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Dr. Philip Chao

Radiology
Lewes, DE
38 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

968 Answers
258 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Hmmm: 3 lesions do not sound good. But lesions are just things that stick out. I would ask your doctor what they think. Do you need a repeat scan in 4-6 ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well you can google : It. It is a seed which has beneficial antibiotic properties and also can be eaten. It is used in poultices and can be used to purify water. Most we... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Yes and: Can also see stress fractures and bone lesions. It can also see pelvic masses. It is best for the soft tissues and superior to ct for this.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well benign lymph: Nodes are not palpable. Also on breast MRI they can tell if it was a lymph node by its shape and enhancement pattern. The problem is that lymph node... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
My dad lived for: About 10 years but he restricted potassium and also had EPO shots.. This helped a lot. You need to ask your nephrologist. My dad had one.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well icing it might: Help. Also raising yuor hand above your heart will help reduce swelling. But you could also have a stress fracture which might not show up on xray. ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Not sure: Is it possible you have some other reason for dizziness. It is not commonly a side effect of eating protein and fat. Anyhow recurrent symptoms are a... Read More
A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Neuroradiologist: Is the most qualified to read your MRI study. A certificate of added qualitification and then a possible maintenance of certification could be needed... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
you sound pretty fit: Most of us older men are way more bodyfat. I am not a trainer so everything is within normal guidelines is fine.
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
See your gastroenter: Ologist. People with crohns have a delicate balance... And your meds also are part of this. Your recent flu threw you off balance and you nee to se... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
MS can take a while: To diagnose. It is a clinical diagnosis. Your doctor does not clinically feel you have ms yet but over time as symptoms change and findings on tests... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Left facial symptoms: Are usually a function o the left facial nerve. You should see a doctor. When you smile... Is the left side of your face weaker? This can be seriou... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well it depends: Ct and xray shows bone but not muscle, cartilage, labrum, bursitis or disc herniation as well as mri. So after a normal xray - or just an xray showin... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Every person is uniq: Uniquely different. Bloating and gas is from swallowing air. Try not to swallow or gulp. Intentionally breath calmly and make only small swallows b... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Unexplained wt loss: In an older patient if you have a large weight loss you worry that the patient has cachexia and possible cancer.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
I did a search on: Ucmas and id not find the company which is promoting this but it sounds like neuro cognitive training. There are many programs which say they have do... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Try hydrocortisone: As well. If it does not work in over the counter strengths you might need to see a specialist to get a prescription for stronger medication.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Sounds serious: Increasing dizziness an light headedness are not very specific symptoms. However they could point to a neurological disorder in the posterior fossa o... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well not normal: You have meno metrorrhagia. Bleeding between periods. This can be from many things but it is not exactly normal. If you are having very heavy cramp... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Hmm doubtful: Usually shoulder pain is not relate to gerd but you can ask your doctor who is treating your gerd what they think. It is true that gb problems can p... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
These are totally: Different. Spina bifida means that yoru spinal cord is open. It is a failure in development of the lower lumbar spine and sacrum. However hydroceph... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Yes: A blood test for viral antibodies is never 100 percent.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Hard to know: Thigh mass swelling could be a blod clot could be an infection could be a mass see a doctor if the mass persists. In the case of a clot since... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
It could be: I assume you know you are pregnant. You should tell your doctor if these persist. They sometimes have treatments for you.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Near syncope: Can be from many things. See a doctor. Are you saying you have a doctor who says you have iron deficiency anemia?
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Just rest: And a good nights sleep can help. Some people use herbal remedies. Some of this is placebo effect. Sometimes just having your friends over and feel... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
100.6 is mild fever: Or low grade fever. Left stomach irritation or tickling is possibly normal. Rib cage pain or funny sensation can be costochondritis. Ask your docto... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well having multiple: Incidents do make me think you are abnormal in some way? Maybe genetics, maybe a platelet disorder or clotting disorder. You need to consult a blood... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Adrenal gland is not: Usually the cause of seizures. It is an endocrine gland which secretes hormones. In general unless the hormones cause a severe electroplyte imbalanc... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
You miss your period: If you are asking about physical signs... That depends on the patient and the fetus size. Some people do not show the pregnancy till late. Some show... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Thats odd: You should always have the cysts in your ovaries if you have pco. So maybe you did not have pco.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
No: I do not this this is proven to work in any study that i know about. And since seizures can literally be fatal - i would ask your neurologist about t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
I don't know: But people can live for a long time after spinal cord injury. Its more about other care issues. You want to make sure you don't get bedsores or any ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Hard to say: What the cause of leg pain is. It coudl be a bone lesion, a back problem, a muscle problem. Is it your knee? Is it the calf? Is your leg swollen? ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Timing: If you eat a food and get sick then thats usually food poisoning if you get sick without eating then that could be morning sickness of course so... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
You need a doctor: To evaluate you and see if you can get a liver transplant if possible. In some cass your liver failure could be transient. But you still need a doct... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Pain and swelling: Clots int he brain can migrate down to the heart. If the clot is in a artery it is a so called dissection. It could be a clot from yoru carotid arte... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well not really: Of course you can have injury only to your cord but usually since there is a very heavily muscled and ligamentous and bony structures surrounding you... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
A mass: A tumor by definition is a swelling. And i tend to agree it might look different. Mri uses many different pulse sequences to image your body. The t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
It is dangerous to : Have brain surgery. If your epidermoid lesion is not symptomatic you could temporize. It is a benign tumor. But i would suggest you get a second op... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Hard to tell : You can try Aspirin or nsaids but if you have a swollen calf then yuo shoudl see a doctor to rule out the possibility of a DVT - deep venous thrombosi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Pink eye: Or redness. Does it itch? If it persists then see your eye doctor. They will be able to help you.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
You need to ask your: Doctor and let them know your myxopapillary ependymoma is causing new symptoms. I am assuming that is what you have although it is quite rare. Make ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Prolonged bleeding: Or menorhaggia or menometrorhaggia can be from an infection, possibly pregnant. I think you should consult an OB gyn doctor for further evaluation.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
See your doc: Rashes that hurt can be from your pregnancy. There is something called thrombocytopenia or itp which your doctor needs to know about. Are you on... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Possibly GERD: Ask your ob/gyn doctor. Maybe you have a hiatal hernia?
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Depends on genetics: The epidemiology of this is different depending on your race and culture and where you live. So it is mostly genetic and also dependent on if you hav... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
It is a problem of y: Yoru pancreas secreting enough Insulin when you need it. The types of diabetes i and ii also affect your bodies response to sugar intake (or carb). ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Two different things: Hematochezia. Can be from many things. The radiculopathy is likely t be from something else. Both need to be evaluated by a doctor.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
With good care: You need very careful medical care if you have such an injury. A nurse is helpful. A physcial therapist and neurologist and neurosurgeon all work to... Read More

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Mar 24, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Chao is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 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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Thank you. My guess is that due to muscle stiffness and weakness and sudden onset of tremor in right arm they might be looking at PD

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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