Whether it’s used to capture a baby’s heartbeat or to find a malignant tumor in the lungs, medical imaging plays an ever-important role in health care.

For 25 years, Diagnostic Imaging Services, Inc. has helped hospitals and doctor’s offices by maintaining and operating technology that detects life-threatening illnesses.

Tracy Huth, president of DIS, says their commitment to helping people dates back to the original owner, Karin Neiheisel-Lewis, who started the company in 1989. After she passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2001, Huth and Joellyn Hartley, DIS vice president, decided to carry on her mission and purchased the company.

“When she passed away she told us she wanted the company to continue,” says Huth. “She was very passionate and this was her baby and she wanted us to carry on the legacy.”

DIS is a contracted company that specializes in nuclear medicine and operates at hospitals and doctor’s office throughout the Tristate. Whether it’s a rural doctor’s office or a large health care network in the city, the 20 technicians at DIS are trained on a wide scope of machines and equipment.

“Our techs see a lot of different technology at a lot of different locations so we are definitely familiar with a lot,” says Hartley. “We also have our private equipment so patients don’t have to travel downtown if they don’t have to and they can get the care at the comfort of their doctor’s office.”

New changes in health care have created an opportunity for DIS to expand and assist hospitals adjusting to the Affordable Care Act.

“The future is definitely challenging because of all the consolidation of the health systems,” says Huth. “I think we’re in a good position.”

As hospitals consolidate, Huth and Hartley believe medical companies like theirs will provide fiscally sensible and efficient care. While some hospitals could hire a full-time technician to operate specialized equipment, Huth and Hartley say DIS can provide the same level of service at nearly half the price. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship for the hospital and the patient.

“Often times, when we work at a physician’s office, the cost for us to be there is a lot less to the customers than having a staff employee,” says Hartley. “We can cut fees dramatically.”

DIS hopes its operation will continue to expand throughout the Tristate as the medical field continues to evolve. Both Huth and Hartley are optimistic about the future of DIS and its commitment to the people it serves.

“We’ve been around for a long time and we have the experience to prove it,” says Hartley, who still finds joy in her everyday job. “It’s always nice when you can offer a mother the first glimpse of her baby. It’s very rewarding.”