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Dr. Neil Halin

Interventional Radiology
Boston, MA
40 years experience male

Locations

Office

Boston, MA

Address

800 WASHINGTON St, Box 253, Boston, MA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

BlueCross BlueShield

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Neighborhood Health Plan

Tufts Health Plan

UnitedHealthcare

Office

Boston, MA

Pratt Radiology Associates

Boston, MA

About

Bio

I have been actively practicing Cardiovascular and Interventinoal Radiology for over 20 years in an academic setting. This has allowed me to work with and train many medical students, residents and fellows. My interests extend to developing new technology in the CVIR field, advanced 3D imaging, treating complex vascular (arterial and venous) disease using minimally invasive techniques, interventional oncology, aortic disease and many other areas of Radiology. I also have an interest in medical informatics, especially as it pertains to imaging. As part of our CardioVascular Center at Tufts, I have worked closely with all parts of our center, Cardiology, Vascular Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, trying to optimize patient care. We work to streamline diagnosis and treatment, to improve health delivery while always working to keep cost in mind.

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Interventional Radiology

Doctor Q&A

144 Answers
34 Agrees
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Imaging test alone.: MRCP is an imaging test only. It can check for fatty liver (but a biopsy is usually required to confirm this), bile duct narrowing or obstruction and ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Varies: Fibroids can have no symptoms (asymptomatic) or cause pain, pressure, frequent urination, constipation or bleeding. Look at www.ask4ufe.com for inform... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Rarely: Retrievable filters (most of the recently placed ones) usually come out with little problems. We check to see if they clot caught in them before remov... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Yes.: Having one episode of DVT does make you at higher risk to have another dvt. Many people need ongoing anticoagulation for incidences of severe dvt. Co... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Why so many?: Why would you have weekly CT scans? Each scan has a tiny radiation risk but normally people have only a small number. If there is some very severe med... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
In some settings.: In the outpatient setting, where you have not had recent surgery or other reasons to put you into a "high risk" category, a negative d-dimer is enough... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Can't tell: Everyone is different. I would suggest that you research a local "open magnet" to help with your claustrophobia. These are easy to see out of, not a t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Consult: you should see a Vascular Surgeon or Interverntional Radiologist who specializes in venous diseases. You might benefit from further intervention to re... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Talk with your docto: If you have a palpable lump (one you can feel yourself) you must get it checked out. If this makes you too scared, please go to your doctor and ask th... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
It is a good start.: High blood pressure can be from many causes. The most difficult to diagnose is something called 'essential hypertension' which basically means 'you ha... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Yes: We use thin slice ct for many things but it is especially helpful when we look for pulmonary embolism. To see a pe you would need to have intravenous ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Yes: Fibroids can grow in any woman that has not gone through menopause. Fibroids are estrogen dependent so even menopausal women on estrogen replacement c... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Maybe: Fibroids must be associated with the uterus. The uterus moves around and fibroids that are on the outside of the uterus on a stalk (exophytic) can mov... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
UFE: While ufe does not remove the fibroids it does kill them. Much the same way that we treat liver, kidney and lung tumors with embolization and ablation... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Do you have symptoms: If you don't have symptoms then it is hard to make asymptomatic better. If you have pain, bloating, bleeding, any of the things fibroids can cause the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Likely part of it.: The pitting is due to increased pressure in the veins as the clot blocks some of the venous return to the heart. The fluid backs up and leaks out of t... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Rales: Crackles when breathing, assuming they are coming from your lungs, can be related to fluid in the tiny alveoli and bronchioles. This can be from many ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Could be nothing: But could be a symptom of carotid artery stenosis. Not to panic. Tell your doctor about it and let them listen to your neck for a bruit. They might or... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Why another opinion?: Is she not getting better? Is she on anticoagulation (blood thinners)? Most gps can treat simple DVT of the calf. If more information is needed, often... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Not impossible: Us dating is fairly accurate so the likelihood is that 23 weeks is close to the date. I doubt that it is a month off, more likely a week off.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
See a Urologist: Most small stones pass by themselves. Some require lithotripsy either percutaneous or through a scope. Some require a tube through your back into the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Many ways: Have you seen a urologist? Kidney stones often pass on their own with good hydration. If not, urologists can sometimes take them out using a scope thr... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Maybe: Girdles will constrict your abdominal cavity putting pressure on your inferior vena cava (ivc). This will limit or slow blood flow and in a patient wi... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
