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Dr. Carl Decker

Radiology
La Crosse, WI
25 years experience male

Locations

Office

La Crosse, WI

Address

1900 South Ave, Dept of Radiology, La Crosse, WI
Directions

Practice website

Insurances accepted

Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan Inc

About

Bio

Military trained radiologist with interest in mammography and general radiology.

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

Licenses

United States: Wisconsin

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

220 Answers
518 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Probably normal: The septum pellucidum is a normal midline structure in the brain. When this thin membrane is split it forms a cavity. This may represent a normal anat... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Osteoporosis?: By "disintegrate" do you mean compression fracture or just not as clearly seen? In either case you may be developing osteoporosis - or inadequate mine... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Varies: It varies from one person to the next. Anywhere from 1-7 days. Small traces could be seen after that.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Radiologist: Generally you want to review your MRI results with the doctor that ordered the exam. If you are unable to do this, call the center where your MRI was ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
ALARA: All radiologic exams should be operated using an as low as reasonably achievable--that is perform the test using as little radiation as needed to get ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Often: When getting a ct scan it is often necessary to give a contrast injection. This helps in the detection of infection and tumors and to delineate vessel... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Most likely not: Brain tumor can present in a number of ways. You are at an unlikely age for brain tumor. Consider seeing your primary care provider or neurologist to ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
More fluid: Cysts can change size overtime due to production of more fluid.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Non-specific: A Slightly elevated D dimer is nonspecific. A negative CT scan with contrast virtually excludes pulmonary embolus as a major cause of the elevated d-d... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Big heart: Your heart may be either normal or slightly large. The diagnosis can be somewhat subjective, but the heart is supposed to be greater than 50% of the t... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Usually not: First trimester ultrasounds are usually accurate to within plus or -5 days. You might consider that the LMP is inaccurate.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Could be Crohn's disease: Your age, symptoms and ct findings do point to the possibility of crohn's disease. Have you seen a gastroenterologist?
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
See Dr.: The pain you're describing could be related to pregnancy; however, it could also be related to your ovaries are other pelvic structures. You may want ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Focus of infection: This is a focus of infection in the lung. Pt will likely receive antibiotics. May need follow-up to make sure it goes away - talk with your doc.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
See below: If you have a first degree relative (mother or sister) who was diagnosed at age <50 then take the age at diagnosis and subtract 10 years. So if your m... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Several: Pneumothorax (lung collapse), lung injury, spleen injury, pneumonia (from splinting) and vascular injury are among the more common.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Yes: This is frequently seen on ct scans of the abdomen, but could be seen on MRI as well.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Depends: Chiari i malformations may have no symptoms or headaches. Other chiari malformations may possibly lead to a shortened life span (for instance due to r... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Yes...: The barium part of the barium swallow is gluten free. If you are having a speech therapist present to do a video swallow, they sometimes give prod... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Very unlikely...: At 22 you have a very low likelihood of having colon cancer. Other causes for lack of appetite such as depression, anorexia, flu/cold, among many othe... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Both are safe.....: Mri has no ionizing radiation, thus there is no risk of radiation induced cancer. However, MRI is not for everyone. If you are claustrophobic, have a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Small back of skull.: Chiari malformations develop due to a decreased size in the back of the skull. Because there is not enough space for the brain to develop, a part of t... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Next - usually CT: A hyperechoic mass may be an angiomyolipoma, renal cell cancer, or hemorrhagic cyst among others. A ct would often be indicated to differentiate furth... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Bone scan can help: Bone scans can certainly help to confirm a clinical diagnosis of rsd with classic findings of unilateral diffuse periarticular uptake. I have certainl... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Not sure, but.....: It is possible to miss a brain tumor, especially when contrast is not used. That is true in a baby, child or adult. The tumor breaks down the blood... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Fluid: A pleural effusion refers to fluid between the two very thin linings of the lung. This may develop due to heart failure, infection, trauma, inflammat... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Possibly: Often your doctor will order an x-ray of your cervical spine first. Depending on the outcome your doctor may then order an mri.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
