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About Dr. James Spencer
Dr. James Spencer, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Sarasota, FL. He has 48 years of experience. His specialties include Clinical Pathology, Pathology and Nuclear Medicine. Dr. Spencer is affiliated with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota and Desoto Memorial Hospital. He speaks English.
Dr. James Spencer has the following 3 specialties
- Clinical Pathology
If you’ve ever provided a urine or blood sample, you’ve worked with a clinical pathologist — you probably just didn’t know it. They work behind the scenes in laboratories to examine bodily fluid specimens and detect substances or diseases. This means they're required to have a comprehensive knowledge of disease and what it looks like under a microscope.
They provide test results to your doctor, who then makes an informed decision about your diagnosis and the best treatment options for you. Without the work of clinical pathologists, doctors technically wouldn’t be able to diagnose patients as accurately as we can today. It's also worth noting that clinical pathologists are different from anatomical pathologists, who analyze tissue taken from a biopsy or entire infected areas as well as whole body parts.
A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the causes and paths taken by different diseases in order to accurately diagnose an illness.
Pathologists diagnose and determine the characteristics of a disease through the study of biopsies of diseased tissue or of bodily fluids. For example, a pathologist will look at a biopsy of a skin lesion in order to diagnose or rule out skin cancer. A pathologist will also look at a Pap smear in order to check for a gynecological cancer like cancer of the uterus.
In addition to determining the cause and development of a disease, these specialists also study the changes a disease makes to a body and the consequences of those structural changes.
- 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.
Dr. James Spencer is Board Certified in 3 specialties
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Dr. Spencer is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Doctors Hospital Of Sarasota
Desoto Memorial Hospital
48 Years Experience
University of Florida
Graduated in 1965
Johns Hopkins Health System
Dr. James Spencer accepts the following insurance providers.
Coventry Health Care
- Coventry FL Employer Group PPO
Locations & DirectionsSarapath Diagnostics, 2001 Webber St, Sarasota, FL
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