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March 31, 2014

DEXA Services Relocated from Alvarado to South Bay

As of March 31, 2014, Imaging Healthcare Specialists has relocated DEXA Services from Alvarado to South Bay (333 H Street, Chula Vista). All DEXA procedures will be accepted on a “Walk-In” basis, no appointment is needed.

Our hours of operation for DEXA at South Bay will be from 8-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Consequently, DEXA services will no longer be available at Alvarado.

 

January 8, 2014

Low Dose Lung Cancer CT Screenings Will Now be Covered by All Insurance Plans

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) gave a final “B” grade to its earlier recommendation that adults aged 55 and 80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years, receive annual CT scans to detect lung cancer. Preventive services that are given an “A” or “B” rating by USPSTF must be reimbursed by insurers at no cost to patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) fully supports the USPSTF’s recommendation and they are working to complete the practice guidelines that cover how lung cancer screening CT exams are performed, interpreted and results are communicated.

The Affordable Care Act requires that Medicare and private insurers provide coverage of all medical exams or procedures that receive a grade of “B” or higher from the USPSTF. Imaging Healthcare Specialists has been proactive in performing low dose lung cancer CT screenings, but now, anyone who is high risk for lung cancer based on the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) will be able to get this exam paid for by their insurance carrier.

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has been able to generate exceptionally high quality CT images while reducing radiation by up to 90% and that is why we are, and continue to be, the low dose leader in San Diego County. Our patient’s health matters to the entire team at Imaging Healthcare Specialists and that is why we are the first to join efforts in San Diego to fight against lung cancer and help our patients get the diagnosis they need to detect cancer early, when its most easily treated and to save more lives.

If you want to know if you qualify for a low dose lung cancer CT screening, visit http://www.imaginghealthcare.com/lungcancer or visit your doctor today.

September 20, 2013

Team Know Your Curves is the 2013 Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure Team of the Week!

Team Know Your Curves is being recognized as the Team of the Week for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Race for the Cure taking place on November 3rd at Balboa Park. We are thrilled to be recognized for our ongoing particpation in this exciting event. Read our inspiring story from Susan G. Komen San Diego below. 

Team Know Your Curves: Imaging Healthcare Specialists “Walking the Walk”

Talk about, “Walking the Walk!”  Team “Know Your Curves” is a combination of IHS Radiologists, technologists, personnel, friends and family.  According to the team leader, Jamie Esposito, “We are the leader in outpatient diagnostic imaging in San Diego County and we’re all about partnering with the women of San Diego County to win the fight against breast cancer.”  Not only do “Know Your Curves” team members dedicate their professional lives to the fight against breast cancer, but they have amassed a team of approximately 130 members and continue to grow!  Every year they try to get more IHS employees and family members to join in on the celebration by starting early and keeping it fun. 

Touching close to home, Captain Esposito said, “Amongst our team we have survivors, friends and family members that have been affected by breast cancer, as well as people who have witnessed our patient’s battle with breast cancer.”  So, in an effort to heal, fight and honor those who have been affected, “Know Your Curves” starts months before the Race Day raising money and recruiting.

With strength in numbers, “Know Your Curves” very large head count will undoubtedly pack a punch in the war against breast cancer.  We at Komen want to thank you for spreading the word, calling the troops and making a difference.  We will see you on November 3!

Click here to visit the Susan G. Komen website for event details.

September 12, 2013

IHS Continues its Partnership with Project Access San Diego

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has partnered with a program called Project Access San Diego (PASD) since July 2009. Project Access (sponsored by the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation) coordinates a network of healthcare providers who donate medically necessary health care to those who qualify that are low-income, uninsured patients and are unable to afford the medical care they need.  Since the program was implemented in late 2008, PASD has had $7 million in donated healthcare services, has saved 20 lives, and has served 2,245 patients. 

Imaging Healthcare Specialists proudly donates imaging services for up to ten patients a month, free of charge, through this program. Because of this partnership, the SDCMSF is recognizing the radiologists of Imaging Healthcare Specialists at their second annual Heroes de la Salud event on Thursday, September 26 as their Unsung Heroes. We are grateful for our partnership with Project Access and are pleased to continue the efforts on improving health care for the residents of San Diego County. To learn more about Project Access visit: www.sdcmsf.org.

 

July 18, 2013

Newly Renovated Golden Triangle Location to Reopen in Mid-September!

Construction is moving right along for the reopening of our newly renovated Golden Triangle location. The upgraded facility will feature the newest state-of-the-art technology available in medical imaging, improved patient convenience and comfort along with an all new digital X-ray suite.

