Don’t pay through the nose!

Capitol Imaging Services says do yourself a favor and breathe easier by choosing us. At one local hospital, according to Medicare, in 2013 the average submitted charge for an MRI without the use of a contrast dye was $3,533.25. The average submitted by Capitol Imaging Services? $1,254 Hospitals and health systems across the country are known for charging exorbitant fees for … Read More

Customer service stinks

The above is from a quote in an article about television news personality John Stossel, when he 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

The sounds of MRI

Those of us who work at Capitol Imaging Services are often asked by people, particularly those who have never had an MRI before, “I’ve heard that lots of different sounds are made by the machine. Is that true?” Yes, that is true. The sounds are made by the banging is the vibration of metal coils in the machine caused by … Read More

Why one medical provider prefers Capitol Imaging Services

Most would initially conclude that the above statement comes from a satisfied person who came to Capitol Imaging Services for an imaging exam. Actually, that statement came from a nurse that works in a referring office in New Orleans, LA. This nurse from an orthopedic practice had referred someone to a facility other than Capitol Imaging Services (a hospital imaging … Read More

DIS Women’s Center awarded Breast Center of Excellence designation

In the greater New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana region, the Diagnostic Imaging Services Women’s Center, part of our Metairie, LA Women’s and Advanced Imaging facility, has been awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). According to the ACR, “The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers … 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

You Night New Orleans 2017: groovy baby

Thursday, July 27, 2017 was a night for celebration on the victories won over cancer. They were celebrated by beautiful women, their families and friends who cheered them on with thunderous applause at the You Night New Orleans 2017 Runway Fashion Show. With a 1960’s British invasion theme, it was indeed “groovy baby!” From the hosts, Dr. Evil, Austin Powers … Read More

Study reveals new patient insights about radiation therapy tattoos

© The Breast Journal, Vol 26 No 5 September/October 2019 Radiation therapy tattoos have been used for decades to set up and position patients for treatment, but did you know that new evidence suggests that as much as 78% of patients strongly prefer not to have tattoos or marks? In a quantitative study published in an issue of The Breast … Read More

DIS provides updated patient information brochure

DIS has updated our patient information brochure, reflecting additions and revisions to information such as specialized technology and services. To access our new brochure, click here, or visit capitolimagingservices.com and click on the DIS PATIENT INFORMATION BROCHURE link found under “Quick Links”. This brochure is very useful for people who are choosing to visit a DIS location for the very … Read More

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DIS website works smoothly on your mobile device

When you are on the go, or just have a preference, for using a mobile device to peruse the World Wide Web, the DIS website is easy to access and simple to navigate. The image to the right was taken as a screen shot on an I-Phone, showing the DIS home page. Take DIS with you when you on the … Read More

What did people think of their visit to D.I.S.?

Last month, several people provided us with feedback regarding their visit to D.I.S. The location was easy to park and get to.  All the personnel were very friendly to talk to. The office was very neat. Everything was very nice. I appreciate the late hours. Wonderful, wonderful place. Love it. The service is wonderful. The techs are very friendly and … Read More

Can I get access to my medical records?

Numerous times throughout the year, Capitol Imaging Services (CIS) receives requests from both people and medical providers for their medical records. Our crackerjack medical records team works to quickly turn around each request, provided the correct information and paperwork is provided. There is another faster, easier way to access your medical records. That way is by using the Capitol Imaging … Read More

What is the intrinsic value of a radiologist?

Radiologists play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They are medical doctors who are licensed and specially trained to use medical imaging technologies. Your physician or other medical provider, such as a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, may refer you to a radiologist for testing as straightforward as an x-ray (called a radiograph by a radiologist) … Read More

Wake up and smell the coffee?

Over the years, there have been numerous research studies that have come out highlighting the benefits of drinking coffee. While many understand that too much caffeine is usually not healthy, coffee in some form of moderation can often have pluses in physical health. Now, A recent study found lower levels of caffeine in the blood of people with Parkinson’s disease. … Read More

Entertainer and breast cancer survivor urges mammograms

Fourteen years ago, a singer/songwriter/entertainer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately for this performer, Sheryl Crow, it was detected early at stage one — according to Crow all thanks were given to her annual mammogram — and she has made a complete recovery. Recently, People magazine published an article stating that Crow is “concerned” about the decline in breast cancer … Read More

A New Year’s resolution suggestion: ask how much that test will cost!

