Thursday, July 18, 2013

Don't Miss the Zwanger-Pesiri Health Fair - July 27th!

Save the date! Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology is having its second annual Health Fair! Please join us on Saturday, July 27th from 12pm to 4pm for a FREE, fun, educational and inspirational afternoon.

WHERE: The parking lot of Zwanger-Pesiri's Lindenhurst Office at 150 East Sunrise Highway (next to the Babylon Town Hall).

WHO'S INVITED? Everyone! Bring your entire family. There will be activities for all ages, including health information, activities and demonstrations!

WHO WILL BE THERE?  Mingle with Zwanger-Pesiri staff, and vendors providing health information, including:
  • Physician specialists
  • Personal training
  • Aerobics
  • Zumba
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking cessation
  • Weight loss
  • Skin & beauty care
  • Fertility
  • Health insurance
  • Blood drive from the New York Blood Center -- Free Mets tickets with all donations!!!
  • Blood pressure, glucose & bone density screenings
  • Carnival games, clowns, face painting, and many other activities for kids
  • Rock climbing on a 30 foot tall rock wall
  • 65 foot obstacle course
  • Food and drinks
  • Live music
  • Free parking
  • and much, much more!
Don't miss this opportunity to get out and mingle with your neighbors while you learn about how to maximize your health, and the health of your family. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Wendy Valentin at 631-930-9434 or email

Rain date - Sunday, July 28th.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Q & A -- MRI Concerns From a Patient with Claustrophobia

We are always happy to answer questions from readers!  Below is a question about MRI. If you have a question you'd like answered (either in this blog or via email), feel free to email us.

Q: My doctor wants me to go for an MRI of my neck and upper back, but I suffer from claustrophobia. The thought of being in a small space like that just terrorizes me. I know I need to get the MRI, but I haven't been able to make myself call for an appointment because of my anxiety. Can you suggest anything to help?

A: Yes. First of all, know that you are not alone. Many people suffer from claustrophobia or other disorders that make it difficult for them to consider getting an MRI scan (which involves lying on a table in a tube-like device and staying still for a period of time). At Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, we use MRI units with wide openings and short bore designs in order to minimize claustrophobia and increase comfort.

Some people (particularly those with claustrophobia, those who are severely anxious or in pain, and children) sometimes have trouble staying still for an MRI exam. For these patients, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology offers MRI with I.V. sedation. A sedative will be administered intravenously by a board certified anesthesiologist. You will be monitored before, during, and after the MRI exam by both the anesthesiologist and a nurse. The sedative will calm you, enable you to lie still, and make the MRI process much easier and more relaxing. I.V. sedation is safe and effective, and there are no lasting effects.You will, however, need to have someone with you to drive you home.

Tell your physician about your claustrophobia and ask him or her to specify on the prescription, "MRI with I.V. sedation." Let the Zwanger-Pesiri team make your MRI as pleasant and non-stressful as possible.

Do you have a question about MRI or any other topic regarding radiology?  Email us at