Affordable, Effective Lung Cancer Screening at Lexington Diagnostic Center

      Affordable, Effective Lung Cancer Screening at Lexington Diagnostic CenterIt should come as no surprise that Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer deaths, especially when you consider another dubious distinction the Commonwealth holds: the highest smoking rates in the nation.

      Because smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, the single most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer is to stop smoking. The minute you stop smoking, your body begins to heal and your risk starts to fall. Within two months of stopping, your lung function begins to improve; after 10 years, your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is 30 to 50 percent of that of a smoker.

      Regardless of whether you?ve recently quit smoking, you quit five years ago, or you continue to smoke, as they age, most people begin to think about their lungs and the damage they?ve inflicted by smoking. Unfortunately, there hasn?t always been a good way to detect lung cancer early, when the chances for a cure are greatest.

      A few years ago, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) came out in support of a screening exam that a large-scale study demonstrated was effective at finding lung cancer early. The test is called low-dose computed tomography, or LDCT. At Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, we?ve been offering this testing for over a decade, even before the USPSTF published its findings.

      Along with the USPSTF support came a recommendation that people at high risk for developing lung cancer receive the screening every year. As a result, private insurers (such as Anthem, Cigna and United Healthcare) may cover the cost of the exam for eligible patients, as do Medicare and Medicaid.

      Who?s eligible for the screening
      The criteria for the screening are strict, but are based in medical research. To be eligible for the screening:

      • The individual must be between the ages of 55 and 80 (Medicare coverage to age 77 only) and in good enough health to withstand potential treatment for cancer, should something be found.
      • The person must have a 30-year pack history of smoking. A 30-year pack history means the patient smoked about a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, and so on.
      • The individual may currently smoke, or may have quit smoking less than 15 years ago. Congrats ? after 15 years as a non-smoker, former smokers are no longer considered to be high risk!
      • Annual screening is to be discontinued when the patient has been smoke-free for 15 years or if their health declines to a level at which they would no longer be able (or interested) in curative treatment for lung cancer.


      It may seem odd that people who have symptoms of lung cancer are not eligible for the screening. But remember, the screening is designed to detect cancer early. If you have symptoms, by definition, early detection is off the table and a different set of protocols applies.

      What does the screening involve?
      The screening is quick, simple and painless. Patients are taken to a private room, where they may be asked to change into an exam gown. They are then positioned on a table and the technologist leaves the room. The technologist will be in constant contact with the patient throughout the exam. The table will move into the CT tube and a series of X-rays will be taken. Patients may be asked to hold their breath for short periods of time. When the exam is finished, the table will move out of the tube and the technologist will assist the patient from the table. The actual exam takes no more than 10 minutes.

      The images will be read by LDC?s radiologist and the findings sent to the referring physician within two business days.

      The Lexington Diagnostic Center advantage
      Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI has been performing low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer longer than any facility in the area. Our technologists and physicians are very experienced in LDCT and very sensitive to the concerns of our patients.

      Just as importantly, low-dose CT screening at Lexington Diagnostic Center is affordable. Because imaging is the focus of our business, we keep our costs low and pass the savings on to our patients. LDCT screening at Lexington Diagnostic Center is hundreds of dollars less expensive than a screening performed at a local hospital. We accept all major insurance plans and will work closely with you, your physician and your insurance company to ensure coverage for the test. You will know up front what your cost is ? no surprise bills 30, 60 or 90 days later!

      Want to know more?
      Talk with your primary care provider about low-dose CT screening for lung cancer and let them know you want to go to Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI for testing. Or, give us a call at 859-278-7226, or contact us via our website at?

      Don?t let bone loss cut you short!

      DEXA Scan

      Although osteoporosis has affected humans since the beginning of time, it wasn?t until 1994 that the World Health Organization officially acknowledged and defined it as a disease. Osteoporosis occurs when the body loses too much bone mass; when the body makes too little bone; or a combination of the two.

      It most commonly affects women and people over the age of 40. One in three women and one in four men over age 50 will get osteoporosis. Right now, there are 54 million Americans diagnosed with the condition.

      A fracture is the most common sign of osteoporosis. As bones lose density, they become brittle and are easily broken. The first bones to be affected are those in the spine. Each year, 750,000 Americans are diagnosed with spinal compression fractures related to osteoporosis. Another 750,000 experience fractures of the shoulder, wrist or hip related to osteoporosis.

      Individuals with spinal compression fractures often lose height (think of your grandmother or great grandmother and how she seemed to grow shorter with each passing year). A condition commonly called ?dowager?s hump? is sign of advanced osteoporosis.

