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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thoracic spine MRI with dye ordered?

Spine MRI: Although your pcp can order a spine mri, but i advise you to be seen by either a neurologist of neuro surgeon inorder to be more specific, sometimes according to the symptoms may be you need to have an MRI of other part of the spine and also to have benefit of the spine MRI it is better to be reviewed carefully especially if eventually you need to be seen by the specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Do I have to see a specialist to get a neck MRI without dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a neck MRI without dye ordered?

No: Your primary physician can order the MRI if he or she feels that it is necessary and if your insurance carrier will cover it. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a brain CT scan with dye ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a brain CT scan with dye ordered?

No: You do not need a specialist to order a ct scan, however your insurance may not pay for it unless a specialist orders it. This is one of the problems in us healthcare. Any doctor or qualified healthcare provider can order the scan...But insurance may not pay for it. Check with your insurer first. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a CT or cat scan ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a CT or cat scan ordered?

No: No. Any licensed physician can order a ct or cat scan. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can order them too. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Yes: A bronchoscopy is a specialized procedure performed by a trained specialist, usually a pulmonologist to visualize & inspect the major airways and take samples of fluids, biopsies as neccesary, etc. Procedure also to localize lesions, obstructions, nodes among other indications. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagram ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagram ordered?

Not necessarily: If your primary physician suspects a problem with the esophagus, he or she may be inclined to order an "esophagram", which would likely be performed by the radiology department. This test can be ordered by your regular doctor - if there is a specific problem discovered, you may then need to see a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Yes: A hysteroscopy may be indicated for a number of gynecologic complaints (abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids, lost iud, etc). A hysteroscopy can be performed in the clinic or in an operating room, depending on the physician and the problem being investigated. Most ob/gyn's perform hysteroscopy, and yes you would need to have an evaluation with your gynecologist to detemine that you need this exam. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagogastroduodenoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagogastroduodenoscopy ordered?

Ordered no ,done yes: If you have symptoms that may require egd, best to be seen by gatroenterologist (gi md) first, then get scheduled; want to make sure it is indicated, symptoms are not from other causes, e.g. Cardiac which likely are evaluated first. The GI doc is a physician, not simply a technician. Special training for doing, and interpreting egds. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be looking for an orthopedic or neurologist doctor to operate on a herniated disk?

Do you think I should be looking for an orthopedic or neurologist doctor to operate on a herniated disk?

Spine surgery: Either an ortho surgeon or neurosurgeon can operate on the spine. Your choice will depend on the doctor's experience and your comfort level with that person. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

Ordered no, done yes: Need a thorough, multidisciplinary evaluation, including psychologic, before the procedure is done. Needs to be done by a specialist/bariatric surgeon in a "center of excellence" which does at least 100/yr, with good results and follow up. Can have lots of complications during and afterward; need high quality care. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a thoracic spine CT scan with dye?

Maybe: While there are not usually blood tests ordered, your dr. May want a serum creatinine to check your kidney function before you get the dye. Talk to you dr. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

It'd be a good idea: To speak with an endocrinologist to help you sort out whether or not you need a thyroidectomy. If endocrinologist thinks its reasonable to get surgery, they can refer you to an endocrine or ENT surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate you and also decide if they think surgery is indicated. Choosing surgery is a big choice so getting good opinions is important. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

No: Your doctor can order this test and specify what he/she is looking for or suspicious of certain illness. The pathologist is usually the one who reviews the test and provide answers to your doc! ...Read more

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Do I have to see a doctor for a curved spine?

Do I have to see a doctor for a curved spine?

Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a descriptive term meaning curvature of the spine. Some people have it as a youth and it can progress as you age. The most common cause idiopathic, meaning we don't know. As we age and develope degenerative changes we can also develop curving. Great informative web site: www.Isoliosis.Com. Explains process, amounts, causes, and treatments. Seeing a doctor depends on many factors. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a d dimer ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a d dimer ordered?

Not necessarily..: A d-dimer test is usually obtained when a blood clot diagnosis is considered. The test is very non-specific in that many things besides a blood clot can result in a positive test. If the d-dimer is negative, the chances of having clinically significant clot is very small. So, in terms of diagnosis, a negative test is actually more helpful. The test can be ordered by any doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a laser treatment of leg veins ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a laser treatment of leg veins ordered?

Leg veins: Laser treatments for the legs are deemed usually cosmetic and are not covered by insurance. Seeing a vein specialist, vascular surgeon as well as a cosmetic medicine specialist can take care of your problems. ...Read more

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