Archive for ‘Dear Readers’

July 31, 2015

Vaccines Save Lives!

Vaccines save lives. In a world before them, many people of all ages died from common and painful diseases. The adoption of vaccines into society brought about a radical change – a reduction of mortality across all ages, especially true for children. For pediatricians who lived through this medical revolution, it was time for cheers and champagne.

Now vaccines are again in the news – this time for sad reasons. Not everyone is getting them, and as a result, people are suffering. The good news is: we have the power to affect change. We can share the important message that vaccines work and help make sure that everyone gets their vaccines.

This is why Diagnostic Imaging Centers is proud to support Vaccines Work KC! On Sunday, August 2nd from 2p-4p at Mill Creek Park (better known as J. C. Nichols Fountain on the Plaza).

We believe in the power of knowledge and medicine – that the two can go hand in hand and make the world a healthier and safer place for all. We invite you to join us for family fun and sharing of knowledge – see you Sunday!

More details can be found here.

 

 

“Immunizations are the cornerstone of public health. I’ve seen many of the  diseases of the past  that are preventable with immunizations. When I was a young doctor I saw some of  these diseases and the damage they would do to children. I’ve seen countless lives saved by vaccines.

We don’t just vaccinate  for our health and safety, but for that of our children and our grandchildren and their children too. If we don’t continue to vaccinate today, the diseases like polio and meningitis that we have vaccines for and can eradicate will return to cripple, infect or kill children in the future. The future generations will  be asking why we didn’t do more to put an end to these diseases like we have done for smallpox.

“An act of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” This is why it’s important to get the word out and take care of our children now. We need to vaccinate everyone to put an end to diseases that are preventable! Vaccines work!”

Dr. Edna Perez-Koury

July 3, 2015

Have Fun and Take Care!

4th-of-July-Certus

Diagnostic Imaging Centers, P.A. is closed for the 4th of July (and not a day sooner)!

 

We wish you a happy, safe, healthy holiday weekend!

June 30, 2015

Farewell For Now… but You’ll Always Be an F.O.E.

Screenshot (7)We don’t like goodbyes around these parts, but we do occasionally find ourselves saying “so long for now and see you again soon…” At the end of July, Diagnostic Imaging Centers will bid farewell to Dr. Edwin Herman.

If you have been one of our regular patients over his past 45 years of service, you may well have been dubbed an “F.O.E.” – that would be “Friend of Eddie.” Dr. Herman loves his patients and colleagues dearly, and will gladly tell you so, given half the chance. And we love him back!

Dr. Herman recently announced his impending retirement via a company-wide email, which we are happy to share. Not only does he talk about the amazing history of Diagnostic Imaging Centers, he also talks about the amazing history of radiology. Progress in our field of expertise has been profound over the years – and amazingly fast (time flies!).

Below are his characteristically kind words and thoughts on his time in radiology, and at Diagnostic Imaging Centers:

You have all heard the “RUMOR.” It is a fact. I am retiring July 29th.

In 1970, I joined Radiologists, Inc., which was the forerunner of Diagnostic Imaging Centers. There were 4 of us at the time and Dr. Jeff was still in diapers.

In those days, we were “wet developing” x-rays (perhaps you have heard the phrase, “Can I get a “wet read on that?”)  We were wearing goggles during fluoroscopy and special procedures. We interpreted mammograms on Xerox paper. Nuclear medicine and ultrasound were in their infancy. It is shocking to see what once passed as advanced imaging. I have seen it all.

Over the past 45 years, we, Diagnostic Imaging Centers, have been on the leading edge of advances in imaging which, in 1970, we could never have conceived. CT and MRI have revolutionized the ability of radiologist to diagnose diseases far earlier and with greater accuracy The development of ultrasound and its subsequent improvements have particularly improved the field of women’s imaging. Nuclear medicine maintains a valuable role in the diagnosis of a multitude of disease processes. Just when I thought I was finished learning new technologies, along comes 3D Mammography, which gives us the ability to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage and with even greater sensitivity.

In 1985 we opened the College and Nall clinic. At great corporate and personal risk, we unveiled the first MRI in Johnson County and started the first full-service outpatient imaging center in the greater Kansas City area. It wasn’t easy in the beginning. At first we were seeing only 10-14 patients a day. Needless to say, we had a lot of time on our hands. It is amazing that today we perform over 1,000 exams per day. We have touched the lives of so many people.

As the Radiologists, Inc./Diagnostic Imaging Centers business model began to thrive, we subsequently opened many more imaging centers, serving the entire KC area.

WHAT A WONDERFUL JOURNEY IT HAS BEEN!!!!

This place is very special in so many ways and means so much to me and to my entire family. We have grown up here. In fact, we have grown older here.

I have been fortunate to have such wonderful partners, who will always be my colleagues and friends. I am so proud of their expertise, ability, compassion, and dedication to our patients. They are vital to our continued success.

