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

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

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

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

Why do women choose Diagnostic 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 Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS). The reasons vary, … 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

Woman grateful for our High Field Open Sided MRI System

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) received the following note from a woman who came to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie this month for her Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam: I went for my first MRI today, 11/21/12 & the technician in Metairie was wonderful. She helped me tremendously. I’m claustrophobic, but she talked me through it & made … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIS is the clear-cut choice for women and physicians when it comes to mammograms

DIS knows that we have served thousands of women with our women’s health examinations in screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, bone density studies, breast MRI and breast biopsy. We are the ONLY OUTPATIENT IMAGING PROVIDER in the greater New Orleans area that has a dedicated Women’s Center — designed, decorated and with the ambiance just for women. Just because a … Read More

What do people think of their DIS patient experience?

For those who chose to come to Diagnostic Imaging Services in April for their exam, here’s what some said about their experience: “(It was a) great experience — I’m not sure why women have such a fear of mammograms.  It was hardly invasive or uncomfortable.  Kelly did a great job of making me feel calm and comfortable.” “I requested DIS … Read More

Save yourself about 10 minutes!

People who have had an appointment scheduled for an imaging examination at DIS can now register online with us, avoiding the need to arrive approximately 10 minutes ahead of their test in order to complete our necessary paperwork. Follow this tutorial to see how simple and easy it is to register online with us IN ADVANCE of your visit. Register … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches 3T MRI service

May 15, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – Being the imaging provider with the strongest truly open architecture magnet in Louisiana has become even more distinct with the installation of a cutting-edge 3T MRI system. This combination creates the only facility in the greater New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana area with ultra high field and a non claustrophobic MRI with a 1.2T … Read More

One hospital charges $8,000 — another, $38,000

Consumers on May 22, 2013 will finally get some answers about one of modern life’s most persistent mysteries: how much medical care actually costs. For the first time, the federal government will release the prices that hospitals charge for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. Until now, these charges have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding … Read More

Scientists Locate Biomarkers for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Researchers trying to find the key to a mysterious group of digestive ailments have located a number of biomarkers for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Their discovery could lead to earlier diagnoses and intervention for individuals still asymptomatic. A team of scientists from the University of Cincinnati analyzed data from the Department of Defense Serum Repository (DoDSR), a collection of biological information, according to ScienceDaily. Its … Read More

Wait three weeks for an MRI? Just say no!

DIS was contacted by a person on Friday, May 24, 2013 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 … Read More

Why The Link Between Childhood Cancer and CT Scans May Be Overblown

Another study is adding to the growing body of evidence that CT scans in childhood can be linked to cancer later on. The new study, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, looked at seven U.S. health care systems and the use of CT scans on the head, abdomen, pelvis, chest and spine in kids under age 15. CT scans are considered one of … Read More

What is the difference between an MRI and a CT scan?

Here is a brief excerpt from an answer to the question posed above, provided by Paul Christo, M.D., Director, Pain Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a useful tool in evaluating the spine. An MRI is non-invasive, does not use radiation, and provides good visualization of the spinal ligaments, a herniated … Read More

Better than mammography? CT lung screening is cost-effective

By Brian Casey, AuntMinnie.com staff writer June 25, 2013 — The economics of CT lung cancer screening measure up to other population-based screening programs such as mammography in terms of cost-effectiveness, according to an analysis of data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) that was presented on Monday at a U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) meeting. This follow-up analysis … Read More

Learn the difference between DIS and hospital imaging centers

Diagnostic Imaging Services is an independent freestanding outpatient imaging company serving the greater New Orleans area. To the vast majority of the general public, there may not be any difference between us and another organization offering similar services. But, there is a HUGE difference between DIS and hospital imaging centers. Click on the below to watch our presentation and learn … Read More

What do people visiting DIS for the first time think of their experience?

Here are comments from people who came to DIS in May and June for the very first time, describing their overall experience: Everything was great. I will definitely return, if I have to have any further testing. I have had plenty of CT scans and this was the best yet.  Thank you. I was very nervous about getting an MRI … Read More

Digital Mammography Cancer Detection Rates May Vary Significantly

Released: May 14, 2013 Media Contacts: RSNA Media Relations: 1-630-590-7762 OAK BROOK, Ill. — Digital direct radiography (DR) is significantly more effective than computed radiography (CR) at detecting breast cancer, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The findings are the first to show a difference between the two types of digital imaging when compared with … Read More

Essure® confirmation test performed at DIS

DIS is one of the few, if not the only, freestanding outpatient imaging center that performs the Essure® Confirmation Test. What is Essure®? Essure® is a surgery-free permanent birth control procedure that works with a woman’s body to create a natural barrier to prevent pregnancy. The Essure® Confirmation Test is performed three months after an Essure® procedure and usually takes about … Read More

Family cancer risk may be wider than relative’s specific type

People with a family history of cancer have an increased risk of developing not only the same cancer, but also a different form of the disease, according to a study published in the journal Annals of Oncology. Researchers from Italy, Switzerland and France analyzed 12,000 cases of cancer occurring in 13 different sites of the body between 1991 and 2009. These were compared … Read More

Study finds link between women’s height and cancer risk

Women’s chances of developing cancer after menopause increase with their height, according to a new study. Among nearly 145,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79, researchers found that height was more strongly associated with cancer than such established risk factors as obesity. The association held true for everything from thyroid cancer to melanoma, researchers reported in the latest … 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. These may include tumors, stones, inflammation or infection. evaluate patients … Read More

A West Bank hospital advertises a CT lung screen for $150

At Diagnostic Imaging Services, the same exam is only $99…                                                 No multi-level parking garages, with few open spaces, dimly lit and lots of traffic. No elevators to ride. No stairs to climb. No hectic corridors. Doesn’t … Read More

Diagnostic Imaging Services launches advanced Prostate MRI program

August 12, 2013 (Metairie, La.) – A new cutting-edge prostate digital imaging system has been incorporated with a leading-edge 3 Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system at a freestanding independent outpatient imaging center in Metairie, LA. The result? The creation of an advanced prostate MRI program that is truly unique to the greater New Orleans area, state of Louisiana … Read More

Early cancer signs men may be ignoring

There are some important early warning signs of cancer that young men often overlook. These include the obvious like lumps or growths but also include recurring fevers and discoloration under the nail bed. Early detection of these symptoms can help lead to early diagnosis. To view the report, visit https://screen.yahoo.com/early-cancer-signs-men-may-040000756.html