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Dr. Stephen Saponaro

Radiology
Palm Springs, CA
male

Locations

Radisphere Medical Director of Radiology at Hi-Desert Medical Center

Joshua Tree, CA

Address

6601 White Feather Drive, Joshua Tree, CA
Directions

About

Bio

I am a board certified general radiologist with specialty training in body imaging and breast imaging.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Radiology

Doctor Q&A

96 Answers
18 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
No: A thyroid scan is a study that exposes you to a small amount of radiation and allows the radiologist to see images of the thyroid. A radioactive thyr... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Well: The quality of imaging interpretation should be the same whether day or night. No matter what time of day, there is always a possibility of missing s... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Yes: It is valuable to scan the entire lung to see if you have one lung nodule or more and to determine if the lymph nodes are enlarged.
A 19-year-old female asked:
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Yes: Ultrasound dating accuracy is best in the first trimester. After that, ultrasound dating is less accurate. Here is a link which may help you: http:... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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No: If your urinary bladder is empty, it makes it more difficult to see abnormalities or a mass.
A 43-year-old male asked:
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No: Typically a ct will be superior to MRI in evaluating bowel.
A 29-year-old female asked:
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Worth noting: If the radiologist remarks on the lymph nodes, they be significant depending on the clinical situation; such as bowel disease or infection. An 8 cm o... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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No wait: Based on the question, you do not need a breast ultrasound. The information on a breast will ultrasound will not help you discover the cause of your ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Yes: You are at increased risk for any type of breast cancer. Try this risk assessment tool, http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/default.Aspx , then speak... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
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Yes: It is always possible that the radiologist "missed" something. We are not machines. Mri is not a perfect test and may not detect disease when presen... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
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No: If you have iodine allergy, you will need to premedicate with benedryl and possibly solumedrol (methylprednisolone). You do not "need" gastrografin f... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Many imaging centers also offer dexa. Also, some doctors have this machine in their office. Call ahead or check online.
A 29-year-old member asked:
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Downs Syndrome: It is very rare for a choroid plexus cyst to be associated with more significant abnormalities. Here is link with more information: http://mydoctor.K... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Many people live normal lives with one kidney. It is important to know this information if you are to receive a radiology study that uses intravenous... Read More
A 22-year-old member asked:
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No: A chest xray can be "clear" even when there are significant lung problems. In some cases, a ct chest may discover abnormalities that a chest xray did... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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It's a team effort: Breast cancer is diagnosed by the use of several tools beginning with breast self exam monthly. Your doctor's exam. Mammogram. Ultrasound. Mri. Pem (... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Most liver biopsies are performed using the guidance of ultrasound or ct. Most of the time the patient is awake. Sometimes the patient will be given... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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CT Scan: Acute appendicitis is diagnosed by the history, physical exam, a blood test to see if there is an infection, and ct scan of the abdomen and pelvis whi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
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Yes: If you have acute abdominal pain and a fever, go the emergency room or your doctor and they will examine you and take a blood test. When they push on... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
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Very: A report in 2010 concludes: among the study population, 62 malignant neoplasms were detected. For cases rated bi-rads 1, 2, 4, and 5 (n=251), the sens... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
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Yes: In my practice, i often provide "second opinions" informally and for this there is no additional charge to the patient. However, there are times when... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Not every cancer should be followed with pet/ct. But when the cancer is visible by this technology, it is often helpful in treatment planning and fol... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Not likely: Breast cancer rarely results in any kind of pain unless it is very advanced.
A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Most breast MRI exams will include lymph nodes.
A 44-year-old member asked:
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Ultrasound: You will be expected to lye on your back with a full bladder while the technologist takes images of the bladder. Then, you will empty the bladder and... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
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No: Worry never helped anything. Breast MRI can be very helpful at evaluating cancer and is also useful when no cancer is present.
A 45-year-old member asked:
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Yes: This procedure carries risk of infection and allergic reaction.
A 43-year-old member asked:
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Imaging is better: Ultrasound, ct, and MRI are superior to physical exam.
A 39-year-old member asked:
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No: There are many illnesses and problems for which ct is helpful. Ultimately, it is most important for the information obtained from the ct to be combin... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Mammogram: Mammogram remains the first choice for breast cancer screening. There is a select group of patients for whom screening ultrasound and MRI breast will ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
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Without: Well I am going to confuse you even more. To simply diagnose fatty liver, contrast is not necessary. However, if you get an MRI of the liver, contra... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Iodine allergy: Here is the fda blurb: anaphylactic reactions: anaphylactic reactions, including fatalities, have been reported with the use of gastrografin. Patients... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Quickly: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive type of breast cancer. If you see skin changes on the breast, then see you doctor immediately.
A 36-year-old male asked:
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Yes: It is very important to compare current studies with any relevant previous study.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
Get a second opinion: It is possible this is simply "growing pains." however, it is reasonable to seek a second opinion on the MRI of the knee from a musculoskeletal speci... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Fat: Adipose is fat. This seen in dermoid tumors.
A 48-year-old member asked:
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More tests: You can expect more mammogram images, possibly a breast ultrasound. A breast mri, other studies, and biopsy may also be required.
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Lots: There is a lot more detail and information in an mri. For example, blood vessels and lymph nodes are much better evaluated using mri.
A 42-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Radiology
Nothing: The rash may or may not be related to the intravenous contrast. Take benedryl if it helps. See a doctor if rash persists. If you get another contra... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Maybe: Enlarged liver and fatty liver are not specific for cirrhosis. These are common findings with many liver diseases. Still, they are not normal and yo... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
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Worry never helped: If the ultrasound finds a cyst, then this not something to be concerned about unless it becomes painful or keeps getting larger.
A 27-year-old member asked:
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In the neck.: The thryoid gland is located in the anterior part of your neck above the clavicles and below the larynx (adams apple).
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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No: Before your MRI you will be asked a series of questions to determine if the MRI is safe for you. The metal plate in your leg should not prevent you f... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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An imaging procedure: Mri is an imaging procedure which provides the radiologist with detailed images of the body. The machine uses a very large magnet to help produce the... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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Transit time: This exam demonstrates the small bowel in detail and demonstrates the time it takes for the barium to get through the bowel. This test can also demon... Read More
A member asked:
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No: There is no pain associated with the procedure. Mri machines are quite loud and you will probably be supplied with earplugs and possibly headphones. ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
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Ultrasound pelvis: This exam technique is used primarily in the first trimester to give us a more detailed and accurate assessment of the pregnancy.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
Focus: A head ct takes about 10 - 40 seconds.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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No: That dose of radiation is well within acceptable limits. I suggest getting MRI of the brain to reduce your radiation and get more information.

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HealthTap member
Apr 9, 2013
I suffered a fall. The Radiologists here said that my films were normal yet I was in severe pain. I sent my films to Dr. Saponaro who found several fractures that they missed! I was able to get prope...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Saponaro is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Saponaro is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks, this checklist made me feel good I had my CT done last night in the ER. Came out clear, closer to diag.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
MD

Residency

PENNSYLVANIA HOSP OF THE UNIV OF PA HEALTH SYS

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Palm Springs/Rancho Mira, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Palm Springs/Rancho Mira, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Palm Springs/Rancho Mira, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Aurora Breast MRI Society
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