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About Dr. David L Rifken

Dr. David L Rifken, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Northampton, MA. He has 35 years of experience. His specialties include Nuclear Medicine, Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Rifken is affiliated with Baystate Medical Center. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

4 Ratings with 1 Comment

The overall average patient rating of Dr. David L Rifken is Poor. Dr. David L Rifken has been rated by 4 patients. From those 4 patients 1 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. David L Rifken is 2.0 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

30 Locust St
Northampton, MA 01060
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Specialties

Dr. David L Rifken has the following 3 specialties

  • Nuclear Medicine

    Nuclear medicine specialists are doctors who have extensive training in the use of nuclear substances, like radiation, to diagnose and treat certain illnesses.
    These specialists perform diagnostic tests in which a small amount of a radioactive substance is injected into a vein, inhaled or taken orally by the patient. The radioactive substance then enables the nuclear medicine specialist to use a scanner to detect the radiation level in the part of the body being examined in order to create an image of it with a computer. The images tell the physician whether there are abnormal changes in metabolism which indicate whether a disease or injury is present. These tests are often used to detect cancer.
    In addition to detecting cancer, substances like radioactive iodine can be either injected into the blood stream or taken orally to fight cancer and other diseases. After being ingested, the substance is absorbed by the thyroid gland and abnormal thyroid tissues are destroyed.

  • Radiology

    A radiologist is a physician who specializes in the use of medical imaging to diagnose and treat illnesses or injuries in patients.
    The different types of medical imaging are X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and nuclear medicine.
    Radiologists are experts in these different types of tests and can advise a primary care doctor on which test is most appropriate in a specific case. These doctors also assist primary care doctors in analyzing the images produced by these tests in order to determine next steps necessary for treatment.

  • Diagnostic Radiology

    Radiologists help doctors get a closer look at what’s happening inside your body. If your primary care doctor wants to investigate your symptoms further, they may refer you to a radiologist to get an ultrasound or x-ray. Some radiologists specialize in mammography and breast imaging, which is who you see when you need a mammogram. A Radiologist can also determine if bones are broken or fractured after any kind of accident.
    Radiologists are trained to perform MRIs and CT scans, both of which are used to determine the presence of diseases or disorders and help your doctor properly diagnose you. They can detect anything from tumors, bleeding and infections to bone and muscle disorders.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. David L Rifken has the following 5 expertise

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • PET Scan
  • Ultrasound
  • X-Ray

Dr. David L Rifken has 2 board certified specialties

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Board Certifications

Dr. David L Rifken is Board Certified in 2 specialties

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Reviews

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Extremely insensitive

I saw Dr. David Rifken in connection with an ultrasound for a lump in my breast. Dr. Rifken was rude, impatient and totally insensitive. When he told me I "might" have breast cancer, he grinned, as if it were a joke. He declined to give me any further information and told me that my surgeon "might not" have the images by my appointment the next day. (The hospital staff refuted that.) I made a complaint to Cooley Dickinson hospital. This man should not be seeing patients.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Rifken is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    35 Years Experience

  • State University Of New York Upstate Medical University

    Graduated in 1983

  • Barnes Jewish Hospital

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. David L Rifken accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Multiplan
    • Multiplan PPO
    • PHCS PPO
  • Tufts Health Plan
    • Tufts Granite Advantage EPO, PPO and Saver
    • Tufts PPO

Locations & Directions

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St, Northampton, MA
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