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.”