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Dr. Philip Chao

Radiology
Lewes, DE
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Lewes, DE

Address

17252-9 N. Village Main Blvd, Five Points Shopping Center, Lewes, DE, US
Directions

Insurances accepted

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

MRI Consultants Lewes

Lewes, DE

About

Bio

Neuroradiologis - voted one of the top docs in Radiology in the State of DE. Top Doc 2012 in Delaware Today. I am here to try to answer your questions about radiology and neuroradiology and . Also to promite two concepts the quality of MRI matters and the safety of the contrast material is important. So many doctors misunderstand the proper use of MRI for various diseases. Did you know that a simple MRI study can predict whether or not you will have a heart attack in the following year? Did you know that 25% of patients over age 60 have rotator cuff disease or small tears which need to be treated. Did you know that we can diagnosis superficial temporal arteritis non invasively using 3T MRI. Did you know that 3T MRI is the only MRI that is 100% sensitive for detection of breast cancer. I have 30 years of experience doing MRIs to share with all people including doctors and I want to help people with that experience. I truly want to answer your questions about MRI and how to use it properly. Prostate MRI and MRI guided biopsy is going to be a important new use of MRI. Also diffusion tensor imaging and quantitative MRI is going to help us understand brain trauma. So called connectivity studies will help us study parkinsons disease and also autism. You need to ask why MRI can help you and it does not use ionizing radiation. Safe and detailed MRI is what we need. 3T MRI has more contrast and more detail and is twice as fast as MRI done at 1.5T. You should always try to get a 3T MRI if you can. This can really help you as it often sees up to 50% more detail and lesions - depending on how you run the scanner. The contrast dose can also be lowered to 1/2 dose safely because T1 contrast is lengthened and therefore you see the contrast basically twice as well. For people who are concerned about any use of contrast - using super safe contrast at half dose is what we have done for 8 years in Newark Delaware. We even have Eovist contrast in stock.

Specialties
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Radiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

