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Old 09-25-2005, 10:57 AM
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Just a reminder...as a "best practice" to request your medical records from your medical office(s). You have the right to request all reports -- and images -- of anything relating to your treatments.

I have digital copies of ALL my Xrays, MRIs, etc. and view them on my PC. Whether you are the analytical type or not, it is wise to have them as a reference. As well, if you ever have future health issues, it provides a handy benchmark for you and the medical professionals -- whether you get treated by docs in the U.S. Europe or some other galaxy!

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Old 09-25-2005, 01:46 PM
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Aside from having the images and reports as a reference, it also makes for great conversion when you can share pictures of your "bionic back".
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Old 09-25-2005, 04:44 PM
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I agree Harrison. It's really time consuming to have to go back and retreive everything after many years like I did. Get everything each time you get a new test.
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Old 09-25-2005, 06:26 PM
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Crystal great point I just got a copy of the CT scan the day after surgery from St John's Hospital cost $20. Can't wait to share it at my next party.
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Old 09-26-2005, 05:10 PM
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When I went to the Kerlan Jobe Clinic, if I wanted copies of my MRIs, Discograms and Myleogram, they would charge $15 per page. Outrageous! ( about 30 pages) They did send my records to another Doc for a second opinion, but would not give them to me to hand carry. Of course I got them back from the second Doc and NEver plan to give them back to Kerlan-Jobe.
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Old 09-26-2005, 08:53 PM
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I acquired my x-rays and scans the same way: when I walked out of the second surgeon's office, they were mine! I even have copies of the films from my sugery showing the implantation process, with the date and time stamped on each. When I shared them with friends over lunch, they commented that it looked like they were playing with chopsticks in my back.
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:34 AM
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I guess there is an advantage to living in Tucson--all copies of my X-rays and MRI's, both films and CDs, have been provided to me free! And I have ended up requesting multiple copies. The only time there was a charge was for the copies for my lawsuit. Incidentally, the tech told me that it costs about 50 cents to make a CD. You can request a copy of your studies at the time you have the studies done--don't walk out without it.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:52 PM
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Harrison, Thanks for the post. I was just wondering about that. These 'imaging' places act like they own your information. I have my films, but now will call and get them sent to me electronically. Should I expect a charge? I'm in the process of checking out Carolina Neurosurgery in Charlotte for Charite surgery. They have experience. Thanks for any replies.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:59 PM
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Kim, generally, even in Taxachussetts, the first copies are free. But this varies widely. Worst case for digital copies (cost of the CDs) are between $5-15...most take 2-5 days for turnaround. However, if you tell them you will pick them up, they offer better turnaround.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:05 PM
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I had a pre-op which included a chest x-ray for my July 21st surgery (which never happened) Now I want to take it to Germany, Dr. Galen won't release it saying he has to have the record but that I'm welcome to copy it for $200. I didn't have any problems with any other records. Anybody ever hear of this?

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