It can take a while.: Firstly it might depend on how swollen you started out. Secondly it matters if you had active treatment (catheter based) or passive (drugs only). With... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Of : Of course i don't know what prompted you to get the xray. The report sounds like you have some degenerative disease (spine arthritis, effects of aging... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Research the web: I would consult with your gynecologist regarding treatment of your fibroids. Fibroids are benign tumors and while general rules of healthy nutrition ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Why hysterectomy?: Knowing nothing about your fibroids i just would ask if you have considered a uterine fibroid embolization (ufe) treatment. It is a minimally invasive... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Possibly: While some patients do have something called chronic pulmonary embolism, the odds of having that without ever being diagnosed with DVT are small. You ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Don't understand ?: You drink water for an ultrasound of the pelvis so that the bladder is full. This forms a good "window" for the ultrasound to go through to see your u... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Many causes: If you have had multiple kidney stones you really should be consulting with a urologist and possibly an endocrinologist. Kidney stones can be caused b... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Quite a bit.: "minute clinics" in cvs stores are staffed by nurse practitioners and are the cheapest alternative. Walk-in freestanding clinics staffed by physicians... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Several options: The treatment of fibroids can range from medical (hormones) to surgical (hysterectomy/myomectomy) to minimally invasive (ufe, uterine fibroid emboliza... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
NO: You are just asymptomatic. If you sputum is positive you need to be on active therapy.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Ultrasound: If you really suspect that you have DVT or even superficial thrombophlebitis, an ultrasound or non-invasive scan would be the way to go to check for b... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Aneurysm: An aneurysm is an outpouching of the vessel wall. These can be congenital (from birth) or acquired. What this means is that she is at increased risk o... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Doppler: The scan can show the direction of blood flow and therefore it can tell front from backward flow.
A female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Good: With proper anticoagulation and treatment of the cause of the pulmonary embolism you should be fine.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
It will help: Make sure to stay well hydrated and walk around on the plane. The worst thing is to sit still, drink alcohol and get dehydrated.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Comon: In a patient who is at high risk for developing a blood clot due to injury, surgery or genetic reasons it is not unreasonable to do repeated ultrasoun... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Pretty much: During a mammogram, the technologist will use the machine to compress the breast flat. This is done to even out the thickness of the tissue to make it... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
How well it empties: The ejection fraction measures how well your gallbladder empties. Stones and sludge can cause blockages and the test can help diagnose this. Sludge is... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
No.: Penicillin is not a type of fungus. It was derived from a fungus, really a mold. Your foot fungus (athlete's foot) will not lead to brain damage or al... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Not sure: You have had the full workup except the mrcp. If you are not having symptoms, stop having tests. If after all these tests they still do not definitive... Read More
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Probably nothing: Small joint effusions can be caused by many, many things, most require no testing or intervention. If the joint hurts, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Maybe: "sinus disease" is likely a catchall phrase. It would normally include chronic sinusitis, allergic sinusitis, sinus polyps and certainly bacterial or ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
Sort of: You can have a stroke in the uterus (extremely, extremely rare) or any time after you are born. It is not really 'congenital' per se. What could be co... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
It depends: Why were you getting the hysterosalpingogram? Was it for an infertility workup? Uterine fibroids? You may be able to have an MRI of the pelvis to look... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
No: This is what we call a 'normal variant' and is of no consequence unless you need surgery on your aorta (such as in the case of an aneurysm). In this s... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
About 45 mins: Most scanners would put you in head first. The scan length varies but should be around 45 minutes. Most scanners let you wear their headphones and lis... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Neil Halin
Interventional Radiology 40 years experience
From : From what i understand of your question, you are being asked to come back for "more views" on an MRI that you recently had. While this is not common, ... Read More

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Jun 5, 2013
I know Dr. Halin profesionally for many years & also personally as a patient. He deserves the highset praise as a superb interventional radiologist. He is both extremely experienced & skillful in all ...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Halin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Halin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks, I'm looking for the least invasive measure to treat my fibroids they are pressing on my spine lower back.
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Hello. Thank you for your response. However, I had a laprascopic total hysterectomy on May 29th. I am home recovering.
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you! I'm 23 years old if that changes anything.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduated 1986MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency

Metropolitan Hospital, Philadelphia

Awards

Best of Boston - Physicians, Boston Magazine
Best of Boston -Physcians, Boston Magazine
Fellow, Society of Interventional Radiology

Affiliations

Society of Interventional Radiology
New England Society of Interventional Radiology
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine

Publications

Radiofrequency thermal wire is a useful adjunct to treat chronic central venous occlusions
Endovascular Treatment of Stenoses in a Pediatric Patient with Incomplete Aortic Duplication, Mesenteric Ischemia, and Renovascular Hypertension
The Relationship of Obesity and Radiation Exposure to the Vascular Interventionalis
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