776 Answers
206 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
DIFFUSE AXONAL INJUR: Is a serious brain injury. One might never recover from it. The hemorrhage is just one example of the brain damage. There may be secondary atrophy.... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Fatigue does not cau: Cause seizures. What you might say is that seizures can be caused by irritability of your brain. Seizure meds reduce the number of severity of seziu... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
They are not usually: Related but if you have loss of blood flow to all your organs i suppose you can get multi organ failure. You need to consult your doctor. These thin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Contains the nerves: Which go to your muscles of your body and also to the sensory receptors in your body. You have a complex nervous system which has sympathetic, paras... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
No: There are about 7-8 marketed MRI contrasts in the us. The safest ones do not cause nsf. These are multihance, ProHance and eovist. None of these ha... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
It could be an OCD: Osteochondral defect. This is better seen on mri. You need a high field MRI 1.5t or 3t if your doc thinks it might help.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Need a pregnancy tes: Test. The best ones are done by a doctor. The over the counter ones are not as reliable.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
See your doctor: This is a specialized problem and usually your ear does not bleed so i think leaving it alone is not a good idea. Also I am not sure you know it is a... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Possible scar tissue: From the injury. Some people get pains with the weather but some have constant pain. As long as your doctor is aware of this and says it is ok then ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
5x2x3cm: From wikipedia average size is 2 inchesx0.8x1.2inches.
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Having less strength: On one side than the other is not normal. Is it because of pain. If this persists go see a doctor to evaluate why you have so little strength on one... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Bleeding is importan: In the brain. Many physicians are unaware how this changes the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and headache. It would be very important to see if y... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Could be melanoma: Any black spots which are changing or growing in size needs to be evaluated by a dermatologist. But I am hopeful this is just some other type of ski... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Perhaps: A pain specialist can do a temporary brachial nerve block. Consult your doctor if there is a physician that could do this.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
I would encourage yo: You to read the whole report. When a radiologist describes a spot they will also say what they think it means. If they say they are not sure then - ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well: As long as your doctor is following it carefully you should follow their advice. How big is this cyst. If it is over 5 cm in size i tend to get mor... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well you did not spe: Specify if this was before or after contrast. If you see an enhancing lesion - it can be benign but it might be malignant. It depends on the appeara... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Lupus and other dise: Cause an alteration in your immune system. There can be abnormal bleeding in the brain. Special mr scans called susceptibility weighted imaging can ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
LBP worse with resp: And deep breathing mgiht be from your rib cage rather than your back. Are you getting pain int he chest - which is pkeurisy or in yoru back? It also... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Dont think home rx: Will work. You need to see a colo rectal surgeon to see if they can do any resonstructive surgery. Some people with this condition have terrible lif... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Small bowel MRI: Is superior to ct of the small bowel. Mri shows tissues and tissue contrast better than ct. It shows enhancement better. It is safer. The contrast ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Very hard: To make people eat when they dont want to. I assume you are not going to put in a feeding tube.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well see your family: Doctor. If you have right upper quadrant pain and chills... You currently dont have a fever - check your temperature more closely. If it goes abov... Read More
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A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Mild: Generally an aneurysm has a small chance of rupture per year. At a certain size they tend to be treated. You can discuss this with your doctor. Tre... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well stop feeding on: That side - or use a breast pump to get mild gently. But need to discuss this with your ob/gyn.
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A female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Not related: Ovarian cysts can be normal by the way. Ask your doctor what they think. But hunger, and bowel changes are something to do with your bowels. You mig... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Possible herniated: Disc. Not sure. Ear popping is due to your inner ear, middle ear and eustachian tube. Your neck pain could be from your mastoids which is a bone ne... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Is there something : False you heard? Precum is the liquid that comes from the urethra before ejaculation and orgasm. It comes from the male prostate gland. I won... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
no not related: Empty sella is a normal variation of the sella. It is thought to be from CSF pulsation but this is not related to htn.
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
No: Most people do not have a visible line from their belly button to their anus i assume. How did you develop this line?
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
I do MRIs: Generally symptoms related to the posterior fossa of the brain can be clinically diagnosed but they cannot be certain there is no stroke or tumor pres... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well most females: Cannot directly inspect their urethra which is hard to see. But you should ask your doctor about this. I would get a doctor to look at you and decid... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Ask your doctor: I would assume this is probbaby not going to affect your breast feeding but you should ask your doctor who does the procedure. That is the person to ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
possibly unlikely: Acoustic neuromas present sometimes as tinnitus or a sensorineural hearing loss. Not usually transient. You should see an ENT specialist. If they f... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Not sure: since you are saying you have shortness of breath and malaise a visit to your doctor and a chest xray to see how well inflated your lungs are and pulm... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Change in skin color: Can be from many things. Have you seen a dermatologist to ask them what they feel is the cause? It could be from increased melanin in the skin. I w... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Yes it is fine: You will notice that in sports teams there is a team doctor and they use ice or heat. I tell the patients their body sense is good. If it feels bett... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Not normal but: The combination of either tight panties or intercourse or both could have bruised your vagina.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
You can: If you vomit a lot you can get dehydrated and also have an electrolyte imbalance. If you feel very poorly after vomiting try to hold down liquids wit... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
In the old days: We suggest gargling with warm salt water and possible mouthwash to reduce bacteria. I am not sure how effective this is. We dont do tonsillectomy an... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
You cant: By yourself. Numbess and pain is a parasthesia and is not normal. If persistent it need to be examined with a neuro workup and exam and also to look... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Rest, sleep well, re: Reduce stress and consider using otc medications. If headaches persist see your doctor.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Can take months: Depends on if you are able to replace your iron and that the diagnosis was correct in the first place.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Hard to know: You desribe degenerative changes. When you shave the hip it might improve but you are losing bone and therefore these problems might re occur or get ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Dont have a specific: Doctor to recommend. You can go to a pain specialist. Back pain is common. There are many specialized clinics. The better ones have a multi discip... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well this is complex: Vertebral hemangioma is a common entity and seen in perhaps 1 in 5 patients. Its is very common. Cancer in a 39 yo is uncommon and unlikely but not ... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Well you can: But i would add that the recent studies show that austism and adhd are best studied by a so called connectivity scan. A special MRI scan which shows ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
Ask your doctor: Occult cerebrovascular malformation and caa is a form of bleeding in the brain which can be hard to detect. If your MRI was done on an open MRI or it... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
I am not aware : That eating just before sleep is good. In general having food in your stomach leads to reflux.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
There are many: Just try to steer away from high fat and sugar and salt. Fish is a good snack - squid, shrimp, lobster... All are high in protein. Lean meats are ... Read More
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Mar 24, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your answer and no she does not have that and they are unsure how or why she has it! She is now showing regression with weakness
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Thankyou thats really helped but because im 17 the doctors wont do fertility tests till im 21 which is a problem. but thanks for the help
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thanks dr. so what are these separted problems.i have seen many xoctors and they didnt know the problem or any treatment could help.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn SUNY

Awards

alpha omega alpha, 1985 SUNY Downstate
Top Doctor, Second Place, Salisbury, MD - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Salisbury, MD - Winter
2013
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