      Who?s at risk
      Your risk for developing osteoporosis is greater if you:
      ? Are a postmenopausal woman
      ? Smoke/use tobacco products
      ? Have small/thin frame
      ? Suffer from an autoimmune disease
      ? Have digestive conditions such as celiac disease or IBS
      ? Have had bariatric (weight loss) surgery
      ? Have been treated for breast or prostate cancer
      ? Have blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell
      ? Suffer from Parkinson?s disease, have had a stroke or spinal cord injuries
      ?Suffer from, or have had, an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
      ? Have endocrine or hormonal disorders, including diabetes and hyperparathyroidism
      ? Have other conditions such as COPD, AIDS/HIV, kidney or liver disease, malnutrition, or alcohol/drug abuse

      Certain medications, including steroids, can interfere with the body?s ability to make bone. Be sure to talk with your physician or pharmacist about all medications you may be taking.

      Detecting osteoporosis
      You can?t feel your bones getting weaker ? and waiting for a fracture to happen is a bad idea. But there is a simple test that can reveal bone loss quickly and accurately: dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA scan, for short. Most insurances, as well as Medicare, cover the cost of the test.

      DEXA scan takes about 15 minutes to complete, is completely painless and is the most accurate method for measuring bone density. Specialized x-ray equipment captures images of the hip and spine area, which is analyzed by a computer. Results are reported in the form of a T-score and Z-score.

      The T-score compares the patient?s bone density to that of a healthy 30-year-old of the same sex; the Z-score compares the results with that of an average person of the same age and sex. Lower scores mean lower bone density. A T-score of -2.5 or lower indicates osteoporosis; a T-score between -1.0 and -2.5 indicates below-normal bone density (osteopenia).

      Armed with this knowledge, the patient and primary care provider can work together to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis or to better manage it.

      At Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI, we specialize in providing the highest-quality, customer-focused diagnostic imaging services, including DEXA scan. What?s more, our costs are always significantly lower than those at the hospital.

      Elevated PSA? Know Your Options

      Prostate Cancer ExamProstate cancer is a very common condition affecting men, primarily those over the age of 65. The American Cancer Society estimates 161,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in 2017. Fortunately, prostate cancer is usually slow growing and does not present a major health hazard to most men.

      Prostate cancer is often found through routine screening or when a man presents in his physician?s office with complaints of weak urine stream, difficulty initiating urination, pelvic pain, erectile dysfunction, the inability to empty the bladder completely, or an urge to urinate frequently.

      A digital rectal exam (DRE), is the most commonly performed screening exam. During the DRE, the physician uses a gloved, lubricated finger to feel the prostate, searching for lumps and other abnormalities. A simple blood test, called a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test, can detect elevated levels that may suggest cancer. Men with a PSA between four and 10 have a 25 percent chance of having cancer; a PSA level above 10 increases the risk to 50 percent.

      The next step in diagnosing prostate cancer is typically a biopsy. During this procedure, a hollow core needle is inserted into the prostate through the rectum to retrieve tissue samples. Typically, 12 to 15 random samples are taken. Patients often receive numbing medication, but it?s important to ask.

      Although the biopsy is straightforward and often performed in the office setting, it carries with it the risk of serious infection, bleeding and even very rarely death. Men experience soreness for several days following the biopsy and may also have bleeding from the rectum, and blood in the urine and semen. Antibiotics may be prescribed for one to two days following the test.

      Biopsy results typically take several days to be available and there is always a risk of false-negative results, as detecting cancer is dependent upon a needle passing through the suspicious cells. As a result, the patient may receive an ?all-clear? when in fact cancer is present. If your physician feels strongly there may be cancer, a second biopsy may be ordered.

      An alternative to biopsy
      If biopsy sounds painful, risky, inconvenient and uncertain, there is an alternative: prostate MRI. Prostate MRI produces detailed images of the prostate, using strong magnets, radio waves and a contrast material called gadolinium. ?Looking at these images, the radiologist can help diagnose prostate cancer and see whether the cancer has spread outside of the prostate,? said Jason Harris, M.D., medical director at Lexington Diagnostic Center and Open MRI.

      ?Not only is prostate MRI much more comfortable for the man, it provides better anatomic and physiologic information, more quickly,? he noted. A prostate MRI can determine a tumor?s size, location and likelihood of malignancy. If an area is identified that looks suspicious, a more targeted biopsy can be performed and a rational treatment plan designed.

      There are no risks with prostate MRI, although patients will undergo a safety screening to ensure there are no metal implants or devices in the body that are incompatible with the procedure. Testing takes about an hour, and men can resume their normal daily activities quickly. Patients who experience claustrophobia may receive an IV sedative to ensure their comfort.

      Lexington Diagnostic Center provides prostate MRI services using its 3 Tesla Multi-parametric MRI. Men leave the center with a disc of their images and peace of mind.

      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.


      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

      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.

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