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Dr. Paul Garrett

Radiology
Chesterfield Township, NJ
41 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

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English

Doctor Q&A

236 Answers
77 Agrees
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
PPD vs. PPD: PPD in hair dye is Paraphenylenediamine, a chemical which may cause scalp allergy. PPD test for Tb is "purified protein derivative", the stuff in the... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
No Nyquil 2nite: You really don't need more alcohol tonight and Nyquil has that and other things that don't do well when soused. After already drinking that much you s... Read More
A 17-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Panc Ca discussion: If there is a VERY strong family history of panc Ca, some might consider dynamic contrast MRI to find TINY lesions. But this is overkill just to exclu... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Survival: 3 questions answered: 1) Decent survival food should have similar nutrition as regular food, so insulin requirements should be similar. 2) Poop and pe... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
No Ca risk: I cannot advise tasting household chemicals as a rule, but one episode of Lysol will not cause cancer. The biggest risk of oral cancer is due to tobac... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Good for you: "No acute process" means nothing was seen to suggest an active disease. Presumably any "significant" chronic process would be described in the report.... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Could be this: Tonsil stones are benign and range from smelly and cheesy to actual stones. These so called concretions are not really worrisome, but can be annoying... Read More
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Truth is elusive: Yes U/S is the most operator dependant imaging study so a weak tech. confounds the whole issue. The radiologist has a chance to make the report make s... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Get tested: I advise folks to get tested not because I think they are likely to be infected but there should be NO doubt. You may have been involved in some other... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Only one image: On a conventional x ray machine, to make an x ray beam electrons hit an "anode" in one spot. This heats it. To reduce the point of heat, the anode spi... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Ca Not likely: Fatigue can be a symptom of malignancy, but other factors are more common. Depression, esp. around the holidays is poss. Stress due to the holidays,... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Need Imaging: MRI with contrast would be most helpful to see scar tissue, nerve entrapment and disc pathology. You must be a candidate for exposure to magnetic fiel... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Pinched nerve: The red in the picture is disc material and a protrusion into the foramen pushes on the nerve which is grey in the picture. The diagnosis can be suppo... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
It Depends: A two view chest xray should exclude a gallstone as the calcification would project inside the lung on both views (front and side view). A one view ch... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
There are apps: One of these apps can help: https://www.refinery29.com/posture-apps I'm not a fan of bracing if there is no scoliosis or other musculoskeletal lesion.... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Anything is poss.: There are also benign reasons for intermittent adenopathy. Often getting tissue via needle biopsy is useful. When nodes feel big without explanation, ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Can be tricky: U/S is good for simple cysts with no solid parts or wall irregularity (pictured). Beyond that it is a betting game. U/S has a much harder time charact... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Consider an x ray: Persistent foot pain after trauma to the point where pain interferes with walking warrants a trip to urgent care for an x ray. If there is a fracture... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Let it flow: First, not all vaginal bleeding is menstrual, so consult your gynecologist. 2nd, I hope this on its own would not spoil your vacation. 3) and maybe mo... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A member asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 years experience
Non-Specific: Sorry to hear about your dx. but it is treatable. Xray findings are only a small part of the picture, so don't get hung up. More sensitive is chest C... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 41 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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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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