I think I broke a bone. What test should I get?

Humans are not perfectly designed machines. They get sick, fall down and get broken quite easily and more often than they like. Getting broken bones is never fun. It’s painful, may require a hospital visit and can be uncomfortable for several weeks afterward. Auto accidents, sports, and falls are some of the most common ways breaks and fracture occur. Regardless of age, bone fractures and breaks are always alarming because if not properly examined, muscles, ligaments and nerves can become damaged as well. So after the shock and excruciating pain of a bone break fades slightly, here are the tests your Radiologist will schedule to determine the extent of your damage.

X-rays

X-rays are the oldest and one of the most commonly used forms of medical imaging. X-rays use small amounts of radiation aimed at the body and in turn, the excited atoms relay the location and density of the internal structures of the body to the X-ray machine. Most facilities and hospitals use digital X-rays today which have much lower doses of radiation if that is a concern of the patient. Bones in particular become very prominent when using this method of medical imaging. Radiologists use X-rays so they can clearly see the area that has been broken, if there is an object lodged within the area or for determining if a patient needs to have surgery. Radiologists will primarily use an X-ray when examining a bone breakage because of the non-invasive nature of the procedure. The most uncomfortable part of this scan will likely be remaining still and relaxed especially if it irritates the area with the bone break. But it is important for patients to remain as still as possible so the image is not distorted.

MRI

In addition to the X-ray, your Radiologist may schedule a CT or MRI to better look at a potentially broken bone. Is this a reason to become worried? Certainly not. Radiologists like to be thorough and patients usually appreciate the extra effort. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a procedure that is commonly used for musculoskeletal disorders and concerns. MRIs use magnetic and radio waves to create their images. There is no radiation used but once again the patient will have to lie down on an examination table in order to have the MRI performed. This can be painful but necessary because when a bone breaks, there can be other damages surrounding break site. In order to determine if there are any ligaments, tendons, or nerves damaged around the break, Radiologists need to see more than just the bone.

Having a broken bone will never be considered an enjoyable experience, but with the advances in medical imaging technology, Radiologists will have more detailed images to help heal their patients. If you have a fracture or break, be sure to ask your doctor if you need these procedures so that you can be sure your therapy and healing process can be completed as quickly as possible.

Did you break your bone in Louisiana? We’ll provide you with the imaging tests you need to know the full extent of your injury. You can schedule an imaging appointment online, or call 504-883-8111. We’re conveniently located in Metairie, LA.

Do You Know When it’s Time to Get an MRI?

It happens to everyone, we all try to decide if it’s really necessary to go to the doctor and get checked out. It can be difficult to know when it’s time to get a professional’s opinion and unlike when you have the flu and can simply check if you have a fever with in-home technology, it is even harder to recognize when your doctor might think it’s time to go to an outpatient imaging center and get an MRI. To make this decision easier, we have identified some signs that it’s perhaps time to get a diagnostic test such as an MRI.

  • You feel like you have soft tissue damage—MRIs are a highly accurate way of analyzing tissue structures and therefore showing any injuries to muscles, tendons or ligaments.

  • You feel like you have a spinal injury—MRIs are also very effective at spotting spinal injuries ranging from herniated discs to spinal stenosis to spinal tumors.

  • You have abdominal problems—MRIs are a useful tool for diagnosing pancreatic and liver disease and various other abdominal problems.

  • You think you mayhave vascular problems—, like blockage or an aneurism. MRIs can examine many areas of the head and body in great depth and can then assist in determining their if there is a problem.

When determining the best course of action in your health care, it is important to identify the most effective testing methods. Doctors Imaging is an established and accredited imaging center in the Greater Jefferson/New Orleans area, and they can help you and your doctor determine your problem and it’s solution.. MRIs serve as a useful tool in diagnosing medical conditions, but after getting your MRI results, it is imperative for you to receive the proper follow-up care as well.

Doctors Imaging has recently introduced a new Lung Cancer Screening program using a 19 second low dose CT scan for only $99

What started as just one day of awareness nearly 20 years ago has turned into a month full of spreading news and important information about lung cancer to a global audience.  Lung Cancer awareness month is dedicated to educating people of the risks associated with the disease, ways to help prevent it, and to treat it.

Doctors and researchers are dedicated to decreasing the amount of deaths due to lung cancer through earlier detection and extensive screening. Lung Cancer is currently the leading cause of death among cancers, but with CT screening professionals think they can help through non-invasive tests.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is an organization that is devoted to helping advocate for those affected by the disease and spread awareness. Most people don’t know some of the shocking facts and figures ( about Lung Cancer. Here are five that we find the most astounding:

  1. A high percent of people diagnosed with Lung Cancer are current or former smokers

  2. It kills over 150,000 people a year—the second cause of death in the US next to heart disease

  3. Awareness is key because Lung Cancer research gets less government funding than Breast, Prostate, or Colon cancer

  4. Only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed early enough that the disease is still confined to the primary site because of lack of screening

  5. There is only a 15.9 five-year survival rate


The key to early detection and treatment is awareness, and so for Lung Cancer awareness month, we encourage you to share these facts and figures with your friends and families!

