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Dr. Steven Chmielewski

Diagnostic Radiology
Reading, PA
32 years experience male

Locations

JM Winston Radiology Associates

Reading, PA

Address

2500 Bernville Rd., Reading, PA, US
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: 12am - 1159am
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

AmeriHealth

Capital Blue Cross

CIGNA Health Care

Geisinger Health Plans

Medicaid

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About

Bio

I am active in my community, serving on our local school board and as a cub scout den leader for 7 years. I enjoy fishing, reading and the shooting sports as well as many aquatic activities.

Specialties
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Diagnostic Radiology

Nuclear Medicine

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280 Answers
543 Agrees
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Not in young males.: 1 mg of Propecia (finasteride) had no effect on spermatogenesis.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Many things.: I'd need more information, but if you've had a headache for 5 days, you should see a doctor or go to the nearest emergency room. Headache symptoms can... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Unrelated.: I'm not sure why you are having symtoms. It's possible the cyst ruptured, but there are many causes of right sided pelvic pain. If the pain does not r... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Different imaging.: Sometimes things can be well demonstrated on ct and not ultrasound and vice versa. I'd need your studies to compare. Occaisionally, there are artifact... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Dehydration.: You sound like you have severe dehydration. You should go to the emergency room.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Disofenin is: A compound that is actively cleared by the liver through the bile duct system. When 'labeled' with tc99m, a radioactive substance it can be visualized... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes.: A noncontrast ct can easily "miss" small aneurysms. Although conventional angiography is still the "gold standard". Mr angiography is very good and no... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Fluid filled sac.: Cysts are fluid filled sacs that can be seen in many organs, such as the liver, kidney and even in bones. True cysts are always benign and should be l... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Unlikely to be TB: Tb is pretty rare today. Given that you're smoker that's the most likely cause of your cough. Stop smoking! allergies, pneumonia, bronchiti, asthma an... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
May be c-spine: Your symptoms may be related to the cervical spine. Ask your doctor about other possible causes. Also, ct does not show the detail in the brain as wel... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
There are different : Types of migraine headaches almost always have negative ft or not which is done to make sure it's not something else.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Hemorrhoids.: Most common cause of bright red blood, particularly on toilet paper.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Need more info.: A "spot" on the liver could be anything from a benign cyst to a tumor. I'm not at all certain what the "fullness" of the kidney is and and gallbladde... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Bring: Bring twice the amount of prescription meds you'll need on a trip in case you get stranded.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
It could.: Beside physical exam, ct is the "gold standard" for detecting recurrent hernia. However, since the hernia may be transiet (comes and goes) it might no... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
You can't: If you truly have a bladder infection, you need appropriate tests, urinalysis, culture, and antibiotics.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Many things.: It can detect many conditions. Ct is particulaly good at detecting bleeding in the acute setting and hydrocephalus, and some masses. It's not nearly a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Probably cysto: Cystoscopy. The complete workup for hematuria includes cystoscopy. Ct is good, but a direct look is always better.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Need more info.: Accurate for what? Determining viability or age of gestation? Regardless no test is '100%'.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Probably.: Kids have very reactive immune systems, and it's not uncommon for them to develop enlarged lymph nodes after minor insults. If it doesn't resolve in a... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Protein! Eggs are : Great. High carb breakfasts can cause you to crash or be sleepy. Not something you want on test day!
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Many causes: Acute kidney injury or aki can be caused by dehydration, cardiac dysfunction, drugs, autoimmune diseases, radiographic contrast, and a host of other ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Seek counseling: Immediately. If you are considering ending your life you should seek crisis intervention.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
It depends how you: Define 'upper'. The cervical esophagus (the part in the neck) is demonstrated, but most of the esophagus is in the chest.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes.: Many drugs can result in renal failure which will eventually lead to atrophy of the kidneys. It's rare today though since we are well aware of these d... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Not the best test: Ct or MRI are the best tests to image the adrenal glands. U/s can visualize them if they're really big.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
No.: Floaters are common. At least 2 freshman in my med school class had them and they were 22. I noticed one when i was 32, although more common with age,... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Need more info: I'm not sure what you are describing. I'd consult your doctor or the radiologist who read the study.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
You can have sex.: Having sex during pregnancy should have no effect on the developing fetus.
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes.: Anytime you have sex, you could conceive. Even with birth control. No method is 100% effective.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes. Lupus can: Cause headaches either due to inflammation of the brain or from spasm and inflammation of the blood vessels that supply the brain or the meninges. Not... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Little impact: In a normal individual, Amino Acids cause the release of both Insulin and glucagon which balances blood glucose. However, in a diabetic who is Insulin... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Almost certainly not: Provided it is a 'simple cyst' which is a fluid filled sac. Sometimes if there is debris or septations as cyst may be aspirated. If you are asymptomat... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Pelvis.: That being said, it's not a great test to look at the bladder. It is excellent for determining the volume of the bladder before and after voiding.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Other causes: Of cushing syndrome are pituitary tumors (cushing's disease), pancreatic islet cell tumors, exogenous steroid use (most common) and other tumors that ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Other things: That can be seen include stranding of the adjacent fat and gas in the gallbladder or gallbladder wall in severe cases.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Not related.: Usually asbestos exposure results in pleural plaques. These may take years to clarify and become apparent on chest xray. A single asbestos exposure is... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Abdomen AND pelvis.: The large and small bowel are seen in both the abdomen and pelvis. So to fully evaluate the GI tract, you need both.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Many causes.: Cushing's syndrome can have many different causes, including autoimmune disorders. However, first the diagnosis must be established, the cause determi... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Many things: Can cause your symptoms. Fibrocystic disease, infection and other entities can present this way. Primary breast cancer however is exceptionally rare i... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
No.: Cancer requires a biopsy to prove the diagnosis. That being said, there are some masses that are clearly benign by their imaging characteristics and s... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Depends: On how much. A drink or two over several hours shouldn't be an issue. Going on a bender with hyperthyroidism is a bad plan!
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Need more info: Ct is now a frontline imaging tool for so many concerns, i'd have to know first what part was imaged and second why.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Call gyn: Probably not anything to worry about, but i'd let your gynecologist know. It could be a number of things.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Probably not: Clear mucus is not a typical finding in bacterial infection. The symptoms are more suggestive of a viral illness. If the fever persists see your docto... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
I'd need the images.: In creased signal can be due to marrow edema (swelling) or stress fracture. If it is rounded it may represent a bone cyst. There are many causes of in... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes.: Local inflammation is common with any injected drug.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Spatial resolution.: Nuclear medicine studies typically are functional tests that study the body's physiology. Radiologic exams, ct, u/s and MRI are far superior for study... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Probably not: Folate (folic acid) is great to take in the first trimester but isn't essential to normal pregnancy. If you only missed one dose, that's not significa... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 32 years experience
Yes, if bacterial.: Bacterial sinusitis needs to be treated with antibiolotics. However, colds (viruses) do not. See a doctor, particularly if you have a fever.
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Oct 12, 2013
Dr. Chmielewski has an excellent knowledge base that far exceeds the scope of radiology. He is providing an excellent service to the public. I endorse Dr. Chmielewski.
Sep 30, 2013
Outstanding knowledge!
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Chmielewski is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

PENN PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

Hare Hobart Award, Radiologic Pathology Correlation Award
Top Doctor, First Place, Reading Region, PA - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, Reading Region, PA - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society

Publications

Cardioverter-defibrillator systems implanted without thoracotomy: radiographic findings.
Aortic emergencies.
Association Between Inhaled ß-Agonist Therapy and Ventilation Perfusion Reverse Mismatch
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