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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

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.

December 23, 2014

Happy Holidays from Diagnostic Imaging Centers!

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September 22, 2014

We Love… Prostate Cancer Networking Group!

PCNGWe love Prostate Cancer Networking Group… and we think you should like them too!

 

In Kansas City, this wonderful organization seeks to help:

 

Men who have, or have had, prostate cancer give valuable support to others through their involvement with the prostate cancer networking group.  Just as men have received support from this group, they can in turn offer other patients and their families patience, strength, and endurance through their experiences with diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

 

Isn’t that just what the doctor ordered? Cancer care reaches far beyond treatments and deeply into the lives of those affected by it.

 

Emotional support isn’t spoken of nearly often enough when it comes to the Big Battle – partly because patients are so focused on physical well-being that repercussions elsewhere in life fall second to simple survival. But to live the best possible life during and after cancer is our wish for all those who fight… and the Prostate Cancer Networking Group is here to fill that gap!

 

As doctors, our biggest hope is to see and end to cancer entirely.  Until then, we work as a team providing care and support needed. Everyone deserves a guide on the road to their best possible health and we appreciate Prostate Cancer Networking Group for filling that role for men with prostate cancer!

 

PCNG meets regularly:

We invite all prostate cancer survivors, their partners and those helping in the fight to join us.”

Meetings held 3rd Wednesday, monthly 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Gilda’s Club Kansas City 21 West 43rd KC, MO

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

 

July 2, 2014

We Love… Free to Breathe!

Free to Breathe logoFor all our talk about lung cancer screening, what we’d love most is to not need screening at all – which is to say, what if… lung cancer were not the threat it is today? This is why we love Free to Breathe!

 

Free to Breathe’s mission is to “ensure surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception.” For all the strides being made in the war on cancer, lung cancer lags behind in both survivorship and early detection.

 

Contrary to popular belief lung cancer doesn’t just occur in smokers (though smoking does radically increase risk and if you need to quit, here are a few things to know). Lung cancer can also run in families of nonsmokers, can be seen in those affected by secondhand smoke, may result from some environmental/ industrial exposures and may arise in people without specific risks.

 

According to scientific studies, “People who have never smoked account for 20,000 – 30,000 lung cancer diagnoses every year.”

 

Not only is it a debilitating and potentially deadly disease, lung cancer is typically detected late in the game. Signs and symptoms often show up late, but may include breathing-related issues like coughing up blood or trouble breathing but also back, shoulder or chest pain. See your doctor promptly if you have concerns.

 

Free to Breathe’s vision is to cut lung cancer deaths in half by 2022. We can’t wait for this to be the reality! We encourage you to like them here too.

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!

June 4, 2014

We Love… Best Bones Forever!

Best Bones Forever by Office of Women's Health via Wikimedia Commons Copyright Public DomainAs doctors, we find many people and organizations we love – from patients who we care about deeply to nonprofits that are assisting others on the road to their best possible health. Today we’d like to highlight a really great initiative: Best Bones Forever!

 

Best Bones Forever focuses on the bone health of young girls with the hope of avoiding bone health issues later in life. You know the old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure – well, it’s true! Taking care of yourselves when you are young can help avoid a world of aches further down the line.

 

An initiative of the Office of Women’s Health, the hope is to help prevent conditions like osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass that affects many elderly women. Bone loss can lead to a higher risk of fractures which can be associated with life-threatening complications and side effects which have a profound impact on quality of life. As it turns out, keeping bones strong now means having stronger bones in the future. So whether it’s exercise or a diet with the proper nutrition, the aim is to help girls develop a lifestyle of healthiness that will last them a lifetime and result in less risk for bone loss as aging occurs. And for their parents, some handy notes can be found here.

 

(Oh, and you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for more helpful, healthful information!)

(Image credit: Best Bones Forever by Office of Women’s Health via Wikimedia Commons Copyright Public Domain)

 

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!