CTs, MRIs Without the Expense, with All the Comforts of Family

Lexington Diagnostic Dr. Jason HarrisWhen something mysterious or unknown is happening with your health, it’s entirely natural to be worried. You want to know, as soon as possible, what’s going on, if it can be fixed, how long it will take to get better, and how much it will cost.

Often, diagnostic testing will be ordered: A CT scan, an MRI, or an ultrasound to diagnose and, on occasion, follow-up exams to evaluate treatment. Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI specializes in diagnostic imaging … and anxiety reduction. That’s because imaging exams at LDC are considerably less expensive than the hospital. And, LDC patients always know – up front – what testing is going to cost. There are no hidden fees or surprise bills that arrive weeks or months later.

Price transparency is one part of Lexington Diagnostic Center’s tradition of treating patients like family.

“We are such a family here at Lexington Diagnostic Center,” said radiologist Jason Harris, M.D., who joined the center in 2012. “We have the best trained team, a strong commitment to quality, and a tremendous focus on doing the right thing for our patients,” he said.

His commitment to the LDC family is so strong, in fact, that he recently purchased the facility – the only locally owned imaging facility in Lexington –  from retiring founder George Privett, M.D.

Being a part of Lexington Diagnostic Center allows Dr. Harris to do what he loves most: Make a difference in peoples’ lives. “Every morning, when I come to work, before I start, I spend a few minutes thinking about what I am doing. With each study I read, I remind myself this study represents a person, somebody with a life and a family.

“I try to think of each one as a member of my family, as someone I know. Thinking this way motivates me to give it my absolute best each time,” he said.

The desire to give his best to his patients led Dr. Harris to study radiology at two of the best radiology programs in the United States. His radiology residency was completed at the University of Cincinnati, a world-renown center for neuroradiology. Following five years of residency at UC, Dr. Harris did a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

“Doing the fellowship required a lot of sacrifice,” Dr. Harris said, “but I absolutely feel it was worth it. Having that additional training and experience has enhanced my practice immensely. It allows me to offer more and higher quality care to patients here at the Center.” The fellowship focused on diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the bones, joints, connective tissues, muscles and spine, including image-guided biopsies and joint injections.

Because of this additional training, Dr. Harris sometimes finds himself performing joint injections and other treatments. This direct interaction is something he enjoys. “Every doctor in practice today woke up one morning and said to themselves, ‘I want to be a doctor, I want to help people,’” he noted. That is, ultimately, what medicine is all about.

As Lexington Diagnostic Center’s new owner, Dr. Harris is committed to carrying on the center’s tradition of helping people by providing the highest level of quality and service, saving them money on their exams.

It’s an important point. Medical costs continue to rise and hospital-based services have grown even more expensive. As a result, free-standing, independent facilities like Lexington Diagnostic Center have a larger role to play in providing patients with affordable, high-quality services. LDC can save patients money because all they do is imaging. There is no hospital overhead – laundry, meal services, ER team, administration.

Those additional expenses force hospitals to charge up to six times as much for the same exam. Because patients are often responsible for 20 to 50 percent of allowed charges, this often results in more cost for the patient.

“We don’t do everything a hospital does. We do imaging. And we do it well. And we save patients money,” Dr. Harris said.

Making Outstanding Care, Superior Quality Convenient and Affordable

Scan Plan Chart

When it is time for an imaging study – CT scan, MRI, ultrasound – many patients simply “go with the flow” in the belief that there are no choices or that all of their choices are, essentially, the same.

Nothing could be further from the truth!
Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, located on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, offers patients not only outstanding, personal care but superior quality. With full-time board-certified and fellowship-trained radiologists in the center daily; experienced, certified technical staff performing the exams; a laser-like focus on the patient and family; and state-of-the-art equipment, Lexington Diagnostic Center is able to deliver a much higher level of care than is available anywhere else.

“Diagnostic imaging is all we do,” said Davonna Saier, marketing manager for the center. “This singular focus allows LDC to schedule patients quickly, conduct tests efficiently, provide outstanding quality and reporting and do it all at a cost significantly less than what patients might pay elsewhere.”

Patients are sometimes concerned that imaging studies performed outside a hospital setting won’t be readily available to their physicians, or cannot be compared to previous studies. “That is absolutely not a concern,” Saier said. “Lexington Diagnostic Center provides an advanced Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) which allows the referring physician to access our radiologists’ reports and imaging studies from their own computers, or even from the surgery suite at the local hospitals,” Saier said.

