Health care convenience or price can be convenience AND price

Which would you rather have in your health care: convenience or low cost? Oftentimes, when choosing one, the other is sacrificed. Hospital radiology departments can generate a lot of traffic for the perceived convenience of location and as a one-stop shop for medical care. However, there is no shortage of articles that will tell you that diagnostic imaging is more … Read More

Learn more about MRCP

Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that produces detailed images of the hepatobiliary and pancreatic systems, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct. Physicians use MRCP to: examine diseases of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas and pancreatic duct, including tumors, stones, inflammation or infection evaluate patients with pancreatitis … Read More

What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?

In an article, “What happens when an engaged consumer tries to help control costs?“, the author suggests the following results: As costs keep rising, and more and more people decide “I’m not going to take it anymore,” more of us will start asking “What are my options?” As word gets out that prices vary this much, it’s going to get … Read More

What are the differences in MRI exams of the spine?

For non-medical people wondering about specific Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams of the spine, it’s pretty simple: When examining the spine in the neck, that is an MRI of the cervical spine For a closer look at the spine in the upper back area, that is an MRI of the thoracic spine To acquire images of the lower spine and back, that is … Read More

Why do we sometimes ask if you are diabetic or have kidney disease?

Some imaging exams, like CT or MRI scans, may require that you be given an injection of contrast medium into a vein. It is typically administered in your arm like when you have blood drawn, and it looks like IV fluid. Imaging is then taken of the area of concern. The contrast medium makes the vascular structures in your body … 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

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

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

Is MRI helpful in identifying causes of pain?

Imagine the following scenario: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides enough detail that the radiologist and orthopedic doctor diagnosed a 50% tear in a tendon of the right ankle. Without the results from the MRI, the college freshman gymnast would have hurt herself even more. After finishing a dose of steroids to reduce swelling and using an extra-strength pain relieving cream, … 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

Ankle Joint Effusion

Ankle joint effusion

An ankle joint effusion, or swollen ankle, is typically the result of excess fluids gathering in the soft tissues surrounding the ankle joint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caught between the hospital-insurance crossfire

When you’re in recovery from a hospital visit — whether it’s a major surgery, a visit to the emergency room or just a routine procedure — the last thing you want to worry about is paying your medical bills. Although the doctors may have stitched you up, sometimes they don’t quite stick to procedure when it comes to filing your … Read More

Sharing a journalist’s experience with the federal government health care website

A reporter documents their experience with researching health insurance options. The success achieved in getting the information was not through the website, but by utilizing a toll free number in order to speak to a representative. For those who are having difficulties with the online application process, the telephone may be your next best option. While the digital age has … Read More

What is global billing?

There are many confusing terms surrounding healthcare, healthcare services and health insurance coverage. Numerous different options can often put someone’s head in a spin as they try to grasp with bills and statements from medical provider offices, hospitals and medical centers. One term that Capitol Imaging Services often uses and can be considered to be a major financial benefit to … 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

Even medical professionals may not understand healthcare pricing

Capitol Imaging Services shares a short story about the misunderstanding that even doctors have about healthcare pricing and costs for patients. On this particular occasion, two physicians told our staff that a local hospital was less expensive than a Capitol Imaging Services affiliate for a particular procedure, a procedure often not covered by insurance. When fully explained by our associates, … Read More