The support staff, including the technologists, administrators, editors, medical records, front desk, couriers, help desk, public relations, and all are very dear to me! You keep a smile on my face and have played such an important role in my life.

Continue to take care of the ”F.O.E.s”. They really care about the amazing service they always receive. I have listened to them rave about all of you for decades. Never lose the drive to always provide that quality PATIENT-FIRST service. That is what separates us from all the rest.

I am confident that Diagnostic Imaging Centers will continue to be the BEST!!!!!

I am so proud of all of you. I wish you much success and lives filled with health, happiness, and good fortune.

Diagnostic Imaging Centers and its employees will always be in my heart.

THANK YOU FOR ACCOMPANYING ME ON MY JOURNEY.

I LUV you all so much.

EMH

April 14, 2015

We Love… KC C.A.R.E. One-Day Free Clinic!

the dr is inKansas City is hosting a FREE one-day clinic, open to all who need it. Here are the details:

For the medically underserved in the area, a team of local medical organizations including Diagnostic Imaging Centers is coming together to provide free healthcare on Saturday, April 18th at Bartle Hall from 10a-5p. No one will be turned away.

The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics in conjunction with the Kansas City C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic is bringing this special day to those in need in Kansas City. We are proud to be working with these great organizations.

At the C.A.R.E. Clinic, services offered will include: medical exams, medical tests (diabetes, cholesterol, pregnancy, HIV and EKGs), prescription medications, kidney screenings, and behavioral health care. Additionally, services to help with health insurance navigation, follow-up care, and health education are available that day.

While mobile mammography units will not be available on-site the day of the event, vouchers will be provided to women who cannot afford a mammogram with the vouchers providing a free mammogram at any of Diagnostic Imaging Centers’ six conveniently located outpatient offices.

The free screening mammogram vouchers are being provided thanks to our partnership with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation which is committed to “helping women survive.” The Foundation offers grants to clinics nationwide for screenings and mammograms for the uninsured and underinsured.

With scheduled or walk-in services and immediate results, Diagnostic Imaging Centers aims to take some of the frustration and worry out of breast imaging. Quick and easy, it’s approximately 20 minutes from check-in to check-out for a screening mammogram. Almost worry free!

To date, the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation has helped over 11,000 women receive breast care since its inception in 2010. To learn more about their services, please visit www.breastcancersurvivor.org. Diagnostic Imaging Centers takes care of the women of Kansas City to the tune of over 50,000 mammograms per year- a number that has been steadily increasing over the last fifty plus years of service to our community.

More details about the C.A.R.E. Clinic can be found here. To learn more about breast health, visit www.mammographykc.com.

May 19, 2014

Introducing Diagnostic Imaging Centers’ Overland Park Location (Part 1)

It’s Monday! Back to work and time to introduce you to our office in Overland Park, Kansas, just off the highway at College and Nall.

 

photoIn Overland Park, our office has grown over the years, and we have three separate office suites at the same site capable of fulfilling all of your imaging needs. In the multi-story building we have a general radiology center and a women’s health suite;  the adjacent one-story building is the site for MRI, open MRI and CT exams.

 

The general radiology suite (#100) is home to a team of 13 employees, ranging in specialities from fluoroscopic imaging to ultrasound, to nuclear medicine. Our front desk staff will greet you with a smile. If you have need to speak with our medical records staff, this is the office where they are located – although they can be reached by calling any of our offices.

 

What’s really great about this team of employees isn’t just their expertise in their fields of work but their attitude as a team.

 

First off, they are a team – truly working together to help each other out. This attitude of togetherness is focused on taking care of our patients as expertly and quickly as possible. From the moment someone walks in the door, our Overland Park staff aim to put people at ease and bring comfort to a procedure which may be stressful. The Overland Park office is comfortable with and has experience imaging patients of all ages – children needing imaging tests and their parents will be reassured to know we can handle children’s special imaging needs. We perform lots of fluoroscopic procedures at this office, including barium studies of the GI tract, arthrograms (special studies to look at the joints) and hysterosalpingograms or HSGs to help look for patency of the uterine tubes in women trying to become pregnant. Many of our patients are comforted to know that results can be phoned to their doctor’s office immediately.

 

Our employees are not only talented and well- educated – they are genuine people with passions for great causes (everything from the ASPCA to the Humane Society to Miles for Melanoma Research Foundation). They enjoy their part in meeting your health care needs and are passionate about caring for people as individuals. If you need a hand to hold during a procedure (don’t worry – many do!) or are so happy when you’re done you need a hug (don’t be surprised – many do!) our technologists are the folks there to help you out!

 

We like to share on our blogs what to expect when it comes to medical imaging, but we also like to share what to expect when you meet us. We want you to feel safe and comfortable. We often say we work for your best possible health, and our Overland Park Kansas team hopes to meet your imaging needs completely. Thanks for letting us help you.

