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Dr. Stephen Hofkin

Radiology
Redding, CA
29 years experience male

Locations

MD Imaging Vascular & Interventional Center

Redding, CA

Address

2650 Edith Ave, Redding, CA
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About

Bio

Board certified interventional radiologist with broad experience in most aspects of the field. Particular interests include the imaging diagnosis and endovascular management of vascular disease. Experienced in fibroid embolization, treatment of compression fractures, and venous access devices

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Radiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

61 Answers
28 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Should be Safe: In a radiology department medical radiation is used and there should be care to make sure that there is no accidental exposure to others in the area. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Perhaps: Patients can get pregnant after fibroid embolization and live healthy births have been reported. There is an increased incidence of abnormal positioni... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Difficult: By venous closure, I am assuming you mean venous ablation? It can be very difficult to determine that on an MRI, the test of choice would be ultrasou... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Angiogram: Ultrasound is a good test for determining if there is appropriate arterial flow to the upper extremity. Up to the level of the wrist it is a very goo... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Perhaps: Patients can get pregnant after fibroid embolization and live healthy births have been reported. There is an increased incidence of abnormal positioni... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: You should have access to your medical records. Radiology reports are often written for the audience of a medical professional, so best reviewed with ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
NO: Ultrasound cannot be used to evaluate constipation.
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Current Guidelines: Current guidelines recommend 12 month follow up CT scan for incidental pulmonary nodule nodules less then 4mm in high risk patients over the age of 35... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Better for something: Some structures and pathology are better evaluated with CT scan rather then an ultrasound and vice versa.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Damaged Valves: Damage to valves in veins usually refers to the valve no longer functioning appropriately. The valves open and close and allow blood to go against gr... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Not needed: It is not necessary to map the deep veins by MRI before saphenous vein ablation. It is usually done by ultrasound before the procedure. If you have... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Renal Cyst: Renal cysts are very common , often benign and asymptotic fluid filled structures of the kidney's. Sometimes they can contain blood and can be diffi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
MRCP: Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) is a non invasive way to diagnose diseases of the biliary tree and the pancreatic ducts. It is don... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
There may be options: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a platelet inhibiting drug. The purpose of the medication is prevention of future myocardial infarction and death following a... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Atelectasis: Atelectasis ( collapsed lung) can be caused by 4 ways. 1.Blockage of the airway. 2. Compression of the airway. 3.Adhesion, a sort of scaring of the lu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Can be either way: Historically most studies are read with a black background due to the nature of film developing process. However most images are digital and black on... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
CTA : CTA is very good at differentiating soft vs hard ( calcified) plaque. Likely the best modality for that purpose.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Maybe Cysts?: Many things can be hypodensities on liver and kidney. Many are benign and commonly are cysts, benign fluid filled structures that rarely cause sympto... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Perhaps movement?: MRI imaging is susceptible to a variety of artifacts. Movement is a one reason for poor quality imaging. Since MRI images take time to generate, oft... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Atelectasis: Atelectasis ( collapsed lung) can be caused by 4 ways. 1.Blockage of the airway. 2. Compression of the airway. 3.Adhesion, a sort of scaring of the lu... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
X ray: Broken bones are usually diagnosed by X-ray
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
CTA: CTA stands for computed tomography angiogram. It is a type of CT scan that allows to get a detailed images of the brain arteries. It requires an IV ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Removing plaque: Atherectomy is the removal of plaque build up in the lining of an artery. The plaque causes a narrowing of the arterial lumen decreasing blood flow. ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes if licenced: Radiologist are MD or DO and as long as they meet the requirements of licensing in their state, they can moonlight as clinicians.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Livers: There is often slight variances in how the liver is measured based on different imaging modalities. Sometimes the way the liver is measured on the sam... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Your Doc.: If you believe you are having a problem related to the procedure, you should contact your treating physician.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
YES: The aorta is the major artery arising from the heart. It has two main components the thoracic and abdominal segments. The abdominal aorta would be s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Digital: Just like typewriters and CD's the film box is a thing of the past. Radiology is almost exlusively by computer in the US.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
MRI: An MRI can be intimidating. The machine is a large magnet and for safety reasons is in a special room, therefore make sure you have no metal on you. ... Read More
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
May be result of DVT: Varicose veins can potentially be the result of prior thrombosis in a deep vein or superficial vein.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: Compression fracture of the spine is when the vertebral body (bone of the spine) has collapsed on itself. While the bone may heal, the loss of height... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Variable: Mri scans typically take 40-60 minutes, but there are many factors that determine the length of time. How the study is protocoled and the machine its... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
No: It is unusual to have pain remote from entry site for an angiogram. Complications of angiogram can include bleeding under the skin that can cause pai... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Increased risk, yes.: Not moving for a long period of time such as a long plane or car ride is just one of many risk factors for developing DVT. Medication such as some bi... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Usually NOT: MRV or MR Venography is to study the veins in the area of interest. There is usually no diagnostic evaluation of additional structures.
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Soft bones: Rickets is a disorder of children caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. Usually caused by lack of ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Fatty Liver: Hepatiic Steatosis is when fat builds up in the liver and if not treated can lead to inflammation to the liver which can lead to cirrhosis. It has a v... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Between bones: The peroneal artery can be one of the most challenging arteries to image in the leg below the knee. It is in between the two bones of the lower leg a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
No: If the question is did the MRI cause your nerve sheath tumor, the then answer is no. There are no known tumors caused by medical MRI.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Heart Tests: EKG is a tracing of the electrical activity of the heart. Echocardiogram is an ultrasound evaluation of the heart and used to evaluate how the heart ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Bright cyst on ct: Usually a high attenuating cyst means the cyst is bright on a CT scan. While malignancy is in the differential diagnosis there are benign causes as w... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Location : Parietal refers to the location in the brain, it is one of the lobes of the brain. There are two parietal lobes, right and left. So, a parietal stro... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Top of Lung Bright: "Apical " refers to the the top of the lungs. There is a right and left apex ,one for each lung. "Density "refers to how bright or white a structure ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: A gadolinium based contrast medium is usually used. It is administered intravenously by a small needle. Allergic reactions are very rare.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Can be normal: Some fluid in the pelvic cul de sac can be normal in a 27 year old woman, often referred to as physiological fluid. Large fluid collections can be ab... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Each his own: Expose yourself to a variety of specialties , the work of being a physician should be interesting, satisfying and enjoyable. You can create a suitabl... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Call the office: Typically for any physicians visit it is helpful to bring your medication list, as well as results from any blood work, imaging studies or biopsies do... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Yes: If appropriate fibroid embolization can be repeated. It is possible to grow new arteries to old fibroids or to grow new fibroids. Both situations ca... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Hofkin
Radiology 29 years experience
Most likely: The procedure is usually performed by an interventional radiologist in a procedure room with a special X-ray machine referred to as an "Angio Suite." ... Read More

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Nov 30, 2014
Highly recommend. Very know legible.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hofkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hofkin is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Even after colon cancer and liver met???
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Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) thanks
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical College of Pennsylvania, PA
Graduated 1993MD

Residency

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Top Radiologist, Second Place, National - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, Third Place, Redding Region - Fall
2014
Most Influential Doctor, Third Place, Redding Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

Society Of Interventional Radiology
American College Of Radiology
RSNA
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