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

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

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

DIS Marrero receives continued accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging Services’ facility in Marrero 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 Schedule must … 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

Why say YES to DIS?

Five centers, more than any other New Orleans area outpatient imaging organization. Exam prices that are far less than southeast Louisiana hospital imaging centers. Flexible payment terms and options for those with costs not covered by insurance. Self-pay pricing for people without health insurance coverage. Home of the patient-friendly open MRI, the best solution for those who are claustrophobic. Bottom … Read More

People love coming to DIS!

DIS regularly surveys people who visit us for their imaging exam needs, in order for us to make sure we are delivering on our promise of a warm welcome, pleasant experience and sincere thank you. We also want to give people the opportunity to tell us what they think and where we can improve. Here’s a sampling of what people, … 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 MRI, can find prostate cancer with very high accuracy. Diagnostic Imaging Services performs 3T multi-parametric MRI and combines it with a digital imaging system to … Read More

Diagnostic 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, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) has become the first organization of its kind to offer tomosynthesis (3D mammography). Women who undergo routine mammograms at the DIS Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center now have the option to utilize the latest diagnostic technology available to them, digital … Read More

What’s a more attractive price: $1,955 or $758?

Diagnostic 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 DIS. Below is the actual invoice received. This charge is before the application of any insurance discounts, based on the agreement with the insurance company. This exam … Read More

Why is 3D mammography offered at DIS?

With the introduction of 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) at our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie, 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 with a family history … 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

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.    

Single energy femur exam exclusively offered at DIS

DIS is the first provider in the New Orleans area to offer single energy (SE) femur exams on a DEXA bone density study platform for the assessment of features associated with atypical femur fractures (AFF). This first-of-its-kind capability assists clinicians in their assessment of potential AFF in patients who have been on anti-resorptive treatments such as bisphosphonates. This quick 15-second SE Femur … Read More

DIS Metairie Breast MRI received three-year ACR accreditation renewal

Diagnostic Imaging Services has announced that our breast MRI service in Metairie has been awarded another three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Lead by a DIS MRI technologist, Brandi, DIS met or exceeded standards set by the ACR for quality, patient safety, reporting, technology and expertise. DIS performs breast MRI in Metairie on our high field open … Read More

The fee for not having health insurance “soars” in 2015

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report on the significant increase in the penalty that will be levied on those people who do not have health insurance. According to the report, the maximum penalty per family in 2014 looks like a bargain now at $285, a hike of nearly 250%. The fee will continue to get stiffer in 2015 when it … Read More

Ultrasound — it’s just not for pregnant women!

Has your doctor prescribed and ultrasound and you are wondering what it is? Do you think the only time ultrasound is used is during pregnancy? According to the Mayo Clinic, “an ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce relatively precise images of the structure within your body.” Ultrasound is non-invasive and provides valuable information … Read More

Hmmmm… interesting

Recently, a person living in the greater New Orleans area used our online appointment request tool to send us an email to have us contact her to schedule an ultrasound. The interesting thing? This person works for a local hospital. Even hospital employees know the advantages of visiting Diagnostic Imaging Services. Say YES. Spend LESS.

Tips for effective breast cancer screening after breast augmentation surgery

A mammogram is a diagnostic tool used to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Research has shown that regular mammograms can lead to detection of breast cancer at less advanced stages, which can prevent the need for more radical cancer treatment such as mastectomy. Studies have shown that a woman who selects a breast augmentation surgery and has breast … Read More

Prices for over 70 medical procedures are now online

Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. But an online tool that went live in February is supposed to help change that, giving patients in most parts of the country a small peek at the prices of medical tests and … Read More

DIS offers May screening mammogram special in recognition of Mother’s Day

DIS performs screening (and diagnostic) mammograms at all four of our facilities. During the month of May, we offer a special screening mammogram price of only $99. This price special is valid May 1 – May 31, 2015. Our Women’s Center in Metairie will be open each Saturday during May to offer weekend screenings. If you have about 20 minutes, come see … Read More

WSJ: Should MRI to detect prostate cancer become standard of care?

