Screening vs. Diagnostic?

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. 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. Such signs may include: A lump Breast pain Nipple discharge … Read More

The clear-cut choice for women and physicians when it comes to mammograms

Capitol Imaging Services has served tens of thousands of women with our women’s health examinations in screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, bone density studies, breast MRI and breast biopsy. We implemented 3D mammography several years ago to provide a mammogram technique that is considered superior to conventional 2D mammography in thoroughly evaluating breast tissue to identify any areas of concern. … Read More

Why take advantage of 3D mammography technology?

This spring marks approximately nine years since our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services  (DIS), began performing 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms. We began with our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard Women’s Center and expanded to our Covington – Highway 21, Marrero and Slidell, LA locations. But, why should women take advantage of this technology? Some reasons are provided … Read More

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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

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

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

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

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

A vaccine for breast cancer?

Capitol Imaging Services shares a news report on the development of a breast cancer vaccine which has to this point only been tested on mice, and needs to go through a rigorous 10 year approval process with the Food & Drug Administration. According to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women. However, men can get breast … Read More

Staying Well: Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk or Find Breast Cancer Early

From the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”: Scheduling Your Mammogram Jump-start your New Year resolutions by scheduling your next mammogram now. The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over get one every year, along with a breast exam by your doctor or nurse. You should also tell your doctor right away about any breast changes … Read More

The clear-cut choice for women and physicians when it comes to mammograms

Capitol Imaging Services have served tens of thousands of women with our women’s health examinations in screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, bone density studies, breast MRI and breast biopsy. We implemented 3D mammography several years ago to provide a mammogram technique that is considered superior to conventional 2D mammography in thoroughly evaluating breast tissue to identify any areas of concern. … Read More

Results were sent to me already???

A Capitol Imaging Services affiliate received a telephone call from a woman who had come to our imaging center in Metairie, LA on a Saturday morning for her screening mammogram. She called because she had received her results in the mail and the date on her correspondence was the Monday following the weekend. She was concerned that the results came … Read More

The power and superiority of Genius 3D mammography

Conventional 2D mammograms provide doctors with a 2D image to evaluate the breast. This can be limiting due to overlapping layers of tissue, which can sometimes produce unclear results, false alarms, or worse–cancer being missed. Genius exams deliver a series of detailed breast images, allowing your doctor to better evaluate your breasts layer by layer, and over 100 clinical studies … Read More

What a woman should know about 3D mammography

Women 40 years of age and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. There is what has been touted as a much superior screening tool: 3D mammography. But what is 3D mammography and 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 … 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

The cost effectiveness of 3D mammography

According to research 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 tend … 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

Singer-songwriter promotes mammography technology found at Capitol Imaging Services

Our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) is the only independent radiology practice in the greater New Orleans area to offer women the superiority of 3D mammography. DIS began in 2013 with their first 3D installation in Metairie, LA. Then, 3D mammography was expanded to centers in Covington, Marrero and Slidell, LA. Entertainer Sheryl Crow has partnered with Hologic, … Read More

What is a mammogram standing order

This question is often asked of a woman contacting Capitol Imaging Services 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 order Simply, if a health care provider … Read More

FDA approves the only mammogram superior for women with dense breasts

Our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), the only independently-owned radiology practice of its type in the greater New Orleans area to offer Genius 3D mammography shares an announcement released by the Genius manufacturer, Hologic, Inc. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Genius 3D as superior to standard 2D mammography for routine breast cancer screening of women … Read More

What does it mean when a woman is told she has dense breasts?

Dense breast tissue refers to the appearance of breast tissue on a mammogram. It’s a normal and common finding. Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue), and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). When viewed on a mammogram, women with dense breasts have more dense tissue than fatty tissue. Is 3D mammography better … Read More

Spreading the word about the benefits of 3D mammography

The signs you see to the right are new billboards that our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) had live during the month of October at different locations in the greater New Orleans area. This was something new for DIS. Many times, people will see billboards for hospitals and other medical practices. This is truly a test for … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services featured on local medical TV show

Our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), had the pleasure of having one of their women’s health radiologists, Dr. Deanna Karl, and a woman who has chosen DIS for her imaging needs, Ms. Maureen, as guests on the Doctors New Orleans television show. Airing live on WLAE-TV, host Maria Muro lead a discussion on the importance of breast … Read More

The difference between 2D and 3D mammography

Every year, hundreds of thousands of women in the United States are told by their medical provider that they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year, breast cancer takes the lives of tens of thousands of women. When breast cancer is detected early – before it has spread – it is easier to treat. Women have a much better chance … Read More