Further, every patient who has imaging performed at LDC leaves the center that day with a disk containing all of the images captured during the visit. “They can take the images directly to their doctor for review and, of course, the images are always archived here at the center for future reference if needed.”

As for comparing today’s images to those captured months or even years ago, Lexington Diagnostic Center is able to request those images from other medical facilities for comparison purposes – continuity of care – without issue.

“We have a courier who runs between all the medical facilities daily picking up imaging studies and returning them here, to the Center, where our radiologists use them to compare today’s studies with any studies performed previously,” Saier said.

There is no charge to the patient for this service – and no hassle either. “All they need to do is tell us where they had the study done, and when, and we’ll take care of the rest,” Saier said.

Patients also have access to all of their studies performed at Lexington Diagnostic through a secure internet connection, the Patient Portal. The portal allows patients to read and study the radiologist’s findings and print them out if desired. “This allows patients to look up terms, think about the findings and follow up with the referring physician with questions or concerns,” Saier noted.

It is one advantage of having imaging done at LDC that many patients really appreciate, she added. Another benefit is how convenient and easy it is to have testing done at Lexington Diagnostic. With early evening and Saturday hours, patients never have to wait weeks to have a test scheduled. When you arrive at the center for testing, you can feel confident your test will be performed and you’ll be on your way quickly. There are no long waits caused by emergency cases bumping the schedule. Results are reported to the referring physician very quickly, always in less than 72 business hours, Saier noted.

One of the most important considerations for patients receiving care anywhere is cost. Patients at Lexington Diagnostic Center have peace of mind knowing exactly how much their imaging study will cost, and what their out-of-pocket costs will be. Most patients will save hundreds of dollars by choosing to have their MRIs, CTs and other tests performed at LDC instead of the local hospital.

“That’s because hospitals have to cover all of that overhead – the cafeteria, laundry, parking garages – it’s all rolled up into every patient’s bill. At Lexington Diagnostic Center, imaging is the only thing we do. We keep our overhead costs low and that keeps our prices low, too.”

Taking advantage of the Lexington Diagnostic Center difference is quite easy. All you have to do is speak up when your doctor orders an imaging procedure for you. “Most patients don’t realize they have the right to decide where they’ll go for a test or procedure,” Saier said. When patients fail to express a preference, the doctor’s office will schedule the procedure where it is most convenient for them – usually the hospital.
Sometimes patients feel uncomfortable telling physician they need find a less expensive alternative to the hospital, Saier noted. That is natural. But, she added, “Your doctor should be just as concerned about your financial health as he or she is about your physical health.”

Price transparence is an important part of the Lexington Diagnostic Center patient care philosophy. “It’s important for patients to know not only how much a test will cost, but what they will be responsible for in terms of co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance,” Saier said. LDC works with the patient’s insurer to determine the out-of-pocket costs before testing is performed. Patients are informed up front, usually at least 48 hours before their appointment. Payment is collected on the day of the test.

LDC accepts all insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. “We’re also an excellent choice for self-pay patients because testing at our facility is very affordable,” she noted. LDC is so affordable that several insurance companies will encourage enrollees to reschedule at the center. “We’ve actually had them conference in with the patient to reschedule from a higher-priced facility to us,” Saier added.

New CT Scanner Brings New Capabilities to Lexington Diagnostic Center

LightSpeed with ASiR CT Machine

Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI is pleased to announce the installation of a new 16-slice CT scanner to better serve the needs of its patients and the community.

The GE Lightspeed CT scanner uses x-rays and advanced computer software to produce three-dimensional, color-enhanced images of the body. The CT scanner produces multiple cross sections of the body part being examined, which allows the radiologist to study each “slice” to look for abnormalities.

CT scans are especially useful in diagnosing diseases and conditions of hard tissues, like bones and cartilage, as well as the neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis. The new equipment allows Lexington Diagnostic Center to offer a new service – CT angiography.

“CT angiography allows us to capture images of the blood vessels,” said Chad Blair, clinical manager at Lexington Diagnostic Center. “CTA is useful in diagnosing conditions that affect the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, lungs, abdomen, kidneys, the arms and legs,” he noted.

Conditions detected by CTA include narrowing of the arteries, or atherosclerosis; blockages; weaknesses in the arteries (aneurysms); tears in the vessels (dissection); blood clots in the lungs; buildup of fluid around the heart (pericarditis); and abnormal blood vessel patterns that could indicate an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or tumor.

