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My doctor ordered 3 MRIs. My brain, cervical, & lumbar. My out of pocket expenses are over $3000. Are all 3 necessary when I have no new symptoms in over 10 years?
That is a very good question. Most people with MS only need repeat MRI scans of the brain, unless your doctor has a specific reason (and there are good reasons) to get repeat MRI scans of the spine. I would suggest asking him why you need all three studies and make an informed decision. For instance, you could start with just the MRI of the brain and stop there if there are no changes.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Clinical Neurosciences Director
University of California San Diego
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