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Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by popygai, Apr 25, 2007.

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  1. popygai

    popygai PicturePerfect 2+ Year Member

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    Hi!
    Can someone please tell me how to write a prescription for an MRI of the entire vertebral column checking for any lesions?
    Thanks!
     
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  3. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    You don't "prescribe" diagnostic studies, you order them

    "MRI CTLS spine" ought to do it. You'll need a valid diagnostic code to support medical necessity, however, if you expect the patient's insurance to cover it. "Check for lesions" isn't likely to cut it. You should be able to narrow the study down to a level (cervical, thoracic, etc.) based on symptoms, anyway, unless this is a fishing expedition.
     
  4. Critical Mass

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    Nowadays we just tell the pt to put his finger into a machine and push the easy button. Then the machine tells us what is wrong in addition to today's lotto numbers.
     
  5. popygai

    popygai PicturePerfect 2+ Year Member

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    h iguys,
    sorry to annoy you again. What I need is how to write an RX for an MRI, for a person who has posterior tibial nerve entrapment ( Tarsal Tunnel syndrome) which has nerve ending in L4-S1. I need the MRI to rule out possible spinal lesion????
    PLEASE helpppppppp
     
  6. Critical Mass

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    Maybe ask someone in clinical rotations. I didn't think that med students were allowed to order diagnostics.
     
  7. Tired

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    Why would you need a CTLS MRI for tarsal tunnel syndrome? This makes no sense at all.
     
  8. Blue Dog

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    Agree. If it's tarsal tunnel syndrome, and you suspect a mass, you might consider an MRI of the foot/ankle, not the spine.
     
  9. Tired

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    Anyone else wondering if this is a patient trying to fake their way into getting an unnecessary test? It's just so bizarre, it's hard to imagine a question like this coming from a med student. A "RX" for an MRI? Anatomically-incorrect imaging procedures? Cross posting here and in the residency forum? Weird stuff.
     
  10. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

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    There's definitely something wrong. I haven't even started medical school yet, but even I can tell something's not right.

    1) Rx for diagnostic test doesn't make sense

    2) If I ever have a logistical question about ordering a test I'm pretty sure I'd ask a supervisor (resident or attending), not ask the question on an internet forum where no one has any knowledge of the hospital in which I'm working.
     
  11. Dakota

    Dakota Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

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    After some skimming of prior posts, it appears our OP wants to start optometry school next year . . . not sure why a pre-optometrist is trying to get an RX (huh?) for an MRI.
     
  12. njbmd

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    Gone Walkabout!
    Cross posted thread, so now closing.
     

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