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Study of lesion in thoracic spine

My 2 cervical MRI reports say I have a 9-mm lesion at T2 and recommends a CT scan to study it. However, my thoracic MRI report doesn't even mention the existence of this lesion.

My neurosurgeon is following the recommendation and wants to have a CT scan done to take a closer look. But I've already have two CT before and am concerned of the negative effect of radiation.

A different doctor says MRI is good enough, or actually better than CT, to study the lesion. The CT is not necessary and is more a tool for the hospital to generate revenue.. Since he isn't the treating physician, I cannot ask him to do anything about it. Is there a way for me to ask a radiologist to look at all my three MRI images and determine whether the lesion is at a safe location?


  • independant review of the images with another radiologist. You may have to pay out of pocket for it, but you can certainly request another radiologist to look at the images.
  • although it's not that easy. I've called 4 or 5 hospitals and asked their radiologists would review my MRIs. The answer is no. One large hospital says it's possible. But I would need to see their doctor first and then get an order from this doctor.
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