Diagnostic Imaging Centers blogs on regularly about women’s health atwww.mammographykc.com and general radiology atwww.diagnosticimagingcenterskc.com. Visit our sites for more helpful information!

February 20, 2014

A Day in the Life of a Radiologist

LH at station

Let’s take a post to introduce ourselves. This will not be an introduction of us individually but rather a collective introduction. We are radiologists. We are medical doctors with 5 years of specialty training in radiology after medical school. That’s where we could have finished, but many of us did additional subspecialty training in different aspects of radiology like neuroradiology, ultrasound, body imaging, musculoskeletal imaging or breast imaging. So clearly we love schooling, training and practicing in radiology.

It is an exciting field where we have the pleasure and privilege of ‘looking inside’ our patients every day. This is how we take care of you. We carefully and thoughtfully examine imaging studies including CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, X-rays, mammography and fluoroscopy. In radiology we scrutinize images for both normal and abnormal findings in an attempt to detect causes for patients’ symptoms. Our interpretations help the referring doctor or clinician to care for patients. Often, imaging is the key to a diagnosis, from appendicitis to Zenker’s diverticulum.

In addition to looking at images, we perform procedures that are based on imaging – some of these for diagnosis, like barium examinations of the gastrointestinal tract, and many for therapy, like drainage of fluid collections or dilating arteries. Here, we get hands on time with our patients, helping to find problems and to provide solutions.

Admittedly we spend a fair share of time “behind the curtain” in a darkened reading room where images are shared via computer for interpretation. Rest assured we are never bored. Time flies between image interpretations, dictating cases, sharing information with our referring doctors and performing exams such as fluoroscopy or other procedures. Complex cases are the norm, and often require consultation between us as radiologists and your referring doctor. We have a key role in consulting with doctors and patients in ensuring the appropriate imaging study is done in the appropriate manner.

Your radiology test may not involve direct interaction with your radiologist – you will not see us every time. But we will be there, focused on your images to help keep you in your best health.
We love what we do – that’s why we’re here.

November 8, 2013

International Day of Radiology

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Copyright Public Domain

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen Copyright Public Domain

Today, November 8th, is the International Day of Radiology — Let’s Celebrate Together!

You can show your support by changing your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram profile picture for the occasion… or just print yourself a mask. (Some people are already getting silly with this – on the other side of the world even!)

So… yesterday was Madame Curie’s birthday, which we love to celebrate for so many reasons, as she was an amazing scientist and an amazing woman. Today is the anniversary of the discovery of x-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.

X-ray technology has revolutionized medicine, from conventional x-rays to check for broken bones to other modalities, such as CT scans and mammograms, which also use x-rays to form the images. These imaging techniques based on the x-ray allow an amazing view of the internal structure of our bodies, from our heads to our toes and every part in between. In short, medicine would not be what it is today without Röntgen’s discovery.

In a move of serendipity (perhaps not an accident…), November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and this year’s International Day of Radiology has a focus on lung health. We’re fans of our lungs (yours too)! On both of our blogs, we’ve written about scientific progress in imaging and early detection of lung cancer, as well as how to kick the smoking habit for the sake of good health, including breast health. Using CT techniques with low-dose, we now have a way of screening for and finding lung cancer – a method which will hopefully enable us to find smaller, more treatable lung tumors in those at high risk. Reducing risk is key – we should not lose sight of that in our celebration of lung health and imaging.

We love our jobs, based on the discoveries of amazing individuals, and through our blogs hope to educate people on how radiologists can help you on your path towards better health. We can’t imagine our world without the discovery of Röntgen – we applaud him and all the researchers in imaging since him who have had such a tremendous impact on medicine and health. Cheers, radiology!

October 28, 2013

Until 8pm on Tuesday (10/29!)

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 12.58.12 PMIn a timely move (pardon the pun) we, Diagnostic Imaging Centers, will have all six of our clinics open until 8 pm tomorrow evening Tuesday October 29 as part of our Breast Cancer Awareness Month observance. Awareness is the tip of the iceberg. Action is where it’s at.

 

As October draws to a close, and the end of year bustle looms, we want to make it easy for you to get your yearly mammogram completed. Walk-ins are welcome! Mammograms are encouraged! Excuses? Who’s got ‘em? You don’t need an appointment, the hours are convenient, and if you’re part of our Kansas City readership, it’s important to know we have six locations alllllll over the metropolitan area (including our fancy, newly relocated Olathe clinic)!

 

There’s never been a better time to be more responsible for your physical health than Right Now. Having you been procrastinating? “Too busy”? Well… how about Tuesday, after you drop the kids off at soccer? Maybe you need to grab a bite of dinner first? Tomorrow. Right Now is a good time to take advantage of the chance to give yourself your best possible health.

July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

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