Dr. Paul Garrett

Radiology
Chesterfield Township, NJ
42 years experience male

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Hi. I graduated Jefferson (MD) in 1981 after a fabulous15 month college experience at Penn State (BS Sci). I went to Reading Hospital for a rotating internship and general radiology residency where I met my wife (picked to be the other radiology resident by a talented Jewish matchmaker, our Program DIrector). My other training was a Body Imaging Fellowship in 1999 at Hahnemann, now Drexel. We both retired in 2005 at 48 yo. Our secret: no kids. I play chess, keep 2 dogs and a cat, and 2 Koi.

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Radiology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

236 Answers
77 Agrees
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Nt scan and sex: NT is the ultrasound appearance of neck tissue in the first 3 months of a pregnancy. In a study of 56,000 pts, for an unknown reason, the neck in fema... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Not to worry: Skin is always forming to replace what wears off naturally. When a cast is on the wrist, you are not using the fingers as much as normal so the skin b... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Length=8 cm or 3 in: It is not a commonly used metric. For a full discussion of the brainstem see: http://www.innerbody.com/image_nerv01/nerv46.html#full-description
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Nt scan and sex: NT is the ultrasound appearance of neck tissue in the first 3 months of a pregnancy. In a study of 56,000 pts, for an unknown reason, the neck in fema... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Malpractice issues: Radiology residents' malpractice coverage by the hospital is often specialty specific. The resident could get his/her own clinical insurance, but it m... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Not abnormal numbers: The endometrial stripe must be interpreted with where you are in your cycle. The images of an U/S are more important than the measurements. Get the ra... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Not to worry: The cream is most likely a local anesthetic so the needle isn't quite a annoying. In my experience it doesn't do much but the risk of allergy or adver... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Alcohol risks: FDA wouldn't approve alcohol for human consumption as it is hepato-toxic (liver cirrhosis). Aging per se in not an issue. It can make you fat due to... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Technically yes: MRI uses electro-magnetic fields which are technically a type of low energy "radiation". There is severe risk if there is metal in the body such as a ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Burning nylon: Don't do it again. Fumes from burning nylon probably didn't do your liver any favors, but overall it will handle it OK, if this is the only insult. T... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
The danger is tiny: The risk of induced cancer from a HIDA scan and dozens of mammogram images is incredibly small. In fact, some would claim the risk could barely be cal... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Painful ovarian mass: 2 types of pelvic ultrasound: transabdominal (like in the picture) and trans vaginal with a probe that looks a little like a long tampon. Both are saf... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Xray is nonspecific: Typically "pneumonitis" on an x ray can be viral, so often no meds. The appearance is somewhat stringy rather than the usual bacterial , fluffy, infil... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Nonspecific finding: Often causes for mild splenomegaly are never found. See: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1600-0609.1986.tb02318.x/abstract The longer you... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Eye of Beholder: The "eye ball" observation of "volume loss for age" is extremely subjective with much intra and interobserver variation. That means readers often don'... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Usu. nontoxic: Most black mold around the house is an allergy problem, not really toxic. Breathing a lot of it, like in demolition, requires a good mask. Intact ski... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
No: An x ray will not show nerve damage as there are basically 5 densities on an x ray: metal, bone, soft tissue, fat and air. Nerves get lost with all ot... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Miralax is OK: Miralax is not a typical laxative in that it does not change motility or irritate the bowel. Instead it draws water into the stool making it easier to... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
? antihistamines: BP and pulse given are not too bad. Allergies often respond to over the counter antihistamines. They may make you drowsy and your mouth a little dry, ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Not to worry: A single whiff of rodent urine will not likely be a problem. Think of all the occupational exposure exterminators go through. [Maybe you should get on... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Ask ordering Doc: CT shows bone detail much better than MRI, so they are complementary modalities. The MRI results must be interpreted between your doc and the radiolog... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
No expert agreement: Most now feel complex emotions do not reside in only one spot in the brain, they are formed like jigsaw pieces from many parts of the brain. Tests lik... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
U/S is freehand: U/S is sometimes limited by operator skill and persistence. Also maximum dimensions can be hard to get since only so many angles are available to the ... Read More
