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Dr. Tushar Patel

Radiology
Fountain Valley, CA
27 years experience

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Fountain Valley, CA

Address

Orange County MRI, 17150 Euclid St, Fountain Valley, CA
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About

Bio

I am a board certified radiologist and completed my residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Yale and a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Southern California. My expertise is in cancer imaging, especially PET/CT imaging. I work in Orange County, California. I have been awarded with SuperDoctors 2011 Los Angeles.

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Radiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

48 Answers
12 Agrees
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Foramen stenosis: There is normally fat surrounding the exiting nerve. When the nerve is pinched by a vertebral disc rupture, bone spur, or other mass, the amount of f... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Yes: Over the age of 40, you should have annual mammograms, and annual doctor exam of your breasts. You should perform monthly self breast exam as well. ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
No: Ultrasound uses sound waves to look inside the body (like sonar). It does not expose you to radiation like xrays and ct scans. A breast ultrasound s... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Fluid next to lung: Fluid located between the ribs and lungs is called a pleural effusion. Benign means that the doctor thinks there are no cancer cells within the pleur... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Healthy living: Keep your blood pressure & cholesterol under control, regular exercise and a healthy diet. Also make sure to "exercise your mind" by doing things li... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
It depends: Some gallstones are painless. Some gallstones can cause right upper abdominal pain after eating, called billiary colic. Gallstones can slso block th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Trauma or bleb: Most common cause is a rib fracture that punctures the lung causing lung collapse from pneumothorax. Another cause is rupture of a bleb (an air fille... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
See a doctor: Rectal bleeding can be from a variety of causes including hemmorhoids, colon cancer, diverticular disease, etc. You need to get it checked out by your... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
More water: You need to stay well hydrated and drink water. The gastrointestinal tract is like a river that needs water to keep things moving. Also start eating... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Bone cancer: When a cancer spreads to a bone or many bones, it is called bone metastasis. For example a lung cancer or breast cancer that has spread to the bones ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Usually specialists: Endoscopic ultrasound (i.e. Eus) is performed by gastroenterologists who are specifically trained in this relatively new technique. The test is usual... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Contrast reaction: Make sure to let your doctors know you had this delayed reaction to intravenous contrast. Next time you are scheduled for a ct scan, angiogram, or any... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Chest X-ray: Chest x-ray is most often utilized test. If the diagnosis still remains uncertain, occasionally, a chest ct scan can be performed.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Easy test: You will need to lie still on the ct scanner table for about 5 minutes. If the ct scan is order with contrast injection into a vein, then you need to... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Sonar vs Xray: Breast ultrasound use sound waves (i.e. Sonar) and are used to determine if a lump is solid, (usually require biopsy) or a cyst (a fluid containing le... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Cancer : It needs to be biopsied or completely removed by a physician. It then needs to be checked under the microscope by a pathologist to determine the type ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Natural remedies: Drink more water (at least 8 glasses a day), eat leafy green vegetables and higher fiber foods. Prune juice can also work. You need to check if you ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Bone cancer: Osteosarcoma is a cancer that begins in the bones, most commonly seen around the knee, but can involve any bone. It can be painful and can also sprea... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Not necessarily: Ultrasound would be a more accurate test to evaluate the contents of an ovarian cyst. Ovarian cysts are common findings. You should see your gynecol... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Probable biopsy: A spiculated mass is often worrisome for cancer. However this also could be from a prior lung infection. Your doctors may consider a needle biopsy o... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Not always: You will need to see your gynecologist and will likely get a pelvic ultrasound to get a more detailed look inside this ovary cyst to check for any wal... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