The new CT scanner offers quicker scan times, a larger bore to accommodate patients up to 400 pounds and high-resolution images, Blair noted. An important feature of the new CT is ASiR technology, which can reduce radiation exposure by as much as 40 percent.

In addition to CT angiography, the new equipment can:
• Low-Dose CT, a relative new procedure that has been approved by the FDA for early detection of lung abnormalities, including those that could indicate cancer.
• Virtual colonoscopy, which allows patients to undergo this important, life-saving testing without the anxiety and invasiveness of a regular colonoscopy

“We are very pleased to be able to offer a wide range of high-quality CT exams to the community at costs that are often considerably less,” Blair said.

Discover the Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI quality and price difference. For more information about having your next imaging exam performed at LDC, give us a call at (859) 278-7226.

The mission of Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI is to provide high quality compassionate medical imaging services at fair prices for all patients throughout the commonwealth.

LEXINGTON DIAGNOSTIC CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW OWNERSHIP

Dr. Jason Harris Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRIJason S. Harris, MD, MBA, has been named Medical Director and Owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI (d/b/a Neurodiagnostics, Inc.). George W. Privett, Jr., MD is retiring and has sold the business. He will stay on staff as a consultant for the next year.

Dr. Harris is a board-certified musculoskeletal fellowship-trained radiologist and has been with Lexington Diagnostic Center since 2012.

“I am honored by this opportunity to lead LDC, and pledge to continue our proud tradition of providing quality medical imaging care,” says Harris.

Dr. Privett started the independent medical imaging business in 1984. The center offers MRI, CT, X-Ray, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and DEXA scans.

“Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI has always been known for quality compassionate care and fair prices. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Harris as our new Medical Director, and look forward to his leadership as we continue our mission serving patients throughout the Commonwealth,” says Marketing Director, Davonna Saier.

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If you would like more information, please contact Davonna Saier at 859.278.7226 or email at d.saier@ldcmri.com.

Taking The Stress Out Of Diagnostic Tests

Taking The Stress Out Of Diagnostic TestsDoes the cost of healthcare stress you out?

You’re not alone. A 2014 study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that at least 72 percent of Americans were stressed over financial concerns at least some of the time. Twenty-two percent said they experienced extreme stress about finances. Further, 9 percent said they have considered skipping needed healthcare services and 12 percent had forgone care because of costs.

A 2016 Reuters survey found that 62 percent of Americans – regardless of party affiliation – were concerned about healthcare affordability. And a Kaiser Family Foundation study found that half of those without health insurance, and 20 percent with it, have problems dealing with medical debt.

Even those with great employer-sponsored health insurance have felt the pinch, as employers have increased deductibles and cost-sharing to reduce their costs.

For years, we’ve heard Americans need to be better healthcare consumers, taking a more active role in maintaining good health, talking to their physicians and healthcare providers about financial concerns, and being more involved in decision making.

Medical imaging procedures, such as CT scans and MRIs, often allow patients to avoid expensive, painful invasive procedures, such as exploratory surgery. Ultimately, medical imaging saves the patient time, money and discomfort … but at a cost.

Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI has been helping patients and families reduce the financial stress of healthcare for decades. “Patients often don’t realize that there is a huge difference in cost between our facility and hospital-based imaging centers,” said Davonna Saier, marketing director at Lexington Diagnostic Center. “Often, they never question the cost of that hospital study until they receive a bill, and then it’s too late.”

The cost of testing at Lexington Diagnostic Center is substantially lower because LDC specializes in one thing – medical imaging. “Our patients aren’t paying huge hospital overhead,” she noted. Costs at Lexington Diagnostic Center are often less than half what one would be charged at a hospital. This saves money for the insurance company, potentially leading to lower premium costs, and for the patient, who often is responsible for co-pays and deductibles.

Further, LDC charges include the radiologist’s fee to read the exam, which is typically extra at hospital imaging centers.

LDC patients know up front what their costs are going to be. Billing specialists work with them and their insurance companies before testing is performed so patients know their cost upfront.

Further, LDC charges include the radiologist’s fee to read the exam, which is typically extra at hospital imaging centers.

LDC patients know up front what their costs are going to be. Billing specialists work with them and their insurance companies before testing is performed so patients know their cost upfront.

At Lexington Diagnostic Center, We Love Our Doctors…

Dr. Privett Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRIWhen you hear the word doctor, your mind naturally goes to those physicians with whom you interact – your family doctor, cardiologist, even the physician who treated you in the emergency department.

