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October 29, 2013

A Blood Test for Lung Cancer

We’re fans of whole-body health and that means all the parts… but we’ve been keen on lungs lately. Who needs a good reason? We all enjoy breathing.

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We’ve talked about the power of CT for lung cancer diagnosis (here and here) and even covered the topic of smoking-related breast cancer risk over on our mammography blog (here). Today we’d like to talk about more good news in the world of lung health: a potential alternative to current management of lung nodules found on a CT scan. Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of cancer death in the US – for men and women.

While the research (and technology) is still in the early phases, it looks like a promising future in the search (and hopefully destroy) mission for early detection of lung cancer. In a study published on October 16th in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a new blood test was unveiled that can aid in finding lung cancer in a minimally invasive manner. The article is a heady read, so we’re going to break it down for you:

If a patient has a lung nodule, the current next step is often a biopsy, possibly with surgery or imaging guided. This new blood test screens for a select set of proteins that can help determine if the nodules are benign or cancerous.  So, a normal blood test could potentially save a person from undergoing a biopsy or alternatively might lead doctors to surgery at an early treatable stage.

Working in a scientific field, we know that further studies must confirm the initial positive results before anyone can shout this as a revolution. But we are thrilled and optimistic that there’s progress being made in early detection of lung cancer – because early detection saves lives.

Additional reading here.

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.

October 11, 2013

Monday is Moving Day in Olathe!

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August 16, 2013

KC Business Journal Notes Our High Level of Care… and Affordable Level of Costs

When it comes to being experts, we are confident radiologists. We work hard, we work as a team, we learn and grow continuously, and we don’t treat knowledge like it’s a secret. We want you to be able to make the best possible health choices by arming you with the best possible information. This is why we are here – for you, for your health.

We are crazy about our patients, we are crazy about women’s health, we are crazy about radiology… and when a patient can’t get access to affordable care, that makes us the other kind of crazy.

Medical costs, insurance, the Affordable Care Act – these are all important things to talk about, and very difficult to discuss at times. This is why we generally focus on your health, with less emphasis on our clinics specifically. But we – Diagnostic Imaging Centers –  were recognized by the KC Business Journal because of our best practices. We strongly feel the need to impart a different kind of empowering information. Let’s talk:

1. You have a choice in where you go for medical imaging. When your doctor orders a medical imaging study.… You can say, “Stop. I want to look at my options. And I choose ___.”

2. Medical costs should not be shrouded in mystery. Call around. Some hospitals and clinics “can’t”/won’t give you a straight answer. But some will. (Take one guess what our policy is… hint: we share actual numbers.)

3. Quality is quantifiable. While bedside manner is hard to measure in numbers, there are important aspects of your health care that CAN be quantified, rated, ranked, accredited. For us, making sure we reach high standards of quality runs from our friendly call centers (no kidding – try us! 913-334-9989), to having a tech walk you through the steps of your procedure and not just pointing to an exit door at the end of your visit. We have radiologists available to speak with – and we are all accredited by the American College of Radiology. Surprise, that’s not a requirement for radiologists – that’s going the extra mile.

When we speak with pride about ourselves, we’re not just doing it to drum up business (full disclosure: we do work for a living). We believe in, and strive for, a higher standard.

How good are we? If you haven’t clicked the link to the Business Journal article, here’s a snippet:

“Prices for that [MRI of the brain stem without contrasting dye] procedure ranged from $1,619.64 at Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Kansas City to $3,909.76 at Olathe Medical Center. The lower-priced provider had a higher ACR accreditation than the higher-priced provider for this procedure.” 

We take this seriously and we take you seriously. You are invested in your health, and so are we. We hope to see you for your annual screenings… and not too soon for anything else!

Cheers to your best possible health, with the best care at the most affordable costs!