A Look at Doctors Imaging’s Medical Equipment

At Doctors Imaging, we like to provide the best service, staff, and equipment along with the best price for our patients. We believe that everyone should have access to these machines so that they can be confident in their treatment plans and knowledgeable about their health conditions.

We have a 3T MRI and we offer an open MRI for the patients that feel uncomfortable or claustrophobic in the traditional MRI. A 3T MRI is the most powerful MRI machine for every part of the body and we are the region’s first freestanding center to offer its capabilities. There are other facilities and hospitals that use the 1.5T MRIs, but at Doctors Imaging, we want the most powerful equipment and since insurance companies usually charge the same price no matter what the equipment is, you can have the best equipment and images for a lower price than you would pay at a hospital.

In addition to our MRI machines, we also offer the low-dose CT machine, a powerful CT machine with the lowest radiation settings possible. We use the Toshiba Lightning Aquillon CT scanner with Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D software. With this technology, multiple “slices” or pictures of the examined area can be provided to doctors allowing them to see further and deeper into the body so they can give a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. This machine allows for up to 75% reduction rate in radiation as opposed to many other CT machines on the market. We understand that radiation exposure is a concern for many of our patients which is why we dedicate ourselves to providing the best and safest care possible.

At Doctors Imaging, we also provide digital X-rays so there is less radiation exposure from this as opposed to the traditional X-ray machines. We also offer 3D ultrasounds so that expectant mothers, as well as medical patients, can have the most in-depth and detailed images of their babies and bodies available to them.

We want people to know that if you need a medical imaging procedure, you are not required to go to a hospital. Instead, you can come to Doctors Imaging in Metairie and have an immediate appointment, almost no waiting time, fast results and a great affordable price.

Visit our Make an Appointment page or call 504-883-8111 for the best days and times for your imaging procedure.  

How Often Should Ex-Smokers Get Lung Cancer Screenings?

A low-dose CT scan of the chest is a good way to detect multiple diseases and disorders, including chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer.  Early detection of these diseases and disorders is essential to the successful fight against them.  The earlier they are detected, the better chance a patient has at survival.

This brings up a question, though.  If preventative screening is key to catching these diseases early, how often should one get tested?  Let’s take a look at today at one case in particular: a 55-year old ex-smoker who recently stopped smoking.

Our ex-smoker is 55 years old, and has had a history of smoking.  The patient has since stopped. The patient shows lung cancer symptoms now but is worried about an increased chance of developing lung cancer or some other respiratory condition in the future.

Where Public Health Organizations Agree

In August of 2011, the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography (LDCT) scans compared to chest X-ray reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20%, according to the American Lung Association.

As of December 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began recommending “annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.” Further, the USPSTF “concludes with moderate certainty that annual screening for lung cancer with LDCT is of moderate net benefit in asymptomatic persons who are at high risk for lung cancer based on age, total cumulative exposure to tobacco smoke, and years since quitting smoking.”

The American Lung Association is on the same page: Our patient should get tested if they are a current or former smoker aged 55 to 74 years old, has had a history of smoking for at least 30 packs per year and has no history of lung cancer.

Now, if our patient gets tested and the results come back with no signs of lung cancer, are they off the hook for future testing?

No. The patient should still be tested annually.

The goal here is prevention, and the best way to do this is through screening, according to the American Cancer Society. Our patient is likely to develop lung cancer, so preventative screening is the best way to keep them healthy and perhaps save a life.

If you’re looking for preventative screening services (such as a CT scan), come to Doctors Imaging. We’re radiologists concerned about quality patient care. Scheduling is easy, results are available online, our rates are below hospitals, and we accept every major insurance.

Lung Cancer Symptoms and Screenings

Lung cancer is one of the most aggressive and commonplace cancers in the world. More people die from lung cancer than any kind of cancer and over 218,000 new cases are reported every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The cancer is fast-moving. Without catching it in the early stages, survival chances decrease rapidly. That is why it is of the utmost importance for most smokers over the age of 55 to be screened with a CT scan for lung cancer.

The commonly reported lung cancer symptoms are:

  • a cough that doesn’t seem to go away
  • coughing up blood or bloody phlegm
  • severe, constant chest pain
  • shortness of breath or breathing issues

These issues can be easily confused with a severe cold or sickness. That may be part of the reason why people do not get properly screened. So if you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your physician about getting a low-dose CT scan to check for cancerous nodules or masses in the lungs.