Patients don’t often realize that there are many other physicians involved in their care; doctors they never see. In celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30, we wanted to celebrate our three physicians by pulling back the curtain on these highly trained and dedicated specialists.

George Privett, M.D.
Dr. Privett received his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine and completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and served as Chief of Neurology at Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, N.C.

Dr. Privett is a member of American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Neuroimaging, American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association and Lexington Medical Society. He practiced Clinical Neurology and Neuroimaging from 1974-1998; currently practices Neuroimaging and is the Medical Director and owner of Lexington Diagnostic Center & OPEN MRI.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Slaton, Texas

Q. What extracurricular activities did you participate in in high school/college?
A. I played football in seventh grade. After that I was in the Slaton High School Marching Band and was Drum Major my senior year. I marched with the Texas Tech Red Raider Marching band 2 years.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. For as long as I can remember

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A. Through neurology. When CT scanning came along and allowed the amazing pictures of the brain.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. A travel photographer.

Q. What do you like about your job?
A. I like radiology because of the amazing, non-invasive things it can show inside the body.

Q. Tell us a little about your family.
A. I have an amazing blended family and everyone gets along very well. My wife, Nawanna, is a brilliant educator and is sitting for the second term on the Kentucky State Board of Education.

Q. What are your past-times or hobbies?
A. Photography. I love the colors that abound in nature. Singing, particularly classical. I love the way harmonies, melodies and counterpoints come together to make a great song.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. Lexington, Ky.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. At LDC there is a culture of friendliness, cooperation and team playing, with the emphasis on the patient, who comes first.

Robert Pope, D.O.
Dr. Pope is a board-certified radiologist fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology. He completed his residency at Michigan State University, and is a graduate of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Pope served in the Air Force and practiced at Joint Base Balad-Air Force Theater Hospital Iraq where he was Chief Radiologist. He served as staff radiologist at Eglin Air Force Base where he was the director of MRI and Mammography Services. Dr. Pope is experienced in all aspects of medical imagining with an interest in musculoskeletal MRI and joint and epidural injections.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Lexington

Q. What school did you attend?
A. Henry Clay

Q. What extracurricular activities did you participate in in high school/college?
A. Wrestling team at Henry Clay. Helped cultivate a competitive spirit. We didn’t get ribbons for participation.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. As a young kid.

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A.  It was a good combination of diagnostic challenges and getting to work with really all branches of medicine.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. BBQ Pit Master

Q. What do you like about being a radiologist?
A. Getting to make diagnoses and help people on their way to treating their conditions.

Q. What are your past-times/hobbies?
A. Golf, fishing, music. I find them relaxing.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. On a boat.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. We save patients money.

Jason Harris, M.D.
Dr. Harris is a board-certified radiologist, fellowship trained in musculoskeletal radiology. He completed his radiology residency at University of Cincinnati and earned his medical degree at University of Louisville. Dr. Harris completed his musculoskeletal fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia. He is experienced in all facets of radiology with an emphasis in musculoskeletal MRI and epidural steroid injections.

Q. Where are you from originally?
A. Louisville, Ky. I attended St. Xavier.
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a physician?
A. I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t a consideration. I became serious about becoming a physician in college.

Q. How did you come to radiology?
A. The American Board of Radiology administered the oral board examination for the entire country every spring in Louisville for over 35 years. My mom and I both worked the examination, and I got a chance to know some of the best radiologist in the country. It was always a field that I was interested in practicing.

Q. If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?
A. A teacher, probably in high school.

Q. What do you like about being a radiologist?
A. Radiology is one of the most challenging fields in all of medicine. You really have to have a strong knowledge base in many different areas of medicine in order to communicate with referring physicians and participate in taking care of patients. I love to learn, and I learn something every day in radiology.

Q. Do you have any past-times or hobbies?
A. I enjoy spending time with my family, exercising/outdoors, reading, fishing and traveling.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
A. Right here in Kentucky. I have traveled all over the world, and have lived in five different states. The more I travel, the more I realize how special Kentucky is to me, and it is where my family lives.

Q. What makes Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI a great place to practice?
A. LDC provides imaging services to our community at an affordable cost. The health care industry has made it difficult for imaging centers like LDC to survive. I am proud to be part of the LDC team, who strive to treat our patients like family.

Valentines From The Staff At Lexington Diagnostic Center

Valentines From Lexington Diagnostic Center

In February, we traditionally spend at least a few hours thinking about those we love – our children, our parents, our spouses, our “significant others.” But what about those we work with? At Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, we think of one another as family. During this, the month of love, we wanted to share our “valentines” with you!

