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Dr. Joseph Accurso

Radiology
Jacksonville , FL
30 years experience male

Locations

Mayo Clinic Florida

Jacksonville , FL

Address

4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville , FL, US
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

About

Bio

I am a che mistry bachelor of science undergraduate and completed medical school at the state university of New York at Buffalo. I was an US Navy Medical Officer for 3 years including a tour as the "Winter Over Medical Officer" for Operation Deep Freeze, on the Antarctic continent. I am board certified in Radiology with a Nuclear Medicine fellowship, also from SUNYAB, now working at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida following 12 fantastic years at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, MN. I love to read, tinker with computers and am learning to fly remote controlled aircraft. I am blessed with a wonderful wife, Renée, and 3 great kids.

Specialties
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Radiology

Nuclear Medicine

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836 Answers
484 Agrees
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Several Options: Several tests can help stage lung cancer. A contrast enhanced (injected into a vein) CT is the usual first test. The advantage of a PET/CT (not just... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Not to diagnose: Pet/ct is not typically used to diagnose ovarian cancer, but may play a role in surgical planning or treatment followup.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Anatomy vs Physiolog: Ct scans look at the structure of the body, the anatomy, and the way diseases change or distort it. Pet looks at the physiology, or how the body us... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Not with certainty: If there were enlarged lymph nodes on ct, that would be very suspicious for lymph node metastasis. Unfortunately, a normal sized lymph node can sti... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
After US, chronic Sx: Gallbladder (gb) us is usually first. If that is normal and symptoms persist, or if it has some findings but is not completely abnormal, then a hida ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Much like a CT: Pet/ct is a scanner which looks a lot like a ct scanner. However, pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for mo... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Physiology of lesion: Pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
May not be necessary: If it is known to be a bone cyst (by x-rays perhaps), and there are no symptoms or concerns, then a ct is probably not necessary. However, if there i... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
First a radioactive: Drug (usually disofenin) in injected in a vein and images taken for the next hour over the anterior abdomen. In some patients, once certain anatomi... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Possibly: Please see your ob/gyn. You may benefit from blood tests to measure the pregnancy hormone 2 times over the next few days. An ultrasound examination ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Many variations: Please see your doctor. Given your age, breast cancer is extremely unlikely. However, you need to find out what this is. After a complete history... Read More
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A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
If I understand the : Question correctly, the left kidney renogram shows decreased uptake of tracer, which means decreased kidney function. The negligible wash out means l... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Not in my experience: The hysterosalpingogram (hsg) is performed with the patient fully conscious and cooperative. Sometimes the results are discussed with the patient in... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
If crown rump: Length was 2.5 mm, then embryo menstrual age (time since first day of last period) was approximately 5 weeks 5 days, +/- 8% or 3 days. Date of conc... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
What symptoms?: Simple ovarian cysts are benign. Premenopausal women produce cysts every month, some grow larger, and can cause pain or other symptoms. Fibroids a... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
No problem: Many persons have simple cysts in the liver or kidneys. They are benign. Make sure they are described as simple, or just the word cyst, and not desc... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Physiology of lesion: Pet scans most often use a radioactive form of glucose, the energy source for most of the cells in our bodies. The pet scanner can detect and measure... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Very unlikely: Performed properly, a negative pregnancy test after the date of the next period is quite accurate. 2 negative tests (especially if performed a cou... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Probably not, unless: Alot of air. Most home pregnancy tests are quite accurate once you have missed your period. Consider using one to check.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Probably not: The climbing HCG test is a very good sign, but until your spotting stops and an ultrasound shows an embryo heartbeat, you will not know for sure. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
See/Ask your OB/GYN: Please ask your ob/gyn directly. This could be as simple as your last menses being incorrect, and that is most likely in these situations, especiall... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Pretty good, but…: I would not decorate the nursery just yet. If well visualized, the gender of the baby can be accurately determined. However, 12 weeks is early. Th... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
See a neurologist: Please see your doctor and request a consultation with a neurologist. After a complete history and physical, and possibly more laboratory tests, th... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Can be: Very early stress fractures can sometimes only result in bone marrow edema on mri. Mri is not great at looking at the cortical (calcified) bone, b... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Negative FDG PET/CT: Is good, but does not rule out metastatic disease, since prostate cancer is not well imaged by FDG pet, probably because most prostate cancer is not v... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Depends: A well trained radiologist, preferably with a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology, will have the edge over an orthopedic surgeon, especially for u... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
