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August 6, 2008

DC’s Only


The only Xoran MiniCAT in the District of Columbia is in the office of local allergist Henry Fishman. The new addition is already saving patients time and money while still mixing in state of the art care (trifecta!). The $230,000 machine cuts out referrals to radiologists and the weeks-long wait for a report, so we asked to stop by his Foggy Bottom office to take it for a test drive.


Pre-Xoran, weeks would pass before patients could make appointments and receive results from radiologists. With the device, Henry generates an instantaneous report, and final results take just 12 hours because he can e-mail images to radiologists. Other perks: Because of its design, radiation is limited to the sinuses, meaning, in theory, a pregnant woman could use it. (For the record, he doesn’t let them. Not even if they ask nicely.) Other facets of his practice’s one-stop-shop approach: he’s one of the few allergists in the area performing rhinoscopies, where a scope is used to look inside the nose; and he’s the only one offering office-based methacholine challenge tests for detecting asthma, a technique he picked up while Chief of Allergy at G’town.


If anybody wonders how we get our scoops, here’s a look at how we extracted the news from Henry.


Does Henry look familiar? Could be because he spent five years hosting TV MD on PBS. Also, for 23 years, he broadcast a daily “Health and Medicine” segment on AP radio, never missing a day. (Reached for comment, Cal Ripken Jr. just bowed deferentially.) Recently, he’s gone radio silent to spend time with the finer things in life: his 2 children; a home on Lake Anna, and tickets to the very last regular season game at Yankee Stadium before it’s demolished. (Coincidentally, those tix also cost about $230,000.) In the coming year, he hopes to hire an associate which would allow him time to get back on the airwaves. Jonesing for a fix now? No problem. He also reported for ConsumerAffairs.com and you can find our favorite episodes here, here, and, here.

Medical writer Curtis Raye was going to buy a Xoran miniCAT but also really wants 3,056 new pairs of shoes. Decisions, decisions. Have you added a new piece of equipment to your practice? Let us know. Curtis@Bisnow.com

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