“I truly love working at LDC. Yes, it’s a great place to work but it’s the people that make coming to work easy, fun, and worthwhile. I see these people probably more than I see my own family so not only are they my co-workers, they are more like family. If anything, I know I’ve met lifelong friends.”
– Teresa Morris, administrative assistant

“There are so many reasons I love working here. One reason is the administration recognizes employee’s talents beyond their job responsibilities and very few places even attempt that. Personally, I love giving my patients attention in teaching them about their exam, listening to their concerns, and educating them just a little about the system. Every day I get to take care of a patient I am taught something and that just makes me a better tech and person,”
– Karen Harter, nuclear medicine technologist

“I could not ask to be a part of a better organization! LDC truly cares about every person; their commitment to integrity and quality is limitless! I love my LDC Family!”
– Cat Way, radiology technologist

“I have worked in three departments in the six years I have been at Lexington Diagnostic Center, and each department has wonderful, compassionate and very capable people. I think we have the best staff around, from our doctors to our tech aides, the front desk to the billing office and administration. We really care about the work we do and the patients we care for. LDC is like a second family to me and I am proud to work here.”
– Anna McKinney, office assistant

“One thing that makes LDC such a wonderful place to work is the open atmosphere with management.  We have the most amazing management of anywhere I have worked.  And no one here has ever been too busy to “jump in” and just work. The staff go above and beyond when it comes to teamwork.  It’s nice to work somewhere where people realize that you are human.”
– Darrell Maines, billing specialist

“I’ve never met a more compassionate, hardworking, kind and considerate group of people. I enjoy coming to work and being around these people … this family … and doing what I love to do, which is help people, listen and if I’m lucky, make people laugh.”
– Debra Withers, sonographer

“I work with a great group of people. When someone is in need of help, there is someone always willing to help out, no matter how big or small … someone is always willing to help.”
– Lori Murphy, scheduler

“I’ve been at LDC since 2012, and my favorite thing about working here is my coworkers. We have an excellent staff that cares about our patients.”
– Dr. Robert Pope

“Coming to work for LDC has been one of the best decisions I have ever made – employees are treated with respect and kindness. I recently lost my husband of 29 years of a sudden unexpected death. I had always felt like this group of people were like family, I now know that they are family. The support from LDC was from the love in their hearts for myself and our family. I am blessed and proud to say I work for Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI.”
– Joyce Newman, billing specialist

“I enjoy working at LDC because they seem to truly appreciate their employees. They acknowledge their hard work, whether it be with a lunch, a gift card or a kind word. That has been a breath of fresh air.”
– Amy Perkins, receptionist

“About 10 years ago my house caught on fire and my three kids and I lost everything. Dr. Privett and LDC collected money and donated kitchen items, clothes, everything. We were living in a hotel and upon returning after my son’s basketball tournament one evening, I was told by the hotel staff to come to the front desk. LDC had paid for another room so that we all didn’t have to be crowded in the one. They also had bought teddy bears, blankets, food and drinks for me and my kids. When we were able to get back in a house, Dr. Privett aided in providing a refrigerator and stove for my new home. I told him I didn’t know how I could pay him back and he said, ‘Don’t worry. I know where you work.’ I truly have angels here on earth.
– Victoria Guy, front office/scheduling manager

“I have so many close relationships at LDC. During the death of my mother, I was nurtured and comforted by this fabulous group of people. I just feel loved here.”
– Karen Sykes, LDC Nurse

“It truly is a family environment. We are there for each other every day… switching schedules and helping one another out no matter what. You feel the love when you walk in the door.”
– Charley Cordray, MRI technologist

“The heart of the LDC team is our caring staff. We meet patients during their toughest times, and we treat them like family. Every day, I see staff members’ compassion for our patients shine. I see it when a receptionist helps with a patient’s paperwork. I see it when a technologist offers extra words of encouragement. At LDC, patient care is why we’re here and I see that in action at every corner. And, our hearts are fullest when we work together to serve people who walk through our doors.”
– Margaret Hancock, administrator

“I am so thankful for my colleagues at Lexington Diagnostic Center, for they are truly ‘family by choice’ to me. Here, our patients are never a number, and are treated with the utmost care and respect. Every day is a gift, and we always find ways to celebrate whether it be birthdays, work anniversaries, holidays and other great milestones. The love we have for each other shines through in the love we show our patients.”
– Davonna Saier, director of marketing

Need medical imaging? We’d love to show you the Lexington Diagnostic Center difference. Give us a call at 859-278-7226. We are conveniently located at 1725 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington.

