November 12, 2010

COMING SOON to Imaging Healthcare Specialists

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is pleased to announce the expansion of our Laurel imaging center, located at 2466 First Avenue in Hillcrest. With the addition of a new, state-of-the art PET/CT scanner IHS will be positioned to offer PET/CT services to patients throughout San Diego County at two locations.

We anticipate completion by end of 2010, and have taken steps to ensure that referring physicians, staff, and patients will experience the same quality of care and service excellence from the staff and physicians of IHS during this transition. In the interima, all patients’ PET/CT imaging needs will be accommodated at our Encinitas site, located at 1200 Garden View Rd, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Please look for further updates in December, as the project nears completion. We thank you for your patience and look forward to serving you in our new location.

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

July 15, 2010

US Dept. of Health and Human Services Issue New Guidelines

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury issued new regulations today, requiring new private health plans to cover evidence-based preventive services and eliminate cost sharing requirements for such services.

Evidence-based preventive services: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of scientific experts, rates preventive services based on the strength of the scientific evidence
documenting their benefits. Preventive services with a “grade” of A or B, like breast and colon cancer screenings, will be covered under these rules. Regarding screening mammography, the HHS announcement specifically uses the USPSTF’s guidelines from 2002, which recommend
that mammography screening begin at age 40. The task force’s controversial guidelines from November 2009, recommending that screening begin at 50, were labeled as “not considered to be
current” in the new HHS rules.

The announcement carries out provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed earlier this year that were designed to support disease prevention, according to HHS.

October 1, 2009

Statement Regarding Radiation Dose in CT Exams

Recent articles in professional journals and the press have raised important concerns about the use of CT and associated radiation dose. Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles gave patients undergoing CT brain scans some eight to 10 times the radiation they should have received. The hospital admitted its mistake, but apparently it has been going on for 18 months and has impacted at least 200 patients. In response, a number of professional societies formed the Image Gently Alliance to reduce or “child size” the radiation dose when performing CT on children. Noting that one size does not fit all, this concept may be applied to all CT examinations on all patients.

At Imaging Healthcare Specialists, we have taken the Image Gently pledge. Early in their training, our radiologists are taught the concept of ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) to limit the use of ionizing radiation exposure when imaging patients. There exists a tradeoff, however, between lowering the radiation dose and achieving appropriate image quality which must be carefully balanced.  As the radiation dose is reduced images may appear noisier but not necessarily less diagnostic. It is useful to remember that the average background radiation exposure that people receive in their everyday environment is 3 mSv (milliseiverts) per year.  A CT scan of the abdomen is approximately 6-8 mSv which translates to 2-3 years of background radiation. This is a useful number for patients to be aware of and provides them with a realistic perspective of radiation dose. While growth in the use of CT in recent years has been substantial, this growth is largely appropriate with many lives saved and invasive procedures avoided. While we should not over react to this potential risk, we should take measures to reduce radiation exposure and educate patients and physicians on the risks, benefits and alternatives for various imaging examinations.

Please rest assured that your CT examination at Imaging Healthcare Specialists will be customized to maximize quality and minimize radiation dose. With CT, several factors contribute to radiation dose including tube current (mAs) and peak kilovoltage (kVp). There is a linear relationship between tube current and dose such that a 50% reduction in current results in a 50% reduction in dose. A more dramatic dose reduction can be achieved by lowering the peak kilovoltage as this is related to radiation dose in a non-linear fashion. We use a combination of techniques based on body mass index to tailor each CT examination to reduce the radiation dose to the lowest possible level. When possible, we limit the z-axis or length of coverage and the use of multiphase exams. And finally, we place bismuth breast shields on our female patients to reduce radiation exposure to breast tissue and diminish the risk of induced breast cancer.

At Imaging Healthcare Specialists, we hope to provide you a convenient, high quality experience from start to finish. Please do not hesitate to call our radiologists with any questions or concerns.

Download Statement Regarding Radiation Dose in CT Exams – October, 2009

September 1, 2009

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy – What you should Know

This is a simple and safe procedure performed at various San Diego Imaging locations by our team of breast imaging specialists. Advanced computer imaging technology is used to map the precise location of the area of interest in the breast that was seen on your mammogram.

This technology aids the physician in removing a small section of the suspicious tissue with pinpoint accuracy. The sample is sent to pathologist, a physician specializing in the analysis of tissue samples under a microscope for diagnosis. The entire biopsy should take approximately an hour.

September 1, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Expands Services in Chula Vista with New South Bay Facility

New Services Improve Patients’ Access to Care

Chula Vista, CA—September 21, 2009.  Imaging Healthcare Specialists, San Diego’s largest family of independent, outpatient medical imaging centers, today announces the opening of a brand new facility in South Bay. The new center, located in the Gateway Chula Vista Building at 333 H Street, expands upon the services offered at the former location on L Street where they operated for more than 10 years.  Chula Vista residents now have convenient access to new state-of-the-art imaging equipment, more diagnostic services and a unique and personal patient experience.

August 1, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Hosts 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Imaging Healthcare Specialists, a medical imaging company with 15 outpatient centers in the greater San Diego area,

San Diego, California, August 5th, 2009: Imaging Healthcare Specialists, a medical imaging company with 15 outpatient imaging centers in the greater San Diego area, is hosting its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament again, on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course.

This year’s event will benefit Fresh Start Surgical Gifts again, a local non-profit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery for children with physical deformities caused by birth defects, accidents, abuse or disease.

July 4, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Sponsors North County Fight Club

Imaging Healthcare Specialists has entered into a sponsorship agreement with North County Fight Club (NCFC) which involves co-advertising initiatives and imaging care for NCFC’s athletes. NCFC sponsors approximately fifty mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters and is one of the premier management companies in the fast-growing, international MMA sector.

For more information on NCFC, visit their website www.ncfc.tv.

July 3, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Provides Sub Specialty Expertise for All Mammography Patients

Imaging Healthcare Specialists is drawing on the sub-specialized expertise of our radiologists to provide centralized professional interpretations for our mammography patients. The partnership between the radiologists from our two medical groups represents the largest professional radiology service network in our area and in a collaborative effort will provide sub-specialized readers to interpret all mammography exams done at our facilities.

July 2, 2009

Imaging Healthcare Specialists Installs Digital Mammography at Six Area Facilities

IHS has installed digital mammography at its locations in San Diego, Hillcrest, Encinitas, Poway, Temecula and San Clemente. Digital mammography offers several advantages over conventional mammography including improved sharpness and visibility of the breast, lower radiation dose and the reduction in the likelihood of patient callbacks.