Friday, July 21, 2017

"No Evidence that CT scans, X-rays cause Cancer"



Researchers conclude there is no proof that low-level radiation from medical imaging - such as X-ray and computed tomography scans - causes cancer. They say it is time to throw out an unproven, decades-old theoretical model that has led many people - doctors and regulators included - to believe otherwise.

Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, the researchers describe how the linear no-threshold model (LNT) - first proposed over 70 years ago - is used to estimate cancer risks from low-dose radiation, such as medical imaging.

But - say James Welsh, a radiation oncology professor in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago, IL, and colleagues - risk estimates based on the LNT model are only theoretical, and, as yet, "have never been conclusively demonstrated by empirical evidence."

They say persistent use of the LNT model by regulators and advisory bodies leads to unfounded fears and money being wasted on unnecessary safety measures.
As a result, many doctors are averse to recommending and using the most appropriate imaging procedures for their patients, and many patients are unnecessarily scared to undergo them.

Read the full article at Medical News Today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brand New Shirley Office Now Open!



On July 17th, 2017, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its newest location in Shirley at 
803-F Montauk Highway, immediately south of Sunrise Highway, on the northwest corner of Montauk Highway and William Floyd Parkway.  This is Zwanger-Pesiri’s 14th office in Suffolk County and their 22nd overall.  The new office will replace their original Shirley office, located at 1500 William Floyd Parkway, to better serve eastern Suffolk County.  This new location is their easternmost office and will offer the latest equipment, including 3T MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, 3D Mammography and Bone Density (DEXA) scans.

Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is a patient-centric practice and has become well known for their fast turnaround time of results.  They employ over 60 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise.  According to Dr. Steven L. Mendelsohn, Chief Executive Officer, this leads to more accurate results.  The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the Patient Portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience.  Patients can then securely fax or email their information to additional physicians with just a few clicks.

“We are proud and delighted to be opening an office that will be easily accessible to our patients on eastern Long Island.  We are always striving to make the best imaging easily accessible and this office will help us more readily serve the community.  Our 3T MRI system is considered the best imaging tool available and allows for MRI scans to be completed in less than ten minutes,” said Dr. Mendelsohn.  “I am always proud and excited to open a new office and offer the best imaging services to Long Island.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ribbon Cutting for Huntington Location


On Tuesday, May 9th, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology celebrated their newest office, located at 326 Walt Whitman Road, with a ribbon cutting.  The event was graciously attended by many members of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, who were able to get a first-hand look at the advanced technology offered at the radiology company’s 22nd location.  

The office, which opened in December 2016, offers 3T MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray, 3D Mammography and Bone Density (DEXA) scans.  “We are proud and delighted to provide our patients with an office with such a convenient location.  We are always striving to make the best imaging easily accessible because we understand how important time is to our patients.  Our 3T MRI system is considered the best imaging tool available and allows for MRI scans to be completed in less than ten minutes,” said Dr. Mendelsohn.  “It is always exciting to open a new office and offer the best services to a new community.”

Friday, May 5, 2017

Dr. Jerome Zwanger, founder of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, dies at 94


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Jerome Zwanger, one of the founding partners of Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology. Dr. Zwanger passed away on April 29th and is survived by three of his daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.
You can read more about Dr. Zwanger's amazing life here
Dr. Zwanger will be greatly missed by all.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Healthy Living: Bone Health



Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology was featured on Fios1's Push Pause demonstrating the importance of a screening bone density exam (DEXA).  The piece, which featured ZP radiologist Ajay Kamireddi, MD and technologist Amanda Aiello, showed that getting a screening DEXA, can highlight low bone density before the patient suffers any symptoms.  

If a patient knows what they are up against, they can take the appropriate steps towards a healthier lifestyle.  As Barbara Andrus points out in the piece, people are living longer and screening exams, such as a DEXAs, ensure that these long lives will be a healthy ones.

Watch the full video here.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Need Diagnostic Imaging? Make Sure You Shop Around First!



People will shop around for almost everything they purchase, such as flights, groceries, and furniture.  Price shopping should also be extended to diagnostic imaging, but many people do not even know that they have options.  It is important that patients know that they can go to their preferred radiology facility for a diagnostic imaging exam, even if their doctor recommends going to a hospital-owned facility.

In a recent study performed by healthcare data company Amino, it was discovered that hospitals in every state charge more for an MRI exam than independent facilities.  This is partially due to the facility fees and double co-pays charged by hospitals.  Amino believes freestanding facilities are able to keep their costs down thanks to smaller staffs, more regular business hours, and specialized services.  The price of studies, such as an MRI exam, can vary by thousands of dollars between a hospital and a stand-alone facility.  In nonemergency situations, an independent imaging center is often the most affordable option.

Unfortunately, many stand-alone facilities are not able to survive in the current healthcare climate.  This is largely due to the low reimbursements they receive from the insurance companies.  They often receive less reimbursement than a hospital does for performing the same study; and sometimes the amount that the independent facility gets back is even less than what it costs them to perform the exam.  In turn, this pushes smaller providers out of the market and the control of pricing goes to the hospitals.

When it comes to diagnostic exams, it is important to remember that quality and price are not necessarily correlated.  At Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the most advanced technology and the most specialized reads are offered in a comfortable and welcoming environment at the lowest prices to patients.  At Zwanger-Pesiri, scans are performed at the lowest cost against a patient’s deductible and there are no facility fees, double co-pays, or parking fees.  Additionally, the 22 convenient locations are open seven days a week and evenings to ensure that patients are accommodated around their personal schedules.  These features have made Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology the most popular choice for radiology exams on Long Island.


Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. The DICOE program represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care and is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Best of Long Island!

Thank you for voting us the Best MRI/Radiology facility on Long Island!

"Long Islanders have consistently voted Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology the Best MRI/Radiology on Long Island, and for many great reasons! When it comes to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), there are few that match Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology’s diagnostic services, sophisticated imaging tests, exceptional treatment, and its safe and friendly environment. Now with more than a dozen locations throughout the island, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has become an institution among Long Islanders. Whether 3T MRI or 3D mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, or biopsy imaging—the professionals at Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology are the absolute best!"