A growing body of evidence proves MRI can effectively identify suspicious lesions prior to biopsy. MRI generally does not detect indolent tumors that do not require treatment and can guide biopsy needles for more precise targeting. This reduces the necessity for repeat biopsies while increasing detection rates for high-risk, high-grade prostate cancers. However, the practice of using MRI to detect … Read More

Medical scans and radiation: be informed and know before you go

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a Reuters news story about medical scans. This topic is visited nearly annually, discussing the “increased risks” of getting scans that involve ionizing radiation, such as x-rays or Computed Tomography (CT) scans. The important point is this. The medical community needs to, and has in our opinion, been much better at understanding the appropriate use of imaging … Read More

Does diet affect the risk of developing breast cancer?

According to the American Cancer Society, “A healthy diet can also help you get to and stay at a healthy weight. Overweight and obesity increase the risk for getting breast cancer. What’s less clear is the link between breast cancer risk and any one food type. Many studies about foods and breast cancer risk have had different results, but no … Read More

Lawmakers criticizing report questioning benefits of mammograms for women in their 40s

In a recent new story, over 60 members of Congress, some speaking in very personal terms, asked the Department of Health and Human Services to reject a report from an independent health panel questioning the benefits of regular breast cancer screenings for women in their 40s. Citing concerns that if the Department of Health and Human Services concurs with the recommendations of the Preventative Services … Read More

TV personality battling breast cancer, urges women to be screened

Popular TV chef and author Sandra Lee has breast cancer, she revealed in a tearful interview that aired on “Good Morning America”. Lee, 48, told “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, about the moment she got the news. She said she was doing a photo shoot for the Most Beautiful issue of People magazine on … Read More

Fewer men get prostate PSA cancer test

Fewer American men are receiving prostate cancer screening in the wake of a national panel’s conclusion that the test does men more harm than good, a new study finds. What’s more, primary care doctors appear to have broadly accepted the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) ruling that the harms of prostate screening outweigh the benefits, according to a second … Read More

What is ICD-10 and why should you care

People may have heard over the years that health care in America has started and stopped, started and stopped, on the road to ICD-10. What exactly is that? ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). It contains codes for diseases, … Read More

Data shows large rise in list prices at hospitals

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a news report showing that list prices at hospitals across the United States have risen at a pace that outpaces inflation. Most people with health insurance, including those receiving Medicare, won’t ever a see a bill for the hospital’s list price because the insurer negotiates a lower rate. But these rising charges are a growing concern … Read More

Fusion/Image Merge studies added to DIS suite of services

Over the past few months, Diagnostic Imaging Services has performed numerous fusion/image merge studies. What does that mean exactly? Typically, DIS performs a nuclear medicine bone scan and a Computed Tomography (CT)  or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan. Then, through post processing via computer software, images from the nuclear medicine test and either the CT or MRI are merged together … Read More

Even medical professionals may not understand healthcare pricing!

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a short story about the misunderstanding that even doctors have about healthcare pricing and costs for patients. Recently, two physicians told our staff that a local hospital was less expensive than DIS for a particular procedure — a procedure often not covered by insurance. When fully explained by DIS, the physicians didn’t understand that what they … Read More

When would my doctor recommend a 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 … Read More

What is the role of a radiologist within health care?

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis of disease through interpreting imaging exams. Many patients would be surprised to know that after they get an imaging study, there is a physician behind the scenes who carefully reviews all of their images, and uses the provided clinical history to form a diagnosis! Radiologists interpret radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, nuclear medicine exams, … 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

Have you spoken with your benefits value advisor?

Do you know if you have one? For many health insurance carriers, members (i.e. policy holders) can usually call or email an advisor that will assist in identifying benefits information, cost estimates and information on in-network providers for health care services. For services including surgeries, specialty procedures AND medical imaging tests such as MRI or CT scans, advisors can be … Read More

Attention all savers!