Trying to put 3D mammography dose in understandable terms

One of the questions often posed by women and by medical providers regarding 3D mammography is about overall safety. Numerous reports, studies and research came out regarding what we call ionizing radiation, which is defined as radiation consisting of particles, x-rays, or gamma rays with sufficient energy to cause ionization in the medium through which it passes. While that may … Read More

Study: both breast cancer screening and treatment reduce mortality rate

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the question that was trying to be answered was: Which route – breast cancer screening or breast cancer treatment, was the one that was most responsible for the remarkable decline in breast cancer mortality over several decades? The answer was somewhat surprising to the researchers. And yet, … Read More

At high risk for breast cancer? Start screening early

That’s the headline from a published medical industry article which summarizes work done by a team of physicians, along with input from the American College of Radiology (ACR). In guidelines listed within the article, women at high risk for breast cancer are recommended to start annual mammography screening before the age of 40. Additional screening techniques may also be beneficial … 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 breast 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 … Read More

If her provider had used more sophisticated 3D technology…

“I might have caught it before it spread to lymph nodes and before it upended my life.” That’s a quote from an April 2018 article in The Advocate with State Representative Julie Stokes. She underwent chemotherapy and surgery, and emerged from the health challenge cancer-free. More advanced technology? In the article, Ms. Stokes revealed that she learned that her screening … Read More

Study: 3D mammography finds smaller cancer than 2D mammography does

According to a presentation made at a radiology-centered medical convention, a study was presented that showed breast cancer screening utilizing 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), identifies smaller breast cancer when compared to 2D screening mammography. This finding indicates that this technology can improve health outcomes for women diagnosed with early breast cancer. Smaller … Read More

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

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

Additional research continues to tout the superiority of 3D mammography

In published articles within the radiology industry, a pair of studies were presented during a national radiologic convention that once again showed the improved performance of breast cancer screening and diagnosis when women were examined with 3D mammography. This continues the trend over the recent years of study after study showing the superiority of 3D mammography (also known as Digital … Read More

Women benefit from Affordable Care Act ban on mammography co-pays

In a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) elimination of co-pays for screening mammography in 2010 has had a positive benefit for commercially insured women across a variety of racial and income groups. According to the research team, racial disparities in screening mammography have narrowed, particularly among African American women. … Read More

Breast density: the basics and why it matters

The following is information provided by Hologic, the provider of the Genius™ 3D Mammography technology found at our affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services. Breasts consist of two types of tissue that appear differently on a mammogram, including fatty and dense tissue. Dense breast tissue appears whiter on the mammogram image, making it more difficult for radiologists to see cancer, if present, … Read More

Three reasons why mammography is the best option

Mammography screening performed annually is the best option for women age 40 to 49, according to a review published online in the Journal of Breast Imaging. Annual screening is recommended for three main reasons, not least of which is a reduction in breast cancer mortality between 29% and 49%. Benefits will continue to improve While the article is highly clinical … Read More

Incorporating the Tyrer-Cuzick breast cancer risk assessment model

Advances in genomics and risk stratification allow us to tailor breast cancer screening recommendations for individual patients. Risk assessment, in particular, identifies women who are candidates for supplemental screening, genetic counseling, or genetic testing. Capitol Imaging Services has made a transition to the Tyrer-Cuzick risk assessment model, a tool that well supplements are portfolio of screening and diagnostic services pertaining … Read More

American Society of Breast Surgeons releases position statement on screening mammography

The American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) released a position statement that includes four main points for women and their medical providers to consider regarding screening mammogram guidelines and overall assessment for breast health. Below are the four points drawn up by the ASBrS: Women over the age of 25 should undergo an formal risk assessment for breast cancer. Women … Read More

Should women under the age of 40 get a baseline screening mammogram?

What is a baseline screening mammogram? The answer is simple. it’s a woman’s first mammogram. The question regarding age is often posed to medical providers and also the frequent subject of medical provider commentary or published studies and papers. The general consensus is that in general, regular mammograms are not recommended for women who are at average risk for breast … Read More

Breast density: why it is important to know

Capitol 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

The difference in mammogram types?

Capitol Imaging Services helps to answer 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 … Read More

The connection between dense breast tissue and a woman’s mammogram report

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an excellent resource, care of the American Cancer Society, on the above topic of dense breasts and mammogram reports. Breast density can be determined only by mammograms. It is not related to breast size or firmness. A woman may think that because her breasts are firm, they are dense; but breast density is not determined by how … Read More

Exposing the myths and urban legends surrounding what causes breast cancer

Capitol Imaging Services (CIS) 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

What is a mammogram standing order?

This question is often asked of a woman contacting Capitol Imaging Services (CIS) 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? Simply, if a health care provider such as a … Read More