Would you be upset if you received a medical bill for what most would consider to be an outrageous amount of money for a simple test? That’s what one person experienced with a charge of nearly $12,500 for lab work! This story, published by National Public Radio in December 2020, illustrates the continuing issue in healthcare: exorbitant fees charged by … Read More

CPT Codes and why you need to know what they are

Capitol Imaging Services (CIS) 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

Diagnostic Imaging Services joins the Capitol Imaging Services affiliate network

As Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) approaches its fifth decade of service to the greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana regions, change often is inevitable. The only thing that stays the same is change. Over the past year, DIS has undergone its own changes in going from its own imaging organization into one that is larger and stronger. We’ve done that … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services will go red for women

National Wear Red Day was 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. Affiliate partners of Capitol Imaging Services participated in observing National Wear Red Day. If you visited our clinics, … Read More

D.I.S. making donation to the local American Cancer Society

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) is the flagship sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in the New Orleans area.  This year, DIS will make a donation of over $6,000 to the local chapter, in support of their funding efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Our donation will be made on December 11.  We’re very proud to … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services named Top Winner for fifth year in a row

CityBusiness New Orleans has released the results of their “best of” issue for 2021, covering many different business and service sectors throughout the greater New Orleans and southeast Louisiana areas. One area was medical imaging and a Capitol Imaging Services network affiliate was recognized for the fifth straight year! We are proud to announce that once again, Diagnostic Imaging Services … Read More

Scatter Radiation from Mammography Presents No Cancer Risk

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The radiation dose to areas of the body near the breast during mammography is negligible, or very low, and does not result in an increased risk of cancer, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The results suggest that the use of thyroid shields during mammography … Read More

Study leaves women with conflicting advice on mammograms

Controversial U.S. guidelines for mammography issued in 2009, calling for screening every two years rather than annually for women over 50 years old, can result in breast cancers being missed, according to U.S. researchers studying the hotly debated topic. Dr. Elizabeth Arleo of Weill Medical College of Cornell University and lead researcher examined the impact of the revised task force … Read More

D.I.S. patient information brochure now available

If you have never visited a D.I.S. facility in the past, or it has been some time since your last visit with us, click on the link below to view (and print) our updated informational brochure. This concise pamphlet provides an overview of our most common services, our imaging technologies and our main contact information. If you would like a … Read More

Obamacare fee of $63 per person to begin in 2014

From an online news article posted this week: Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It’s a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions under President Obama’s health care overhaul. The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest … Read More

Self-referral by physicians boosts Medicare imaging costs: GAO

October 31, 2012 — It’s estimated that in 2010, providers who self-referred patients for advanced imaging made about 400,000 more referrals than they would have had they not had a financial interest in the imaging equipment and that these referrals cost the Medicare system an additional $109 million, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The report was requested … Read More

More Health-Law Changes Coming in 2013

Most of the really big changes—including health-insurance exchanges and tax credits to help people buy coverage—aren’t coming into play until 2014. Still, the provisions going into effect in 2013, along with those that have already been introduced, can affect any changes you might want to make to your health coverage. Next year will see some of the many significant changes … Read More

Our newest addition to the D.I.S. family is on the way!

If there is an opportunity for a company to act as proud expectant parents, this would be it! Our soon-to-be newest part of the D.I.S. imaging family is on its way to Louisiana. Coming in at a healthy and hefty 10,000 pounds plus, our “Phillipe” will be in transport awaiting his new home at the D.I.S. Women’s & Advanced Imaging … Read More

D.I.S. adds two new insurance plans to its list of accepted coverages

Diagnostic Imaging Services announces the addition of two health insurance plans that are accepted for coverage of imaging exams: Medicaid – LaCare United Healthcare – PCIP (Pre Existing Condition Insurance Plan) LaCare is a program of AmeriHealth of Louisiana, Inc. and part of the AmeriHealth Family of Companies, one of the largest organizations of Medicaid managed care plans in the … Read More

We’re a certified imaging center for the DePuy TruMatch® Scanning Protocol

D.I.S. is now a certified imaging center for the DePuy TruMatch® Solutions protocol for total knee replacement surgery. As a certified imaging center, D.I.S. will work with DePuy and your orthopedist by providing a CT scan of your whole leg, from hip to ankle. This scan will be used as part of your surgical planning. Visit www.depuy.com/patients-and-caregivers/knee for more information. … Read More

Bark For Life of East Jefferson Parish on March 2, 2013

The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps them move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So … Read More

D.I.S. facilities pass FDA inspections for mammography

Twenty years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) staff helped create an environment where nearly all mammography facilities operate according to national standards, free from major inspection violations. These standards have also helped optimize radiation doses, and ultimately contribute to improved detection, earlier treatment, and better outcomes for breast cancer patients. FDA’s implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act … Read More

Results were sent to me already???

