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Scan Review

The Department of Neurosurgery Educational Scan Review Program provides you with educational information to help guide your treatment. The program is designed to give a basic review of your imaging studies, and offer information and resources on the most appropriate and/or advanced methods available for brain, pediatric, blood vessel and spinal abnormalities.

How to Request an Educational Scan Review

To have an imaging study reviewed by the Department of Neurosurgery team, please contact the department directly at (310) 423-7900.

The department makes every effort to complete the scan review process as soon as possible. In general, you can expect to receive the results of the scan review within 10 business days. In some circumstances, however, it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.

In order to expedite the scan review, please provide a fax number or e-mail address. If this contact information is not provided, a letter containing the physician's review will be mailed to the address supplied.

If available, please provide copies of your pathology and operative reports. If you have a diagnosis of arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or aneurysm, please send your patient's most recent angiogram film or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scan.

Charge for a Scan Review

There is a $50 administrative fee for a scan review. Please submit a cashier's check or money order payable to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and include payment with the scans and the Medical History Review Form. If necessary, arrangements can be made for a credit card payment.

International Residents - To keep costs down for obtaining a scan review, we are no longer able to return MRI films, CDs or Medical Reports to individuals living outside the United States. We ask that you only send copies of imaging studies, since original items cannot be returned.

Sending Records to the Department

Most recent imaging studies (CD-ROM) should not be older than 3 months. To obtain a review more quickly and to ensure delivery confirmation of these important reports, please send your completed Medical History Review Form, medical reports and imaging studies together to: 

Department of Neurosurgery
Attn: Educational Scan Review Program
8631 W. Third Street
Suite 800E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 423-7900

Please use an overnight delivery service with a tracking system (e.g., Federal Express or UPS).

The department's business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Time.

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