Help PREVENT a heart attack with a Cardiac Calcium Screening!

This non-invasive test looks for the buildup of calcium deposits in the arteries that provide blood to the heart muscle.  An elevated cardiac calcium score may indicate the beginnings of heart disease and determine your risk for heart attack and stroke, allowing doctors to intervene before an incident occurs. Painless, safe, and accurate, the test is performed with a CT scanner and no injections are needed. The quick procedure is available at Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI without a physician order.
. No injection or treadmill required
. More accurate than a cholesterol test
. Also predicts the risk of stroke
. Painless, safe and accurate
. Done in one minute!
. Affordable

85% of sudden heart attacks may be prevented if the conditions that lead to an attack are diagnosed early enough. You can choose good heart health and peace of mind.

Make it a date! Call Lexington Diagnostic Center at (859) 278-7226 to schedule your screening.

No Better Time To Say “Thanks” Than Now

We at Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI are continuously thankful for the patients who choose to use us for their care; for the physicians and other healthcare providers who have placed their trust and confidence in us to care for their patients; and for every member of our team, who work diligently to ensure that our patients are well cared for, our testing is of the highest quality and our reputation is sterling.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share with you a few of the comments we have received from our patients about their experiences at LDC. We know the best way for people to get to know and trust us is through the experiences of their friends and families.

Raves about our Team
“My technician Karen was so very nice and informative. Very professional and compassionate. I want her to do every procedure I ever have to have in the future!”

“Each and every member of you staff were exceptional. Giving and getting information, caring and concern directed to each patient. A very calming influence which in my case was very appreciated.”

“I have had a number of CT scans at (other facilities). The nursing staff at LDC was the friendliest and most informative I have yet encountered. The Technician who first explained the test and then administered it was by far the most qualified in his knowledge of the procedure and its explanation to me that I have had.  He was expert in the injection – no bruise, no hesitation, no pain – a real delight.  All excellent.”

“For my very first time visiting the staff made me feel like I had been there multiple of times. That gave me a such a great feeling and Ms. Debra was so awesome and you definitely made me feel welcomed. Thank You Lexington Diagnostic Center you all are absolutely awesome.”

“Lee Kirkland did a great job explaining everything to me. He made me feel relaxed the whole time. I could tell he genuinely cared.”

“The tech, I think his name was Lee, was also very courteous and explained everything in detail and answered any questions I had.”

Comparing Prices
“Previous people I work with have compared prices to local hospitals and found that Lexington Diagnostics has better pricing and much faster results.  When we send our patients there, their results sometimes beat them back to the office!”

“You offer the same services other facilities offer at a much more reasonable price. Short wait times and a knowledgeable staff. I could have saved myself hundreds of dollars if I had gotten my X-rays here. Hospital charged almost $1,500. For 3 simple X-rays of hands and feet. Taught me a valuable lesson about shopping for the best value for my money.”

Efficiency and Convenience
“I can always count on fast, friendly and knowledgeable service when I am calling LDC in a professional role as well as a personal role.”

“Your office seems like a well-oiled machine.  I like that I left with my disk even though you sent results to 2 different doctors.  Some places I’ve been too seem put out if you ask for a copy of your records.”

“I was extremely appreciative that I was able to come from my physician to get an X-ray without an appointment as I live out of town.  I did not feel very well that day, and I was grateful that I did not have to travel back to Lexington at another time.”

“The most professional medical facility I’ve ever been to. Everyone was so polite and friendly.”

“I was scheduled for 7:30 and there was a wreck and I was actually 30 minutes late for my appointment time. The Staff worked me in anyway, which was awesome because I drove an hour to get there.”

You, too, can discover the convenience and value of having your medical imaging done at Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI. We perform a wide array medical imaging exams, including:
• CT scans
• MRI
• Ultrasound
• General x-ray
• Virtual colonoscopy
• Nuclear medicine studies
• Dexa and bone density studies
• Cardiac calcium scoring
• Low-Dose CT scanning for lung cancer
• Prostate MRI
• Epidural and facet block injections

So Your Child Needs An MRI. Now What?

When a doctor recommends an MRI or CT scan for your child, your mind races with a million questions: Is it safe? What’s wrong?

Will it help diagnose the problem? Do they know how to take care of a child having an MRI? Will it hurt? Will she be scared? What can I do to make him feel more comfortable? What if she can’t hold still for the test? What if he freaks out? What if I freak out?