D.I.S. received a telephone call from a woman who had come to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie on a Saturday morning for her screening mammogram. She called because she had received her results in the mail and the date on her D.I.S. correspondence was the Monday following the weekend. She was concerned that the results came too … Read More

One hundred years ago…

The American Cancer Society wants to put themselves out of business. One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime. And in honor of their 100th birthday, they’re embarking on our boldest undertaking yet to finish the fight. It’s based on something they’ve witnessed during the years: Cancer hates noise. It hates people like them … Read More

What do people, who visited D.I.S. in February, think of their experience?

I was treated with the utmost kindness and respect by the lady at the registration desk and also the technician performing my test!  I would highly recommend my family and friends to come to this facility for whatever their needs or testing might be.  Thanks for your kindness, patience and overall professionalism! “The staff is efficient and courteous.  The facility … Read More

The Obamacare Revolt: Will it make a difference?

D.I.S. shares an article on a look at “what it would be like to go to the doctor without massive government interference in health care” through the eyes of one Kansas physician. https://reason.com/archives/2013/03/13/the-obamacare-revolt-physician-fight-bac?goback=%2Egde_966657_member_223251911  

When medical bills hurt your credit

You may not know about health care bills sent to collections, but they can really hit your credit scores. D.I.S. shares an article about advice on how to protect yourself and your credit. https://money.msn.com/credit-rating/when-medical-bills-hurt-your-credit?ocid=vt_twmsnmon At Diagnostic Imaging Services, we will do everything we can to work with you for any financial obligations you may incur for your imaging exam. We … Read More

The only accredited facility in the Metairie-Kenner area for Breast MRI

In the area of women’s health, there are times when a physician will recommend a woman having a breast MRI. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a … Read More

Expected price of Obamacare mounts

With many Americans and businesses concerned about the impact of Obamacare, a new study from the country’s top group of financial risk analysts is providing fodder for those fears. Underlying claims costs — which form the basis for insurers’ health care coverage premiums — will jump by one-third across the U.S. after the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next … Read More

What is musculoskeletal radiology?

Musculoskeletal radiology is the application of medical imaging using radiation to the study of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system. It has a number of uses, ranging from a better understanding of human anatomy to the development of diagnostic criteria for evaluating patients with musculoskeletal diseases. Medical schools typically teach a unit on musculoskeletal radiology and students interested in pursuing careers in this field can take additional coursework to learn … Read More

Obama Budget Replaces Sequester Cuts and Sustainable Growth Rate

Medscape Medical News – Robert Lowes, April 10, 2013 President Barack Obama today released a proposed $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2014 that would shrink the federal deficit by $1.8 trillion over the course of 10 years, but not on the backs of physicians. Instead, they are on the receiving end of some federal largesse. For starters, Obama’s deficit reduction, similar to … Read More

From a cancer survivor…

D.I.S. 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 response. It … Read More

Doctor-Owned Hospitals Prosper Under Health Law

Kaiser Health News — Doctor-owned hospitals are earning many of the largest bonuses from the federal health law’s new quality programs, even as the law halts their growth. The hospitals, many of which specialize in heart or orthopedic surgeries, have long drawn the ire of federal lawmakers and competitors. They say physicians often direct the best-insured and more lucrative cases to … Read More

President’s 2014 budget takes on self-referral

April 11, 2013 — In its 2014 budget plan released April 10, the Obama administration has directly targeted self-referral, proposing that certain imaging services be excluded from the in-office ancillary services exception to the federal Stark law. Not only does the proposal address self-referral directly for the first time, it quantifies the savings that would be gained by closing this loophole … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services participates in National Walk@Lunch Day™

New Orleans, LA – On April 24, 2013, employees of Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) will take a big step toward better health, joining walkers across the country in the seventh annual National Walk @ Lunch Day®. Last year, tens of thousands of walkers participated in events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. National Walk @ … Read More

D.I.S. establishes lung screening program for smokers and former smokers

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) compared two ways of detecting lung cancer: low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray. Both chest X-rays and low-dose helical CT scans have been used to find lung cancer early, but the effects of these screening techniques on lung cancer mortality rates had not been determined. NLST enrolled 53,454 current or former … Read More

Patient-centered care linked to better outcomes

Patients tend to do better when their doctors pay attention to their individual needs and circumstances, according to a new study. Previous studies had suggested that patient-centered care led to better outcomes, but it was hard to know what doctors were talking about with patients. Researchers didn’t know – for example – whether doctors simply increased patients’ medications when their … Read More