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About Dr. Purnima Shah

Dr. Purnima Shah, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Van Nuys, CA, with another office in Van Nuys, CA. She has 47 years of experience. Her specialties include Nuclear Medicine, Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Garfield Medical Center and Mission Community Hospital - Panorama City. She speaks English.

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15243 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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Valley Presbyterian Hospital

15107 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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Specialties

Dr. Purnima Shah 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.

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  • Hospital Affiliations

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

  • Valley Presbyterian Hospital
  • Garfield Medical Center
  • Mission Community Hospital - Panorama City
  • Mission Community Hospital
  • California Hospital Medical Center
  • Northridge Hospital Med Center Roscoe Campus
  • Alhambra Hospital Medical Center AHMC
  • Education

    47 Years Experience

  • Grant Medical College

    Graduated in 1966

  • Oregon Health & Science University

    Residency

  • Accepted Insurance

    Dr. Purnima Shah accepts the following insurance providers.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of CA
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross California
    • BC CA California Care Small Group HMO
    • Blue Cross CA Select Plus HMO
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA CommunityCare Network HMO
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA HMO SmartCare
    • Health Net CA HMO Whole Care Network
  • LA Care Health
    • LACare
  • Molina Healthcare
    • Molina Mrktplace CA
  • UHC West
    • UHC West SignatureValue Alliance
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