It’s normal to be concerned, but the first thing you need to do is to relax yourself! Remember, kids are like little sponges; they soak up the tension, concern and worry exuded by parents and caregivers and squeeze it out as the time for the test or procedure grows near.

Across the U.S., people of all ages undergo MRIs and other medical imaging procedures every day. Sure there are precautions that must be taken, but the healthcare professionals who will perform the tests are just that – professionals. They have received extensive and ongoing training in caring for both children and adults, and they and put that training into practice every day!

If there’s time, and there usually is, it’s best to talk to your child about the exam and what it will entail, said Karen Sykes, a nurse at Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI. Sykes works directly with children undergoing diagnostic imaging, and their parents, to ensure they have the most comfortable experience possible.

There are a variety of ways to talk to your child about an MRI or CT, Sykes said. For younger kids, parents may compare the experience to getting a photograph taken. It’s something they are all familiar with (think smart phone cameras and selfies) and so it’s no big deal.

Kids who are especially inquisitive may want to know about the kind of “camera” being used and how it can take pictures of things inside your body. Showing them MRI and CT images online can help them understand and most kids are excited to learn that they will leave Lexington Diagnostic Center with a disk of their images they can view at home!

Older children may want to know about the science of an MRI or a CT. For them, you may want to do a little research so you can answer basic questions. “I recommend parents do some online research,” Sykes said. “There are videos available that show pediatric MRIs and teaches kids what will happen during the test.” Familiarity will be reassuring to children. YouTube has both live action and animated videos.

Some parents employ a little “bribery” to ensure cooperation: a special treat after successful completion of the exam. For a little one, that might mean an ice cream cone. For an older child, perhaps it’s a Mommie-and-Me day at the beauty salon or a new video game. Make it something you’ll both look forward to and remember

Reassure your child that the people who will be taking care of them will do their very best for them. At Lexington Diagnostic Center, a parent or loved one may sit or stand beside the MRI machine so the child never feels alone in the exam room.

During the actual exam, the technologist may ask the child to play a little game that will help them to hold very still. The child may be asked to pretend they are in a rocket ship taking off for the moon; or are a statue in the park; or even frozen. The games are designed to help the child hold still during the active scan period.

Depending on the test, you may be able to accompany the child into the scan room during the procedure. Kids can choose their own music during the scan and younger ones may be able to take a favorite blanket into the scanner with them. All kids having a scan at Lexington Diagnostic Center receive a stuffed animal to take home after the test.

A lot of parents ask about open MRI for their kids, Sykes said, but this equipment may not be the best choice … it requires children to hold still for much longer periods of time, Sykes noted. “Parents ask about open MRI because they may be a little claustrophobic themselves,” she said, “But it’s important to remember there’s a lot more room in an MRI machine when you’re a 50-pound child than when you are 200-pound adult male. Claustrophobia may not even be a problem.”

“The vast majority of the time, we can get a scan done for a child when no one else has been able to,” Sykes said, “because we work very hard to help the child and parent feel comfortable and at ease. Our facility isn’t as scary as a hospital and we certainly take the time to work with them one-to-one,” she noted. “We treat every patient with warmth and compassion and we are especially skilled at working with patients and children with special needs, including infants, children, the elderly and those with developmental disabilities.”

If your child is scheduled to have an MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, nuclear medicine or even a general X-ray, give Lexington Diagnostic Center a call at (859) 278-7226 Or call toll free 800-755-7441 to learn more about our child – and family-friendly services. You’ll be glad you did.

Meet Nurse Karen Sykes
Karen Sykes, a licensed practical nurse, is originally from Elkhorn City deep in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

She returned to the mountains after attending school at Eastern Kentucky University. It was at this time that she found her life’s work: nursing. Sykes graduated from the nursing program at Mayo Tech in 1982. During her career, she has worked in all areas of nursing, including pediatrics, cardiac, geriatrics, critical care, neurology, IV therapy and emergency services.

Sykes came to Lexington Diagnostic Center in 1999 to “help out for a couple of days” while the practice searched for a full-time nurse. After a short time, Sykes came to realize Lexington Diagnostic was where she needed to be.

Seventeen years later, Sykes provides all of the nursing care at the Center and serves on the practice’s management team. She, and her staff, will take on any challenge, but patient care is her specialty. Her patients often comment on how kind and caring she is, how they felt like they were the only patient Sykes had that day. Her compassion and experience make it possible for her to care for a diverse patient population, including infants, those with special needs, the very ill and elderly.