It depends.....: If you got the MRI through the emergency room you should get the results back that day. Otherwise, if the MRI is "routine" done as an outpatient it ca... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Never heard of this: I have never heard of development of a cerebral aneurysm due to poisoning.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
In many instances: Usually we see the results of the body's reaction to the parasite, rather than the parasite itself. Parasites such as cysticercosis can deposit materi... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
It is possible....: Symptoms may have developed without an actual stroke. Ct and MRI can only detect changes (such as cerebral edema) that develop after actual neuronal d... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Very young for cancer: At your age the lymph nodes in your neck are probably due to a reaction to infection or other inflammation. It is unlikely that they are due to cancer... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Family history, meds: Age at first period, use contraceptives, pregnancy history and use of hormones. If there are family members who have had breast cancer. Also any pers... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Difficult 2 swallow?: Video fluoroscopy is usually ordered in the setting of having difficulty swallowing or aspiration. Sometimes this happens following a stroke. Usually ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
No....: It is more likely that you are fine. Depending on the center you are seen at, recall rates vary from 1 in 20 to 1 in 10. Of those recalled, approximat... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
It depends.....: Mri is better at diagnosing disk herniations and is more commonly ordered than ct for back pain. Ct is better at looking at the bony structure of ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Sometimes.: It all depends on the region being scanned and the indication for the study. Generally speaking contrast is used when looking for tumor and infection.... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
YES: Assuming we're talking about an aortic aneurysm, all three can be useful in the detection of aortic aneurysm. Ct and echo would be the most sensitive.
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Start with mammogram: Current guidelines recommend the following patients get screening MRI in addition to screening mammogram. 1. Brca mutation 2. First-degree relative of... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Gastrograffin: You do not drink barium for a ct scan, only fluoroscopy exams. Barium is too dense for ct. For a ct you drink gastrograffin in order to highlight the ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
None: While called an endocrine disorder, to my knowledge, there is no specific organ/gland damage. Any pathologist can to weigh in?
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Generally not....: Only a very few very recently produced pacemakers are MRI compatible. Report the manufacturer and model to your radiology dept and they can determine... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Many possibilities: Probably the most common indication is worse headache of your life. Otherwise, has there been a new neurological symptom such as weakness, numbness, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Depends on body part: If you look at the brain, for instance, ct can see a stroke, but MRI can see it sooner. In the shoulder ct looks at the bony structures well, but does... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Joke: what is the : Radiologists favorite plant? Answer: the hedge. On a pa/lateral chest xray the heart may be up to 50% of the thoracic diameter. Beyond this the... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Beginning at age 40.: The U.S. Department of health and human services, american cancer society, american medical association and the american college of radiology recomme... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Quick and safe: You lay on the ct gantry table and the technologist does a scout scan of your head. Using the appropriate landmarks, the technologist then tells the s... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Depends on study: Accuracy is dependent on the body part being scanned.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Not long.: You should get results that day from your radiologist. The final report is usually available same day or the next.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology 25 years experience
Yes: Especially if done without contrast. Mri with contrast is the superior mode of detection.

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Dr. Decker is a compassionate and dedicated physician and bright radiologist!
Obviously great knowledge and experience
A spot on radiologist.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u very much i had a brain haemorage and have a shunt fitted in my brain i still suffer wiv headaches now and again.
HealthTap member
Appreciate the response, just can't understand how I can go to bed perfectly fine and wake up in excruciating pain. Oh well, live and learn.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! No ultrasound. Abd ct with contrast negative . Low grade temps pain nausea

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School, IL
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

madigan army medical center

Awards

Luisada Cardiology Award, Chicago Medical School
Top Doctor, Second Place, La Crosse Region, WI - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, La Crosse Region, WI - Summer
2013

Affiliations

gundersen lutheran
American College of Radiology
Radiologic Society of North America
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