No: Mrcp is a safe procedure that involves exposure to a powerful magnetic field, . As long as you do not a heart pacemaker, aneurysm surgical clips in th... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Maybe: A chest ct scan without dye/contrast injection should only take less than a minute on a newer ct scanner. If you can close your eyes and hold a deep ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Prior mammograms: It is helpful if you can bring any reports or the films from your prior mammograms, breast ultrasounds, or breast MRI scans. If you do not have acces... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Not always: Sometimes we need a second more detailed look at a "spot" or calcification in the breast with different xray views. This helps us decide if you need ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
See a doctor: Blood in the urine can be from tumors in the urinary tract (bladder, kidneys, urethra), from urinary tract stones, infection, or trauma. You need to ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Depends on diagnosis: Usually MRI scans of the spine and joints (shoulder, knees, etc) do not need a contrast injection. Contrast is given for spine MRI scans to search fo... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Both are helpful: Mammograms use x-ray technique and are better at detecting tiny calcium deposits that may signal an early breast cancer than ultrasound. Mammograms c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
You are human: It is natural to be worried about the health of your fetus. However, do not let fear disrupt your life. Please do not fear the things which you can n... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
See your doctor now: You need to have a doctor examine your breasts. You will need an ultrasound and perhaps mammogram of your breast to further evaluate the lump. You s... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Not always: As with all exercise, the body will adapt to it and become more efficient at it, and therefore give you less returns/results for your efforts. If all... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Ultrasound: Ultrasound and MRI scans of the pelvis are more accurate in the evaluation of the uterus and ovaries than is ct scan. Hysterosalpingogram is an imagi... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Need to see Doctor: You will need a doctor to examine your breasts and order imaging studies such as mammogram and breast ultrasound. Bloody nipple discharge is worrisom... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Sinus: I assume you had a brain MRI and the report commented on mucoperiosteal disease in the sinuses next to the nose and skull. This means thickening of t... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
It depends: It depends on the size &of the tumor and location. If the tumor is located near the edge of the liver, it can irratate the liver capsule (i.e. Liver... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Proper diet: Running alone will not get you a flat stomach. Having "6 pack abs" is a function of what you eat in conjunction with a well balanced exercise program... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Yes: Your liver has to be in the center of the MRI tunnel so your head will have to be inside the machine. If you were scanning your knee or ankle, then y... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
MRI is best: Mri is the most accurate way to diagnosis disc herniation in the spine. Next accurate would be a ct scan myelogram which is a ct after a spinal punct... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Immobilize it: At the least, a broken finger needs to be immobilized with a splint to allow the bone to heal. Some fractures are treated with surgical pins to bring... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Inspiration & Hope: Cancer survivors can serve as educators in promoting awareness of their cancer and encouraging others to undergo screening tests such as colonoscopy, ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Chest CT scan: To search for a lung nodule, chest ct scan is more accurate than a chest xray. To see if a nodule is cancerous, depending on the size and location in... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Colonoscopy: The best test to find colon cancer is colonoscopy, which is a fiber optic camera evaluation of the colon. Blood tests such as CEA levels are not used... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
PET/CT scan: You need to fast for 4 hours first, then you will recieve an injection of a small amount of radioactive glucose (i.e. Sugar). Next you will sit in a r... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Interesting question: Xray, ct scan, MRI scan, ultrasound have black backgrounds. Nuclear medicine scans such as bone scans, pet/ct scans, and gallbladder scans have whit... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Proper technique: Do slow controlled deadhang pullups with a slow descent. Avoid kipping & swinging. Avoid locking out your elbows at the bottom of the pull up. You... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Hematoma: Blood can accumulate between the inside layer of the skull and the outside layer of the brain. This is a subdural or epidural hematoma depending on wh... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
No: Xeromammography has been replaced by the current and more accurate mammography techniques. Xeromammography hasn't been used in clinical detection of ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 27 years experience
Prune juice: Drink lots of water and you can try a little prune juice.

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Dr. Patel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Patel is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1995MD

Awards

SuperDoctors 2011 Los Angeles
Top Doctors 2010 Orange County
Top Radiologist, First Place, Orange County, CA - Winter
2013
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