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Free Brain Scans Available in The Bronx

Posted on: 02/04/2009




Free Brain Scans Available in The Bronx

“The Bobby Murcer” Mobile MRI Unit

Continues On The Road To Early Detection



February 4, 2009 / New York, NY – The Road to Early Detection Campaign, a project of The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF), is bringing the Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit to the Bronx.  Beginning Monday, February 9th, the Unit will be stationed at Morris Avenue (between 148th -149th streets) across from Lincoln Hospital, through Monday, March 2nd.   The Bronx location was made possible through the help and generosity of City Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo.


Since the launch of The Road to Early Detection campaign in November 2008, The Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit has been traveling throughout New York and its neighboring boroughs reaching out to the under-served communities and offering free MRI brain scans to those who do not have medical care available to them.  Michael Schreiber, Chairman of The Road to Early Detection and The Brain Tumor Foundation expressed appreciation to Councilwoman Arroyo, “for helping to raise public awareness of this service and its importance to the community.”


With each new location, the demand becomes higher and the waiting list for appointments grows.  Dr. Patrick Kelly, Founder and President of The Brain Tumor Foundation explains, “It is a fact that over half of all brain tumor patients could have their tumors successfully removed if they were detected early, before physical symptoms become apparent.  And the only way to detect a tumor early is through the use of MRI brains scans.”  Although the scans are not diagnostic and are meant to serve only as a screening tool, degenerative diseases and other abnormalities including MS and Alzheimer’s have been detected in the several hundred scans already done.


Brain tumors occur across the board without any distinctions of age, gender, socio-economic status or ethnicity.  This year, more than 300,000 Americans will be diagnosed with brain tumors.  As many as a million people are walking around with one and don’t know it -- 25,000 of them in New York City, alone.  To that end, The Brain Tumor Foundation remains committed and continues to explore ways to enhance and expand The Road to Early Detection program, despite the ever escalating costs of maintaining the Unit. 


With the success of the New York launch, and through the overwhelming support of the online Dollar Drive campaign, this pilot program will soon be rolled out nationwide.


Scans are available by appointment only and can be scheduled by calling 877-SCAN-NYC (877-722-6692).



The Bobby Murcer Mobile MRI Unit Will Be Visiting Many Of The Following Neighborhoods In The Coming Months:


BRONX: Highbridge, Hunts Point, Mott Haven, Melrose, Morrisania, Port Morris, and Soundview.


BROOKLYN: Bath Beach, Bayridge Towers, Bensonhurst, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Waterfront, Bulls Head, Concord, Coney Island, Dongan Hill, Dyker Heights, Emerson Hill, Gowanus Houses, Gravesend, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, and Wycoff Gardens.


MANHATTAN: Chelsea, Flatiron, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Hell's Kitchen, Inwood, Marble Hill, Midtown, Soho, and Washington Heights.


QUEENS: Addisleigh Park, Baisley Park, Bayside, Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Corona, Corona Heights, Corona Park, Douglaston, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Floral Park, Flushing Meadows, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Hollis Park Gardens, Holliswood, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Laurelton, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Queens Village, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans, and The Rockaways.


STATEN ISLAND: Arrochar, Bulls Head, Concord, Dongan Hill, Emerson Hill, Fort Wadsworth, Grant City, Graniteville, Grasmere, Island of Meadows, Midland Beach, New Dorp, Prall's Island, Richmondtown, South Beach, Todt Hill, Travis, Westerleigh, and Willowbrook.



Future sites to be determined.  Please check for the most up-to-date information regarding the whereabouts of the Mobile MRI Unit.

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