August 29, 2013

Low Dose Leader for CT in San Diego County

In an effort to minimize radiation exposure, we scan all patients using cutting-edge scanning technology, SafeCT®, along with a custom protocol that is tailored for each individual patient. By doing this we are able to generate exceptionally high quality CT images while reducing radiation by up to 90%.

Our patient’s health matters to the entire Imaging Healthcare Specialists team. We are committed to providing the best quality images while using the lowest radiation dose possible.

If you or someone you know is in need of imaging services, know that Imaging Healthcare Specialists is on the forefront of dose reduction when compared nationally to other imaging centers.

Thank you for choosing Imaging Healthcare Specialists. Stay connected online for more exciting announcements.

August 9, 2013

We Have Acquired a 3T MRI Scanner at our Golden Triangle Location

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.

     

June 27, 2013

New Guidelines for Oncological CMS Coverage of FDG-PET (PT/CT)

Effective June 11, 2013 CMS Will Cover Three (3) PT/CT Scans for All Clinical Indications Formerly Covered Under NOPR

CMS Coverage for Initial Treatment Strategy (ITS) – CMS will continue to cover an ITS FDG-PET (PT/CT) scan for beneficiaries when it is needed to determine anti-tumor strategy for the following reasons:

  • To determine appropriateness for beneficiary to receive an  invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedure
  • To determine the location for an invasive procedure
  • To determine the extent of the tumor when the anti-tumor treatment is dependent on the extent of the tumor

CMS Coverage for Subsequent Treatment Strategy (STS) – CMS will cover FDG-PET (PT/CT) scans for beneficiaries when used for guiding subsequent management of anti-tumor treatment strategy.

  • Coverage of more than 3 FDG-PET (PT/CT) scans shall be determined by the local Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC)

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June 5, 2013

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May 22, 2013

Golden Triangle Location Closed for Renovation and Technology Upgrades

 

The Golden Triangle location will be closed for renovation and technology upgrades until late summer 2013.

Please talk to an IHS representative today about alternate locations to choose from for your imaging needs at 866.558.4320.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this exciting time for IHS.

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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 30, 2012

Imaging Healthcare’s 9th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises Over $85,000 For Fresh Start


Our 9th annual charity golf tournament was held on Monday, October 29, 2012 with all proceeds benefiting Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. This was the first year we held the tournament at the exclusive Del Mar Country Club and it was our most successful tournament to date. The 108 golfers were treated to a fun filled day of food and beverages on the course as well as activities on the holes such as complimentary massages and prize opportunities. Dinner and awards followed with Hank Bauer as our Master of Ceremonies who also performed our live auction and raffle giveaways. Fresh Start’s CEO Shari Brasher introduced a very special guest speaker, Beloved Jefeti, who became a Fresh Start patient in 2010 and has since received over $100,000 in donated medical care from Fresh Start’s organization. Fresh Start Surgical Gifts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit who provide reconstructive plastic surgery and related services to children and young adults with physical deformities. All services are provided free of cost to these families. Our event raised over $85,000 for Fresh Start which will help future patients like Beloved get the medical care they need. Please join us for our 10th annual tournament in 2013 (TBD) that will surely be an anniversary event to remember! Thank you again to all of our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and vendors who made this year’s event such a huge success!


November 6, 2012

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Develops Successful Radiation Dose Reduction Program, Reducing Patient Radiation Exposure Up to 90 Percent

Reston, VA (Nov. 5, 2012) — According to an article in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology, Imaging Healthcare Specialists, has implemented a successful radiation dose reduction program, reducing radiation exposure by up to 90 percent in some patients.

“In the past decade, there have been unparalleled technological advances and growth in CT imaging, with many lives saved and more costly and invasive procedures avoided. This growth in CT imaging, however, has also been accompanied by an unavoidable increase in cumulative radiation exposure to the public,” said John O. Johnson, MD, author of the article.

At Imaging Healthcare Specialists, a highly successful program of radiation dose reduction was created, and dose savings of up to 90 percent have been achieved in select patients.

“Our primary focus was to reduce radiation dose for CT examinations of the chest, abdomen and pelvis because these constitute the most frequent studies in our practice and those with the highest radiation dose. Ultimately, all imaging protocols were revised,” said Johnson.

The following dose reduction strategies were developed over months of careful computed tomography (CT) dose adjustment and imaging analysis:

  • Decreased Peak Kilovoltage
  • Low-dose Automatic Dose Modulation
  • Decreased Length of Coverage
  • Pitch
  • Iterative Reconstruction and Noise Reduction Software

In addition, the imaging facility focused on limiting double scans and multiphase examinations; performing low-dose follow-up CT examinations; and the use of iterative reconstruction and noise reduction software. A low-dose strategy for CT-guided biopsies was also developed.

“To implement such a program requires dedication, leadership and commitment. Key components include a lead CT physician, a lead CT technologist, a CT applications specialist, a continuous feedback loop and systems in place to educate staff members and audit compliance,” said Johnson.

“It is possible to perform high-quality CT at a fraction of the radiation dose previously thought possible. Using a combination of dose reduction strategies with or without iterative reconstruction, risks can be minimized, thereby ensuring the health and welfare of our patients,” he said.

 

October 26, 2012

Important Information Regarding New England Compounding Center

As you may be aware from news reports, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a multi-state outbreak of meningitis and fungal infections among patients who received spinal or joint injections of a potentially contaminated corticosteroid known as Methylprednisolone Acetate manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC).

We want to reassure our patients and physician community that Imaging Healthcare Specialists has not purchased or used Methylprednisolone Acetate or any other products manufactured by NECC.  

The safety and well-being of our patients is our primary concern and we will continue to provide relevant information as it becomes available. To learn more about this investigation or to get a list of NECC customers, please visit the FDA website.