These noted doctors are ready to see Brooklyn!
Long Island–based radiology provider Zwanger-Pesiri opened its first Kings County facility on Oct. 23 just outside Cobble Hill, where locals can receive top-notch imaging examinations and treatment with the latest technology in the fastest time possible, according to its chief executive officer.
“Most of these chairs will never have anyone sitting in them,” said Dr. Steven Mendelsohn, gesturing to a row of seats in the Smith Street facility’s second-floor waiting room. “When a patient pre-registers, our average wait time is down to three minutes. Seven minutes when patient comes in without pre-registering.”
Mendelsohn proudly showcased the office’s new $2-million Siemans MRI machine during the festivities, boasting that it will produce images with a quality second to none.
“Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the premier orthopedic centers in the U.S. When a patient comes in with an MRI from nearly every other imaging center, HSS repeats it on site,” he said. “But when they bring a MRI from Zwanger-Pesiri, HSS doesn’t have to repeat it. And we’re able to upload the results to HSS directly.”
And the technology is as fast as it is accurate, according to the doctor, who added that his team of radiologists typically read and report the results of a scan in 24 to 48 hours.
“Sometimes patients ask if they can watch TV during the scan,” he said. “But there’s no time. MRI has come a long way from the first standing MRIs of the ‘80s. Today, we have them in and out usually in five minutes or less.”
In addition to offering MRI, C-T, ultrasound, radiology, and mammography, Zwanger-Pesiri’s Brooklyn office provides a complete range of diagnostic services, including DEXA bone density, breast-biopsy, PET, cardiac-stress test, MUGA scan, heart-flow, and nuclear-medicine services.
The continued expansion of Zwanger-Pesiri, which currently offers free mammographies to women with an annual income of $40,000 or less, is in part thanks to its employees’ deep understanding of their clients’ financial status, and cultural comfort, Mendelsohn said.
“In almost all of our offices there is a separate waiting area for mammography and breast ultrasound,” he said. “There are no men allowed. This allows for religious and cultural preferences in the case of Orthodox Jewish women and Muslim women, for them to be more comfortable.”
The radiology provider founded in 1953 by Dr. Jerome Zwanger, who later recruited Dr. E.J. Pesiri to run it with him, opened locations across Long Island in the decades after it debuted, and moved into its first New York City offices in Queens last year.
Future expansion plans include opening a second borough location at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Bronx office, and eventually, debuting the firm’s first facility in Manhattan.
Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology [205 Smith St. at Baltic Street in Gowanus, (718) 732–0222, www.zwange