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

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

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

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

Diagnostic Imaging Services earns ACR accreditation in Stereotactic Breast Biopsy

Our Capitol Imaging Services affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), and their Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, LA has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). A breast biopsy is performed to remove tissue — either surgically or through a less … 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

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

DIS makes donation in the fight against breast cancer

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) was pleased to present a check for $6,226 to the American Cancer Society, in support of their efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. DIS was the Flagship Sponsor for the 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in New Orleans on October 7. Thank you to our employees and to the women who place … 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

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

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

What are three options offered for breast biopsy?

A Capitol Imaging Services network affiliate, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), offers three different options for undergoing a breast biopsy. These options are best determined by a qualified medical provider and often a consultation with a women’s health radiologist. The three options are: Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy Stereotactic breast biopsy MRI-guided breast biopsy What are the biopsy differences? Image-guided biopsy is performed … Read More

Why a doctor would order a CT of the abdomen and pelvis

Capitol Imaging Services answers the question, “Why would a doctor recommend a CT of the abdomen and pelvis?” This type of CT (Computed Tomography) 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 such … 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

DIS Marrero received continued ACR accreditation in Computed Tomography

Diagnostic Imaging Services’ facility in Marrero received a renewal in Computed Tomography (CT). Awarded by the American College of Radiology (ACR), The ACR’s CT 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 CT under part B of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule must be … Read More

Shades of prostate cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares an informative presentation by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute regarding the different types of prostate cancer that often can result in confusion for the man receiving the diagnosis as well as his family and friends. Types of prostate cancer range from low-grade to advanced, and call for different types of treatment plans. Learn more about these … Read More

What is ultrasound-guided breast biopsy?

Lumps or abnormalities in the breast are often detected by physical examination, mammography, or other imaging studies. However, it is not always possible to tell from these imaging tests whether a growth is benign or cancerous. A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells—either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle—from a suspicious area in the breast … Read More

Your health insurance benefits: things you should know to save money

IF YOUR EXAM IS COVERED BY PRIVATE INSURANCE: To control costs, your insurer negotiates with imaging providers on your behalf for a “contracted rate.” The contracted rate is the maximum amount that an imaging provider can collect for a covered service, and is usually less than the standard charge. What is not widely known is that the contracted rate is … Read More

Scientists solve a 30-year breast cancer puzzle

In a new study published in Cell Reports, scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center demonstrate that mice lacking one copy of a gene called CTCF have abnormal DNA methylation and are markedly predisposed to cancer. CTCF is a very well-studied DNA binding protein that exerts a major influence on the architecture of the human genome, but had not been previously … Read More

Cancer center ads focus on emotions more than facts, study finds

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — TV and magazine ads for U.S. cancer centers are heavy on emotional appeal, but light on the facts that patients need to know, a new study finds. In an analysis of more than 400 ads that ran nationwide, researchers found that few gave objective information on cancer treatment benefits or risks. Instead, the … Read More

DaTscan studies now performed at Diagnostic Imaging Services

DaTscan is an imaging technology that uses small amounts of a radioactive drug to help determine how much dopamine is available in a person’s brain. A machine similar to but smaller than an MRI machine, called a single photon emission computed tomography or SPECT scanner, measures the amount and location of the drug in the brain. DaTscans cannot diagnose Parkinson’s … Read More

DIS welcomed by the Covington area business community

Courtesy of the St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce, DIS was officially welcomed to the area by local officials and business leaders. DIS is very excited about continuing our level of excellence in patient care and physician service, with imaging studies that assist in arriving at an accurate diagnosis. All the while having costs and charges far less than northshore … Read More

Lawmakers urge Medicare coverage for cancer test

More than 130 lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to expand coverage for a lung-cancer test under Medicare that could cost the program billons, calling the screening important for vulnerable seniors. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lawmakers called for a timely decision on coverage for low-dose CT scans for older patients at higher … Read More

Medical Association: adding tomosynthesis to mammography finds more cancer

June 24, 2014 — Adding digital breast tomosynthesis to mammography screening boosts the detection of invasive cancer by more than a third compared to mammography alone while reducing the number of false positives by 15%, according to a study in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research addresses a few of what critics call mammography’s … Read More

What types of ultrasound exams does DIS perform?

Many people who hear the term “ultrasound” likely picture a pregnant woman in her doctor’s office getting a sneak peek of the baby growing inside her womb — perhaps even finding out whether she should paint the nursery pink or blue. But while fetal imaging is one of the most common uses of ultrasounds, this diagnostic tool actually has many … Read More

A sophisticated new diagnostic process to help people who are suffering from the effects of brain-based disorders

July 22, 2014 (Metairie, La.) – Considered perhaps the most complex component of the human body often misdiagnosed and mistreated, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has become only the third center in the United States to offer a state-of-the-art brain study designed to provide a clearer picture of disorders from traumatic brain injury to clinical depression. In partnering with CereScan®, a … Read More

