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MRI Reports

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Spine-Health Announcements
This has probably become one of the most frequent topics raised by new members of Spine-Health.

I need to emphasis to all, that members of Spine-Health are
not medically qualified to provide any type of analysis of
MRI reports. Doing this could be doing an injustice to the medical field, plus it could potentially create problems for the person reading a members review of MRIs

So, please

1- Do not request reviews of your MRI report. That should only be done by your doctor

2- Do not provide reviews of another members MRI report.

Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 


  • Hi Ron,

    I fully appreciate the medical disclaimer aspect... but lets face it, a lot of info on the site is passed and shared based on our experiences, so I am confused why there needs to be a particular disclaimer for MRI reports?

    There are conversations about conditions, treatment options, medications, addiction, types of doctors, and even suicidal ideation. I do appreciate that SH needs to protect itself from liability; but one could argue the point of liability about many other conversations/postings. I have not come across anyone on the site citing qualifiations as a doctor, NS, or OS,etc... and i do understand that someone might mistake advice as if its coming from a person of skill or expertise; but as i've stated, the same could be said about any number of other postings.

    People come here both for support and to increase their understanding about their conditions. So, as to the MRI issue, in my opinion (which i accept is not currently shared by SH) people should be allowed to share their PERSONAL EXPERIENCES of what their doctors have told them... same as we do for everything else... the postings are loaded with "my NS said..." or "my OS said..."; so what is so different about MRI's??

    Aside from this, I want to highlight that i really do appreciate your efforts with the site!! but just confused about this issue...

    Thanks so much for everything else :)
    L4-L5 fusion 1998; ACDF C4-6 2008; DDD
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,425
    I appreciate your post and want to address your concern.
    I cited MRI reports because recently there have been more new posts from members wanting someone to interpret their MRI reports than other formal medical questions.

    Yes, many other posts here are responding to a members question regarding a condition or something that they have.
    My moderator team will step in when a member responds in a manner that seems to be medical facts. I can not tell you how many times, I have had to edit posts and contact the author about NOT providing medical information as if there are facts.

    I have encourage everyone to add a disclaimer that any information they provide is purely a result of personal experiences and observations. This does not happen all the time even though it is one of the site forum rules.

    We are more concerned with a member passing on information that could be potential dangerous to the requester. We have had several instances of that happening, so we pay very close attention to this matter. I dont want someone to tell a person that has some serious problems that it is ok to go out lift weights, run uphill, ski and more....

    MRI's are difficult in themselves. You can have two doctors that read the same films and come up with different conclusions. So when something could be that different to medical professionals, it only makes sense to stay away from it here with non medical professionals
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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