Another reason that lung cancer screenings are not occurring with enough frequency is that current smokers may be hesitant to admit their habit in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. Cigarette smoking is still the #1 cause of lung cancer in America. And smokers are aware of the health risks (they are written right on the package of cigarettes) but they are addicted to the nicotine.

While tobacco itself is a dangerous plant, it is the additives in cigarettes that contribute to the developing of lung cancer. Dangerous substances from cigarette smoking include all kinds of chemicals like nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, cyanide, and arsenic. These chemicals are kept at low amounts. So they don’t kill customers quickly, but smokers die more slowly from diseases such as emphysema and lung cancer, all the while making smokers lifelong customers.

At Doctors Imaging, we don’t want shame and fear of results to keep patients from getting lung cancer screenings. Because of our equipment, experience, and other qualifications, we have been able to offer our services and help detect lung cancer and get our patients the treatment necessary. Our computed tomography capabilities are some of the best because we use the Siemens 64 slice CT, one of the best pieces of equipment for this purpose.

Find out if you may qualify for a low-dose CT scan. Even if you’re not eligible for a free exam based on your age or other qualifications, we’ll make sure you pay no more than $99 out of pocket. You can even request your appointment online. The sooner you get your exam, the sooner you can take the next step toward a healthier life.

A $99 Lung Cancer Screening 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.

we offer lung cancer CT scans for as low as $99

This groundbreaking discovery in cancer prevention and treatment came in 2011 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 initial 2011 publication, radiologists and other health professionals have been working tirelessly to educate patients about the benefits of CT scans, while also trying to ensure that the procedure is as affordable and convenient as possible. Since 2011, more support has emerged in support of low-dose CT scans for this screening:

All these developments should simply highlight the life-saving value of this lung cancer screening.

And 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. So we are offering lung cancer 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.

Patients may be interested to know that the test takes about 10 minutes, and does not require needles or medicine.

When you’re ready, you can schedule an appointment online or just call 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 if we catch lung cancer early enough.

Lung Cancer Detection in Louisiana Made Easy

Lung cancer is a devastating condition to suffer. There are as many as 228,000 new cases of lung cancer to be diagnosed in 2019 and as almost 142,000 people will die from lung cancer-related complications. This translates to about 1 in 15 men and 1 in 17 women will be likely to develop lung cancer. You can see that lung cancer statistics in the United States are alarming, which is why Louisiana doctors are committed to finding innovative ways and techniques to both detect and treat lung cancer.

As a patient, the symptoms of lung and or bronchi cancer can be difficult to see at first. Symptoms of lung cancer could be can be innocuous things like a cough that won’t seem to go away, chest pain with deep breathing or coughing, shortness of breath, feeling tired and weak or hoarseness in the voice. As you can see from this symptom list, these symptoms could be a bad chest cold. That is why lung cancer diagnoses are made when cancer has become serious or terminal because people are not trained to recognize the signs.

Like most cancers, there can be one reason or several reasons why someone develops cancer. Cigarette or tobacco smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. The Center for Disease Control has named smoking as “the number one risk factor for lung cancer” linking the habit to 80-90% of lung cancer diagnoses. Even if you are not a smoker, working or living around secondhand smoke can lead to lung cancer. Cigarette smoke is loaded with carcinogens and other toxic chemicals like tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide that can develop into lung cancer without ever even smoking a cigarette. Other risk factors for lung cancer include radon exposure, a naturally occurring gas that can be trapped in homes and buildings, that rises from the ground. You can have your home or office tested for radon levels and the EPA has a set of guidelines for lowering the radon levels in your dwelling. Other risk factors for lung cancer include family history or genetic issues as well as exposure to toxic substances like asbestos and chromium.

Louisiana is one state in particular that has a high instance of lung cancer. 68 per 100,000 residents have lung cancer and 51 per 100,000 die every year from the condition in Louisiana alone. With statistics like this, it is lucky that lung cancer detection in Louisiana has been made easier and more advanced with the help of local facilities like Doctors Imaging.

If you think that you may have lung cancer or would like to set up an appointment to discuss preventative measures, please contact Doctors Imaging in Metairie at 504-883-8111 Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.

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

http://www.doctorsimaging.com

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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 percentage 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 about 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 a high percentage.

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

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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