 billion. A new report details just how much states are losing because they don’t want to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, and it’s not chump change. Red states may be sticking to their Republican beliefs in small government, but the Commonwealth Fund finds they … Read More

U.S. health care lags behind other affluent countries, study finds

(HealthDay News) — American adults are far more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to go without health care due to cost, or to have trouble paying their medical bills, a new study finds. The study, from independent think tank The Commonwealth Fund, also found more Americans complaining of hassles over health insurance disputes and paperwork. “The U.S. … Read More

Save the birthdays

A message from the American Cancer Society: What a year it’s been. Millions of people helped celebrate 100 years of fighting cancer with the American Cancer Society by volunteering, raising money, listening, and speaking out. But this year’s most amazing accomplishments happened quietly, in homes and restaurants and backyards and parks across the country: more than 400 people each day, … Read More

Better MRI comfort in place at Capitol Imaging Services in Mississippi

In the continuing mission for Capitol Imaging Services to implement the latest imaging technologies while identifying ways to make diagnostic testing more comfortable and calm for people, we are pleased to announce the latest addition in MRI to those ends: the Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5T High Field MRI. Installed at the Imaging Center of Columbus, The Vantage Titan system offers … Read More

Secret pricing spikes US healthcare costs

Washington (AFP) – Secret pricing is making healthcare in the United States more expensive than ever, leading costs to triple in the past two decades, experts said Tuesday. Overall, US healthcare costs now account for nearly 18 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), twice the amount spent by Japan, Ireland and Sweden where people are generally healthier and live longer. … Read More

Companies prepare to pass more health costs to workers

Companies are bracing for an influx of participants in their insurance plans due to the health-care overhaul, adding to pressure to shift more of the cost of coverage to employees. Many employers are betting that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that all Americans have health insurance starting in 2014 will bring more people into their plans who have previously opted … Read More

Who gets a subsidy under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

The new availability of tax credits for qualified low-income people purchasing individual coverage through exchanges could be a game changer. Qualified individuals with family incomes between 100% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will be eligible for sliding-scale premium tax credits that will cap the amount they may pay for coverage. Individuals with family incomes at or below … Read More