A mother of two (and grandmother, too), Sykes knows what it’s like to have a sick child and works hard to put parents’ minds at ease and to answer all questions in a way that is complete, concise and understandable.

The FYI On Your MRI

Open MRI SystemChances are, you or someone you know has needed an MRI scan at some point. We’ve at least all heard of an MRI and might imagine ourselves getting in to that big white tube! But what exactly are we getting ourselves in to? With the help of Paula Bracken, chief radiologic technologist at Lexington Diagnostic Center & Open MRI, let’s explore what you should know, consider, and expect when you need an MRI.

What is an MRI?
As Paula explains, “MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-invasive scan that uses a large magnet, pulses of radiofrequency waves, and a computer to create detailed, 2D and 3-D images of organs and structures within your body”. Physicians often use MRI imaging to diagnose conditions that may not be adequately assessed using other imaging methods such as X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan.

An MRI is often used to:
• Examine the joints, brain, spine, nerves, abdominal organs, breasts, reproductive organs and other soft tissues
• Assess blood vessels for clots and areas of narrowing
• Detect tumors and diagnose many forms of cancer
• Evaluate infections
• Assess injuries to bones, joints and muscles
• Achieve more detailed images than other imaging modalities

MRIs are often preferred over X-rays and CT scans because they don’t emit potentially harmful radiation. Here’s how it works:
1. The MRI scanner is a very strong magnet that is always turned on.
2. Since the body is made up of mostly water, hydrogen protons in the water are utilized to create an image.
3. An antenna is placed around the area of your body to be scanned.
4. You are moved into the magnetic field of the machine and the hydrogen protons go from spinning randomly to aligning with the magnetic field.
5. Radiofrequency pulses are introduced to move the protons into different positions and the antenna “listens” to the echoes from the protons as they relax.
6. The information is sent to a computer that creates the image.

Where to have your MRI
Many patients “go with the flow” and have their scan performed at the hospital, not realizing they have options for comfort, convenience, and cost-savings. Paula says she’s proud to provide superior care and quality at LDC. “We offer an MRI for every need, and we take care of our patients at a fair price that they’ll find is much less expensive than at other facilities,” says Paula.

An MRI for every need
If even just the thought of that big white tube makes you cringe with claustrophobia, rest assured there’s an option for you. You can even have a loved one stay close by for support. That option is also great for little patients who want a parent close by. Lexington Diagnostic Center utilizes modern equipment and procedures to produce the best images possible while ensuring the patient’s comfort. There are three different MRI machine options to accommodate various patient needs and preferences.

In some cases, sedation may be required or requested for the patient. There is no charge for sedation at LDC. You will need to arrange for a driver to take you home.

What to expect and how to prepare:
Talk to your doctor’s referring coordinator or scheduler when your scan is ordered and they can set up your appointment with Lexington Diagnostic Center. LDC will receive your doctor’s orders and will call you to confirm your appointment. Be sure to let LDC know ahead of time if you’ve had a scan of the same area previously at another location so that images can be compared. Paula shares that LDC takes pride in making sure the entire process is easy and convenient for the patient. She says, “We make sure patients have their appointment in a timely manner, without hassle, and are made as comfortable as possible while receiving superior image quality.”

MRI procedures are performed on an outpatient basis. Eat, drink and take your medications as usual unless instructed otherwise. If you are scheduled for an abdominal MRI, you might be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for two hours prior to your appointment.

For the scan, you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove any metal items including:
• Jewelry
• Hairpins
• Eyeglasses
• Watches
• Wigs
• Dentures
• Hearing aids

The MRI machine is a large, tube-shaped machine that the patient enters while lying comfortably on an exam table. The machine can get loud, so earplugs and headphones are available. The radiology technologist will be close by, keeping you informed and making sure you’re comfortable. You can stop the exam any time to ask questions or express concerns.

Most MRI scans take about 30 minutes to perform for each study. Afterward, the pictures will be reviewed by the radiologist and a report will be sent to your doctor.

Why choose Lexington Diagnostic Center for your MRI?
They are committed to providing the most convenient high-quality MRI imaging services for patients and their physicians. LDC offers:

• Ease of scheduling with typically same-week appointments
• Board Certified Musculoskeletal Fellowship Trained Radiologists to interpret your results
• Highly trained technologists to ensure your comfort and safety
• CD of images for each patient to have and share with their healthcare provider
• An integrated electronic medical records system that provides your referring physician easy access to your images
• Evening and Saturday appointment times
• Front door parking