DIS hosts CereScan open house

Dr. Gregory Hipskind, M.D. conducted an educational and clinical discussion regarding brain SPECT imaging completed at DIS, and analyzed by both DIS radiologists and Dr. Hipskind at CereScan. CereScan is CereScan is one of the country’s leading providers of SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) brain imaging for patients and physicians. Unlike an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) or a CT … Read More

Three large insurers join forces for health care price transparency

UnitedHealth Group (UNH) Inc., the largest U.S. health insurer, will lead an industry effort to throw a spotlight on the prices paid for health-care services, making their costs available to consumers on the Internet. The effort, organized by a nonprofit called the Health Care Cost Institute, builds on steps the Obama administration has taken to shed light on prices charged … Read More

People share their DIS experience

DIS continues to ask for feedback from people who visit us so that we can monitor how we are treating them and where we can improve our service. Here are some comments from those who visited us this past month: I’d like to start off saying Audrey was absolutely the kindest most polite woman I’ve ever encountered. She checked me in … Read More

Women: put your health savings or flexible spending accounts to work!

Diagnostic Imaging Services reminds women who want to opt for the 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) option for their screening mammogram that most often, the $50 fee for 3D can be paid by funds in a health savings account or flexible spending plan. Both of these types of savings options are intended to cover health-related fees that are not covered or totally covered … Read More

Study supports regular mammography screening in older women

August 5, 2014 — Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift toward earlier-stage diagnosis in women 75 years and older, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in Radiology. The study findings address the recent debate over the value of mammography screening in women in this age group, wrote the … Read More

Hospital charges man nearly $9,000 to bandage cut finger

Even though this story is not local, it is another indication of the serious issues between medical providers and insurance companies. Obviously, the amount of money charged as quoted in this story would be considered outrageous by nearly everyone (except maybe the hospital in this story), but it illustrates that in emergency or urgent situations, people are at high risk … Read More

News report: “Get ready to pay more”

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report regarding the continuing trend moving into 2015 of employers shifting more of the financial responsibility for healthcare onto employees through high deductible health insurance plans. The “new” part to it? Getting people to be better healthcare consumers is going to be the “big push.” People need to be vigilant and more aware that … Read More

Convenient ways to save time with DIS

Diagnostic Imaging Services reminds everyone that the ease of using our website, capitolimagingservices.com, gives people the opportunity to request scheduling a visit to a DIS location as well as register before their appointment to save even more time! Visit our online appointment request page to email our call center that you choose to visit DIS for your test. Visit our online … Read More

DIS Metairie joins in the ALS ice bucket challenge

Two more DIS employees accept the ALS ice bucket challenge. Fellow employees were more than happy to assist in providing the dousing! Kathy and Lisa challenged additional people to take the bucket blast — including one of our radiologists!    

Making Strides 2014 gets off to a rousing start!

Diagnostic Imaging Services was the proud sponsor of the 2014 American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Kickoff Breakfast. Held at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, hundreds came out to hear more about this year’s event and how we all can participate in this worthwhile cause. The event will be held Saturday morning, November 1 at Champions … Read More

DIS Marrero ice buckets its manager!

Diagnostic Imaging Services is proud of one of our operations managers, Craig, for accepting the ALS ice bucket challenge.  As you can see, his employees at our Marrero facility GLADLY assisted in his dousing! Click here to view Craig being cooled off for a great cause.    

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Diagnostic Imaging Services knows that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s time to increase the public’s understanding of the disease, including its prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated prostate cancer information throughout the year. Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men and is a leading cause of cancer death … Read More

Five unpleasant ways employers are cutting back on healthcare costs

The Affordable Care Act, perhaps better known as Obamacare, set in motion a series of changes that are drastically altering the health-services landscape. The law itself was designed for a few purposes. Primarily, it was enacted in order to reduce the amount of uninsured citizens in this country, and to help spread the cost of medical care across a greater … Read More

DIS Northshore “ice buckets” its operations manager!

Diagnostic Imaging Services salutes our Northshore operations manager, Tim, for accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge gauntlet that was thrown down last week. Not a bad way to cool off after a busy day and all for a very worthy cause!

An explanation of MRI during pregnancy

Courtesy of the American College of Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a four-minute presentation that is especially pertinent to women who are pregnant and are recommended to undergo an MRI. In general, doctors try to delay treating a medical problem, if possible, until after pregnancy. Therefore, if your doctor orders an MRI during your pregnancy, he/she is trying to address … Read More

How to figure out the cost of a medical procedure before it happens

DIS shares an article regarding tips to help people figure out the cost of medical care BEFORE having anything done. It’s a well-written and easy-to-understand guideline that divides healthcare into two distinguished groups:   Routine care Emergency care The first group is fairly easy; the big-ticket stuff, less so, though you can do some things to help yourself. In the … Read More

Did you know we perform thyroid therapy?

Courtesy of the American College of Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a three and one-half minute presentation about therapy offered at DIS for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease or toxic goiter. The thyroid is a gland in the neck that produces two hormones that regulate all aspects of the body’s metabolism, the chemical process of converting food into energy. … Read More