For further information about Lung Cancer Screening, call Doctors Imaging at  (504) 883-8111 or click onto

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The Debate on Lung Cancer Screenings

Blog Image 1-1If you had the choice to cure cancer in a loved one versus not doing so, what would you choose? This may seem like a silly question, but curing early lung cancer may actually be this simple for many heavy smokers that you know.
In a recent interview with Dr. Claudia Henschke of Mount Sinai Hospital, she lays it out to be this straight forward. Dr. Henschke and her colleagues introduced CT scans as an alternative to chest x-rays in the early 1990s. CT scans can detect cancer much earlier, and since a high percent of those who die of lung cancer could have been saved with early detection, CT scans have been instrumental in lowering lung cancer fatalities.

So, who gets tested? According to the American Cancer Association, you should get a low dose CT scan of your lungs if you are considered a high risk patient which includes people who are 55 to 74 years and in fairly good health, have a smoking history equivalent to a pack a day for 30 years, and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. These parameters can include healthy people who don’t suffer from any visible health issues.

Regardless of whether or not people think they are sick, it is recommended to get tested anyways. At Doctors Imaging we provide low dose CT lung screenings for only $99.

There is some concern to the use of CT screenings because the images obtained are so detailed and clear. These scans can indicate the smallest of noncancerous nodules causing some medical professionals to worry about the unnecessary attention the CT scans will cause. These concerns are minimized by having qualified physicians involved with their patients in health care decisions. However, the real question is how many lives can these screenings save? Of the 200,000 people diagnosed every year, early detection can often cure to a high percentage..

Here at Doctors Imaging, we think screening is very important.

The Truth Behind Thyroid Disorders

Trends are everywhere, even in the health world. So right now kale and quinoa are the it foods and there are about a million barre workouts that are sure to change your body and make you the fittest you’ve ever been. The it health problem right now seems to be thyroid problems. Everyone says they know someone with a Thyroid disorder, disease, or cancer. And while it’s unclear whether or not quinoa and Pure Barre are going to save your life, getting screened and being conscious of Thyroid disorders could.

The most astounding statistic on thyroid problems from the American Thyroid Association is that 12 percent of the US population will develop a thyroid problem. This means that 20 million Americans have some kind of thyroid disorder. To put that number into perspective, that is more than twice the total population of New York City. Women are between five and eight times more likely to have a thyroid problem than men, which means one in every eight women will experience a problem in their lifetime.

These statistics are alarming, and a little bit scary at first, but the reason this information is important is that most thyroid disorders are manageable with treatment. And since the reason for thyroid disorders is largely unknown, it is imperative that people get tested.

Screenings and early treatment help allow the significant number of Americans with thyroid problems live normal and healthy lives. At Doctors Imaging we offer high resolution thyroid ultrasound to evaluate thyroid problems. We offer these non-invasive scans at a price up to 50 percent less than the neighboring hospitals helping keep the New Orleans community as healthy as possible.

What does your $25 co-pay really pay for?

Medical Bills are always confusing. What does your $25 co-pay really pay for? Is it the 3 band-aids you used after your shots, the shots themselves, or could it be the janitor’s salary? Patients don’t always get the breakdown of exactly what they’re paying for. So how do patients know they’re paying fair and reasonable rates?

In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, The cure for the $1000 toothbrush, Tina Rosenberg delves into the wonders of insurance and tries to get to the bottom of what exactly patients are paying for and how much. Patients may see they’re only paying 50% of the industry average, but when the industry average for a toothbrush is $1000, $500 doesn’t seem like the bargain patients were looking for.

If someone asked you how much a night in the hospital costs, would you know the answer? If you said no, you’re not alone. At a conference of CEOs on controlling healthcare costs, none of the CEOs knew the current cost for one night in the hospital.

The healthcare industry is complex, and while it is impossible to understand every bill or know you’re paying 73% less than your next door neighbor, patients should shop around for reasonable prices.

Doctors Imaging prides itself on offering imaging services for up to 50% less than neighboring hospitals, and what this really means for you is a $99 lung cancer screening. In a world of confusing bills and misleading breakdowns, Doctors Imaging can offer concrete and competitive prices to the New Orleans area.

Sports Injuries On The Rise: Protect Your Athletes

Sports injuries are specific injuries sustained during competitive athletics or other exercise, usually affecting the musculoskeletal system or the muscles, bones, ligaments and/or  cartilage. Head injuries often occur while engaged in contact sports like football. Proper training, protective equipment and other precautions can often prevent sports injuries.

Still, even the most careful athletes can suffer an unexpected injury, especially those who play contact and team sports.With Fall sports season ramping up, Doctors Imaging wants to stress the importance regarding your radiologist’s role in diagnosis and treatment of your athlete’s sports injury.