Diagnostic Imaging Services believes we will save people money on their imaging exams while providing the same, if not better, quality of care. How is that possible? Click on the picture to find out more.  

What is arthropathy?

Have you ever been told by a doctor or health care provider that you have arthropathy? Let’s make a little sense of this medical term. Arthropathy means any disease of the joints. A joint is a place where two bones contact each other. The main form of joint disease is arthritis, which is joint inflammation. There are different forms of arthritis … Read More

DIS sponsors Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast

Diagnostic Imaging Services participated in the 2015 New Orleans area American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff breakfast held on August 5 at the Audubon Tea Room. Hundreds of supporters, volunteers, staff and survivors came together to hear inspirational stories and to generate a new level of enthusiasm for this year’s event. The New Orleans Making Strides walk … Read More

DIS recognizes National Health Center Week

Throughout the week of August 9-15, 2015, Community Health Centers across Louisiana will celebrate National Health Center Week.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “America’s Health Centers:  Celebrating Our Legacy, Shaping Our Future.” This week-long observance allows Louisiana’s Community Health Centers the opportunity to raise awareness about the crucial role they play in our state’s healthcare system and showcase their facilities to … Read More

What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a two-minute brief explanation that answers the question regarding prostate cancer symptoms. Prostate cancer may cause no signs or symptoms in its early stages. Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms. Learn more by viewing the video below, courtesy of the Prostate Cancer Live channel on YouTube.  

Don’t believe “your insurance will pay for it”

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares the experience of one woman who wrote an October 2014 piece for Forbes magazine. As many discover — and DIS has warned — trying to find the TRUE cost of an imaging exam such as an MRI is much more time-consuming that it should be. Because of the convolution of prices that DIS refers to as … Read More

Another example of the higher cost of hospital imaging exams

Diagnostic Imaging Services received this copy from a woman who visited a New Orleans area hospital for an ultrasound of the abdomen. DIS performs two ultrasounds of the abdomen: CPT code 76700 abdominal complete CPT code 76705 abdominal limited As you can see from the image, the radiology charge from the hospital was $1,224.00. DIS performs CPT code 76700 with … Read More

Like many — we have come a long way

 As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we thought we would share how far Diagnostic Imaging Services has come since late August 2005. Our clinics and administration areas suffered heavy damage due to the storm and its ensuing flooding and post-storm chaos. However, again, like many, we pulled together, persevered and did what we had to do collectively to … Read More

Tips for talking to your doctor about price

Taking an active role in your health and communicating with your doctor is critical to getting good healthcare; that includes discussions around cost. Here are some tips on preparing for discussions with your doctor about price. Get educated. Before you go to your appointment, become familiar with your health plan. Find out about your co-pay, deductible and what procedures are … Read More

What do people think of their DIS visit?

While we know that despite our very best efforts, we will never be perfect. But, as the sports analogy goes, in trying to attain perfection, you can achieve excellence. In being an independently-owned outpatient imaging provider, Diagnostic Imaging Services wants the experience people have at one of our locations to be a memorable one — and for all the right reasons. … Read More

Financial assistance for advanced prostate cancer patients

Diagnostic Imaging Services shares a valuable resource for men and their families who are seeking financial assistance in their bout with prostate cancer. ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to end prostate cancer. They lead the fight to end the disease by advancing research, encouraging action, and providing education and support … Read More

Major product improvement software release completed on the DIS high field open MRI

Diagnostic Imaging Services is pleased to announce that our Oasis high field open MRI has received a major product improvement software release — an improvement that only DIS has received within the state of Louisiana. The results are outstanding!   High resolution angiography studies done with MRI that produces stellar images of a patient’s arteries and veins — images that … Read More

Five things women should remember…

If they hear the words, “you have breast cancer.” No doubt, a breast cancer diagnosis is scary. But it’s important to understand that women have more options than ever before and, when it comes to beating breast cancer, knowledge is power. The author, a medical physician, offers five things all women should remember. The good news is that in just … Read More