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A 17-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Learn anatomy: Periods are due to monthly shedding of the inside of the uterus (womb). The tubes connect ovaries to the uterus and have nothing to do with your perio... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Chem. Analysis: First a laser beam is focused on a sample surface to generate fine particles = Laser Ablation. The particles are transported to a secondary excitation... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Sorry for your loss: Only post mortem toxicology can answer this question for sure, but too much of any of these could be fatal, especially Xanax (alprazolam) and oxycodon... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Great you quit: Years of smoking can beat down tiny hairs on cells that move mucus up and out of your lungs. When some people quit smoking, some of these cells start ... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
MR safety: Assuming you have not had interim metal in your eye from injury or surgery somewhere with some metal put in MR is safe. A lot of implanted stuff is MR... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Radiology opinion: Radiologic workup includes hysterosalpingography, where dye is injected in the uterus under fluoroscopy to see if the tubes are open (see picture). It... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
CF DX: There are only about 18 cases of "Late diagnosis CF" in Canada each year : http://www.cysticfibrosis.ca/about-cf/living-with-cystic-fibrosis/adults/la... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Don't live with pain: Colon cancer (or most abd. Cas) in 20 yo s. is really rare. Not to say your pain should be ignored as ulcers and other inflammatory diseases can be pr... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Needs work up: Diagnosis of autoimmune arthritis (such as RA) includes blood work, clinical exam, and if nec. a variety of imaging. See your Dr. From a radiology vi... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Reassure but verify: There can be several benign cystic lesions in this vicinity. Sebaceous cysts are common, due to blocked oil glands. When they accumulate sebum, they g... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Dodged a bullet: Persistent Trigeminal art. is associated with aneurysm in 14%, likely on a congenital basis. If one does not exist, it is unlikely to develop. http://... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Breast not the issue: My dearest lover had tubular breasts and I miss them terribly. If you meet a guy who has an issue with them, dump him, for he is not worthy. Love yo... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Suggest CT: Three reasons CT is better than chest x ray for this situation: 1) Kaposi sarcoma can be subtle on CXR, esp if early. 2) CT is by far better at showin... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Technique: Routine CT with contrast is usu. done with images taken with about a 90 sec delay after contrast is given IV. Images are viewed as cross sections and... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Almost no risk: Please see: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-much-ct-scans-increase-risk-cancer/ also: 1) CT head exposure is mostly confined to the head... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Diagnosis of twins: Ideally every pregnant woman should have at least one ultrasound, the standard way to diagnose twins. Feeling someone's belly for twins is hogwash. "I... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Need Univ. Center: Pick disease should almost entirely affect only the frontal and temporal lobes, the yellow areas in the picture (http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/conte... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Must treat Asthma: Mucinex (guaifenesin) does not do anything for asthma, which is a potentially life threatening illness. Asthmatic bronchitis has cough and needs atte... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Some machines stink: There is a chance you have labile hypertension (variable BP), but more likely your Dr. is right about one faulty reading. This doesn't mean visits t... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Ignore: Dual energy CT tells urate from calcium stones. Try to catch them in your urine for assay.
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Don't oversimplify: The simple answer to how fast Lamotrigine gets cleared may be not the whole story. Half of a single dose is gone in 33 hours, and half of the remainde... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
No: Neurologic compromise from radiation requires doses at least hundreds if not thousands of times higher than CT. Also high dose radiation burns the ski... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
U/s in early preg: I will not guess whether you are preggo or not. I can say as a fellowship trained body radiologist of 30 years, that a small amount of intrauterine f... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Why not wait?: I was 18 once so I understand sex drive, but from a medical viewpoint, the healthiest thing to do is wait until your period passes on its own. You may... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Tumor Border notes: First, God bless you and your family for your fight. Keep up your spirits if you can. Tumor border (and size) on CT can help us guess tumor activity ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
Hernias can do a lot: The "posterior cutaneous nerve" I think is AKA posterior division of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). LFCN problems mess up feeling in the... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 42 years experience
We use more CT: Pelvic nodes that serve the ovaries are generally deep and can be hidden by bowel gas on U/S. For node biopsy, some folks do have some success with U... Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr Paul Garrett thank-you for your kind help in answering my question the symptom in my mind was the pulsation between the M Head and Jugular Notch lying down ,Very inte...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, PA
Graduated 1981MD

Residency

READING HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Radiologic Society of North America
American College of Radiology

Publications

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