The HIDA scan itself: Should not cause any worsening of symptoms. If a gallbladder ejection fraction was performed as part of the hida, the medicine administered (kineva... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Not normal, but...: It appears you have had a complete workup, and findings described appear benign. Please keep seeing your doctor and performing breast self examin... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
See your doctor and: After a complete history and physical, if there is no sure diagnosis, ask for either a knee MRI or a consult with a sports medicine physician or an or... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Probably not, but ..: Need more information. Please see your doctor about your breast thickening, and get a complete work up for that problem. Back pain has many causes... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Yes, it is possible: Initial mammogram may have not had enough compression in that spot, or the overlapping structures may have caused a "summation shadow". The spot view... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Not typically: A lumbar spine mr does not typically include the sacrum and coccyx. You need to have a specific MRI of the anatomy of concern.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Was the mass on: The uterus which touched the sigmoid colon? Was this mass biopsied? More information would be useful. If biopsied and found to be consistent with... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Could be : Sometimes, the us technologist needs to push a bit on the abdomen to get the best pictures of the early fetus. It is not dangerous, but can on occasi... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Looking for what?: It depends on what is being looked for. Pet/ct looks at the metabolism. Or the function of the area scanned (brain in this case), using different rad... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Both show anatomy: Both ct and MRI show anatomy. Ct does this be imaging differences in density, and MRI by looking at differences in the number hydrogen atoms in a reg... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
No: If the study was just a hida, it only imaged what your body was doing. The amount of radiopharmaceutical used is extremely small and has no biologic ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Many possibilities.: Please keep working with your doctor to find a cause and treat the problem. Any list of possible diagnoses would be guesswork, however a very deta... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
See your doctor: Please see your doctor for a history and physical examination. More information is needed before a diagnosis can be made. It could be sinus disease ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Chorionic cavity: At 4 weeks 3 days gestation, via transvaginal us, a small fluid filled cavity, the chorionic cavity, can be seen. It's average diameter is 2-3 mm (ti... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Complete the workup: You do not know yet. What is true: mammogram was not completely normal. Therefore, you need additional testing to try to determine the cause an... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Close, if there is: Enough contrast with adjacent structures. Radiologists (physicians with 5 or more years of additional training after medical school) routinely identi... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
See your doctor ....: Right away. You may also need to see the doctor who did the aneurysm coiling. This sound may relate to the procedure, or be caused by something else... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Please clarify: What you mean by es and i will be glad to better answer your question. Mri looks at differences in the number hydrogen atoms in a region (proton de... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Need more workup.: Please keep working with your doctor - the workup is not yet complete. Breast pain is not normal. You may need a breast health consult and further... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Hypothermia: Anyone can become hypothermic in a pool. Our body temperature is 98.6 deg f, so any water (or air) below that cools the body. It is worse in water, ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Home pregnancy tests: Are quite accurate. Multiple negative tests make pregnancy extremely unlikely. You may have a hormone imbalance. Please see your doctor for a full... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Each CT a person has: Ever so slightly increases the risk of developing cancer. In most cases, the increased risk is too small to accurately measure. Every test a perso... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
In short - Yes: Us dating between 8-13 weeks is the most accurate to within +/- 3-4 days. It is possible the dating by last menses may be incorrect as well, especial... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Both: A pet/ct scan looks at all parts of the body, from the skull top the feet, if appropriate. If there is abnormally increased (or decreased) glucose me... Read More
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Aug 31, 2013
Dr. Accurso provides a wonderful resource to patients & other doctors with his informational & caring accurate answers and personal style. I trust him.
Dec 25, 2014
Dr. Accurso is doing a fabulous job help not only the patients but fellow doctors! I am so grateful for you!
Jul 28, 2013
As a fellow radiologist I appreciate (and learn from) the excellent posts by Dr. Accurso.
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Thank you again! I am hopefully going to be given the reports and xrays tomorrow, and then will be seeing a pulm. in a few weeks. I have quit smoking (again) it's been 5 days, and I think the scare wi...Read More
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Thank you! I am day 4 of no smoking, not even the e-cigs I was using to wean off of regular cigs... Just hope it's not too late, I am taking some solace in your response, thank you so much :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I have an appt w a urologist on Mon. Been trying to deal w dr for a month now. Not in a lot of pain, went to dr for blood in urine.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, NY
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

SUNY at Buffalo

Awards

Mayo Clinic MacMillan Scholarship
Top Doctor, Second Place, Jacksonville Region, FL - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Second Place, Jacksonville Region, FL - Summer
2013

Affiliations

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