To accurately diagnose your injury or condition, your physician may suggest an X-ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) ,Computed Tomography (CT) or ultrasound to provide images of the affected area.

·  X-rays are often used for diagnosing fractures.

·  MRIs are useful in diagnosing injuries to the ligaments, tendons and other tissues.

·  CT scans are used less frequently in sports medicine but can be helpful for more complex orthopedic issues.

·  Ultrasound provides great detail in evaluating the soft tissues around joints, tendons and muscles and is often used for image-guided procedures such as anesthetic injections.

·  MRI with special techniques like 3T SWI is used to look in detail for subtle contact head injuries that occur during football, soccer etc.

Doctors Imaging uses the latest technology to offer the highest level of imaging available at the most affordable price. Our exclusive Real-Time Results guarantee that our athlete patients will receive a preliminary report before they leave, giving you and your athlete peace of mind. Learn more about our imaging services, or schedule an imaging exam by calling 504-883-8111.

Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Recommended By USPSTF

In a groundbreaking move for the American radiology industry, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that high-risk patients receive low-dose CT scans to screen for lung cancer. The announcement follows previous evidence which indicated that preventive CT scans are effective in reducing lung cancer deaths. Healthcare professionals across the country are already praising the announcement for sparking an important progression in the fight against cancer. In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Harold E. Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, said the recommendation would “change the way people think about lung cancer.” Dr. Michael LeFevre, a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, told the Times that widespread use of CT scans could prevent around 14 percent of lung cancer deaths each year.

 

At Doctors Imaging, we are looking forward to the positive benefits this announcement will have on our patients and their families. As an American College of Radiology accredited facility, we will be working alongside healthcare providers throughout the nation to spread awareness on how low-dose CT scans can prevent lung cancer deaths. While prior studies had been published promoting the benefits of CT screenings, the USPSTF’s endorsement is nonetheless an important step forward for radiologists everywhere. Healthcare professionals nationwide will be working to raise awareness about the importance of CT scans, and their efforts will be assisted by several government organizations, including Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Cancer Institute.

 

We bring this news to you, our loyal patients, because we are dedicated to providing the community with up to date information on how our low-cost, high-quality services can benefit your overall healthcare experience. We offer low-dose CT scans for only $99, a price unmatched by area hospitals. For more on our services, staff, and appointment information, please visit our website (link) or call 504-883-8111 to speak with a live representative.

 

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Low-Dose CT Scans Could Save Your Life

Are you a longtime smoker, or a former heavy smoker? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you can reduce your risk of death from lung cancer by 20% when you receive a low-dose CT scan.

This groundbreaking discovery in cancer prevention and treatment came two years ago, when the New England Journal of Medicine published a study supporting the value of CT scans in detecting lung cancer more effectively than traditional X-rays.


Since the publication, hospitals and imaging centers have been working tirelessly to inform patients about the benefits of CT scans, while also trying to ensure that the procedure is as affordable and convenient as possible. Currently, Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the screening, making it difficult for many patients to get the testing they need to ensure long term health.

That’s where Doctors Imaging comes in. We don’t operate like a hospital or traditional imaging center. For us, the patient always comes first, which is why we offer Real-Time Results at the lowest prices available. Doctors Imaging provides CT scans for as low as $99, a price you won’t find anywhere else in the Greater New Orleans area. In many cases our CT scans are half the cost of a standard X-ray at the hospital. Want more information on how we stack up against your other options for imaging services? Just view our Compare Prices. If you like what you see, we invite you to request a risk-free, no obligation, personalized quote. When you’re ready, you can schedule an appointment online, or by calling 504-883-8111 to speak with a live representative. But don’t wait too long. Imaging services like low-dose CT scans can save your life.

Radiologic Imaging

Radiologic Imaging Proved To Decrease Healthcare Costs

Radiologic imaging for diagnosis has been proven to save lives and decrease healthcare costs. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound (US), and computed tomography (CT) are essential to the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of lesions, cancer and many other serious diseases. However, over the last few decades, the United States has experienced increased costs in diagnostic radiology, thus leading many to question the importance of imagery testing. Recently, researchers in the field have sought to understand how the general public values information provided by imagery tests. The results from these studies show that despite the costs, the American public agrees that imaging tests are essential for diagnosis.
Early this May, Siemens conducted a study which showed that 92 percent of Americans felt that the need to have up-to-date information regarding their own health was as important as actually having access to a physician. Results also showed that 78 percent of respondents would consent to a diagnostic procedure even if the results determined that no treatment or cure could be offered. 97 percent agreed that in undergoing imaging tests to rule out certain diagnoses, money would be saved in the long run by avoiding costly treatments.
At Doctors Imaging, we understand that when it comes to your health, you expect the best. We believe in delivering high quality services, and we also value our patients’ economic concerns. Therefore, we are committed to offering the most rapid results at the lowest cost. With our Real-Time Results, patients can receive their diagnosis before leaving our office, and the costs are much less than what they would pay at a hospital imaging center.