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Charles Hecht-leavitt, M.D.

Radiologist

Dr. Charles Hecht-leavitt is a radiologist practicing in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Hecht-leavitt specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging techniques such as X-Rays, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography exams. These techniques offer accurate visibility to the inside of the patients body and help to detect otherwise hidden illnesses so that they can be treated quickly and efficiently.
39 years Experience
Charles Hecht-leavitt, M.D.
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Virginia Commonwealth University / Medical College of Virginia School of Medic
  • Accepting new patients

What's the difference between an MRI and a CT scan?

MRI is excellent in looking at soft tissues of the body. Lungs are composed mostly of air, and are much better seen on CT scans than MRI. Incidentally, CT scans are also less READ MORE
MRI is excellent in looking at soft tissues of the body. Lungs are composed mostly of air, and are much better seen on CT scans than MRI. Incidentally, CT scans are also less expensive and much faster.

Does a stroke always show up on a brain scan?

MRI scans are very reliable for diagnosing stroke, but a small stroke, or a stroke that resolves quickly (transient ischemic attack, or TIA) may not show up on an MRI. CT scans READ MORE
MRI scans are very reliable for diagnosing stroke, but a small stroke, or a stroke that resolves quickly (transient ischemic attack, or TIA) may not show up on an MRI. CT scans are often done in the ER on patients with stroke symptoms to evaluate for possible bleeding in the brain. A CT scan does not diagnose a stroke per se, but if a stroke is diagnosed clinically, and an MRI scan is not immediately available, a CT scan can help determine treatment, such as whether or not to give clot busting drugs.

What is the accuracy of a radiologist report?

No medical test is 100% accurate, and no doctor is 100% accurate. Some tumors will not be visible on MRI or CT scans, and, rarely, a radiologist will miss a finding on an MRI READ MORE
No medical test is 100% accurate, and no doctor is 100% accurate. Some tumors will not be visible on MRI or CT scans, and, rarely, a radiologist will miss a finding on an MRI or CT scan that turns out to be a tumor.