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Donald R. Massee, MD

Radiologist

Dr. Donald R Massee MD is a top Radiologist in Riverside, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Donald R Massee MD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Donald R Massee MD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Donald R Massee MD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Riverside, CA, Dr. Donald R Massee MD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
33 years Experience
Donald R. Massee, MD
  • Riverside, CA
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

Should a radiologist inform the patient about the test results?

Radiologists interpret medical imaging and provide reports to ordering physicians. The reports are increasingly available directly to patients through the electronic medical record. READ MORE
Radiologists interpret medical imaging and provide reports to ordering physicians. The reports are increasingly available directly to patients through the electronic medical record. The radiologist under certain circumstances may give the imaging results directly to the patient especially if the results are urgent. Please still keep your doctor's appointment they may have additional lab results and would be important in the treatment plan.

Why is my 8 year old son complaining of knee pain?

Depending on the symptoms, your orthopedic surgeon may order an MRI of the knee.

Is an MRI scan painful?

MRI scans are not painful.

Is an MRI used to diagnose kidney stones?

CT abdomen/pelvis is the most accurate imaging modality to diagnose kidney, ureteral and bladder stones. US renal can be used to diagnose hydronephrosis, which may be associated READ MORE
CT abdomen/pelvis is the most accurate imaging modality to diagnose kidney, ureteral and bladder stones. US renal can be used to diagnose hydronephrosis, which may be associated with an obstructing ureteral stone. Sometimes the stones are visualized, but US is less sensitive than CT. An X-ray of the abdomen called a KUB may be used, but is less sensitive than CT. MRI is rarely used for stones because it is not sensitive, time consuming and expensive.

Is a CT Scan safe during pregnancy?

A CT scan of the head is considered safe during pregnancy because the dose to the abdomen, pelvis, and fetus is negligible. MRI of the brain could be performed as an alternative READ MORE
A CT scan of the head is considered safe during pregnancy because the dose to the abdomen, pelvis, and fetus is negligible. MRI of the brain could be performed as an alternative exam.

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Donald Massee, MD

How many CT scans in a span of one month are considered safe?

I would like to say first that if imaging is necessary for a medical purpose, it is considered safe and appropriate. Each CT of the abdomen and pelvis has a dose of approximately READ MORE
I would like to say first that if imaging is necessary for a medical purpose, it is considered safe and appropriate. Each CT of the abdomen and pelvis has a dose of approximately 10 mSv. This is the same as the background radiation dose we are all exposed to in our lives during a 3-year period. Radiologists and radiology technologists try to keep CT doses as low as possible while achieving diagnostic images. The newest CT scanners have the ability to give the same information with lower doses. When possible, if the information is comparable, we will use US or MRI. These modalities do not require radiation.

Is there a difference between pediatric radiology and adult radiology?

Hi, The technology is the same for adults and children, but with children, radiation doses are decreased when a CT scan or radiography is required. Whenever possible, alternative READ MORE
Hi,

The technology is the same for adults and children, but with children, radiation doses are decreased when a CT scan or radiography is required. Whenever possible, alternative imaging modalities not using radiation, such as US or MRI, are used in the pediatric population. Pediatric radiologists have additional training in techniques, preferred imaging modalities, and have additional expertise in the pediatric disease spectrum.

Regards,

Donald Massee, MD