We are excited to announce the arrival of a brand new 3T MR scanner that was built with the comfort of the patient in mind. Patients will now have access to the latest MR technology that features feet first imaging for all exams, flexible coils that result in a relaxed scan experience for patients and wide bore architecture for more room and comfort.

We are excited to expand our services at Golden Triangle to include a new digital X-ray suite which will have convenient hours and no appointments will be needed. Patients will be able to walk-in with their order and with ease get their X-rays and be on their way. The Golden Triangle location will officially be a full service out-patient imaging facility offering a full range of services including MR, computed tomography (CT), mammography, ultrasound and digital X-ray.

Stay connected online for more information and facts on our newly acquired technology and exciting announcements on the reopening of our Golden Triangle location.

     

May 13, 2013

New California State Law Regarding Dense Breast Tissue

A new California State Law (Senate Bill 1538) requires that lay summaries about a woman’s breast density be sent in addition to the letter she already receives from the radiologist after every mammogram. Thus, on April 1, 2013, in compliance with the new California state law, we began sending the following information to patients with heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common   and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

 This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise you awareness and to inform your conversation with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician.”

Imaging Healthcare Specialists realizes that receipt of this information may raise patient anxiety and result in more inquiries to you. Our radiologists strongly support evidence-based medical decision-making and have resources to help guide patients and their clinical providers to determine if any supplemental screening is recommended.

November 4, 2011

IHS supporting the Fresh Start Butterfly Ball

Imaging Healthcare Specialists shows its’ support at Fresh Start’s Butterfly Ball on October 29, 2011 at the Hotel Del Coronado. This year’s theme was Roaring 20’s.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children, and teens with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse, or disease through the gift of reconstructive surgery and related healthcare services. Imaging Healthcare Specialists has been a supporter of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts with volunteering, organizing golf tournament fund raisers, and participating in other fund raising events.

August 25, 2011

IHS 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefitting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts! The tournament will take place on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides reconstructive plastic surgery and related services to children and young adults with physical deformities. All services, are provided free of cost to these families—because of donors like you!

We are inviting you to make an impact in these children’s lives forever, by sponsoring our event in 2011. Your generous donation will help these children’s lives develop in ways they never thought would be available to them. By donating towards this cause you will impact their futures; as they grow, create families and participate in the community, your donation will never be forgotten.

The goal of giving children a life free of physical deformities would not be possible without the generous donations of individuals and corporations like you. Your donation/sponsorship will ensure that Fresh Start will forever change the life of a disadvantaged child or young adult.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and golfers in previous years we have been able to donate a significant amount to this truly remarkable organization. From our tournament in 2010 we were able to donate over $45,000 to Fresh Start. This year, we encourage and challenge you to join us on September 8th in an effort to surpass this amount to fund more services which Fresh Start will provide to children in need.

Please take a moment and consider changing a child’s life forever.

Should you choose to make a difference, please complete the sponsorship form and email it to Heidi Rovello at hrovello@imaginghealthcare.com or fax it to 619-694-1137. We look forward to seeing you on September 8th.

Please contact Heidi Rovello at (858) 658-6577 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Cleary
President and Chief Operating Officer, IHS

A special thanks to our platinum sponsors below:

January 21, 2011

7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament: Recap

Despite the rainy forecast, the tournament was filled with lots of sun and everyone was in great spirits. The tournament was a big success raising over $40,000 for Fresh Start, a very deserving organization.

Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing everyone at the 8th annual.

Above are a few photos of the event, but you can view all of the photos and place orders by clicking here.

October 1, 2010

7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is happy to officially announce its 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course. Thank you for your quick responses and willingness to participate. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is the charity that will again benefit from your generosity. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, and abuse. You can learn more about Fresh Start by visiting their website at www.freshstart.org

In an economically challenging year we want to do what we can to ensure that the children continue to benefit from these surgeries and we want to ensure that as a participant in this wonderful event you have additional sponsorship options. We have added many new opportunities to participate as a sponsor on a variety of levels.

The Sponsorship and Participation Information can be found on the sponsorship/participation form. As most of you have already agreed to participate, please complete the sponsorship/participation form and email it to hrovello@imaginghealthcare.com. We look forward to seeing you on October 20th.

Please contact Heidi Rovello at (858) 658-6577 with any questions.

Sincerely,

Thomas D. Cleary
President and Chief Operating Officer, IHS