Q: Why should I get a second opinion?

A: First, you will get a different perspective on your options. Some doctors are more conservative and others more aggressive. There may be several different options, each with their pros and cons; obtaining a second opinion will provide you the opportunity to hear possible alternative options that may not have been considered. No doctor can know everything or make the best decision all the time. A second opinion can also serve as a general quality check – to make sure you are getting the most up to date, most accurate diagnostic evaluation.

Q: Why get a remote second opinion?

A: Depending on where you live, your mobility, or your availability for travel, your accessibility to highly specialized care may be limited. The IRIS Radiology group can provide valuable objective information about your MRI, CT or X-ray directly to you and your physician without requiring you to spend time and money on traveling.

Q: How does the process work?

A: Click here to go to the "How to Send" page

Q: Do I need my physician's permission to obtain a second opinion?

A: No, but we do require you to accept on our terms and agreement. This is mainly for your security and for HIPPA compliance. However, at your request, you can provide us with your physician's name, address, and contact information and we will provide them with a copy of the second opinion report as a part of our service at (no extra charge).

Q: What does my doctor need to do?

A: Nothing unless you would like your doctor to be involved. You can ask your doctor to fax or email us any pertinent clinical information that can help us in our re-review of your exam. This may include prior radiology reports and/or recent clinical notes. If your doctor has directed you to get the second opinion, please have them fax a 're-read' script to us with any other concerns they may have.

Q: How much do IRIS Radiology services cost?

A: Click here to download our Interpretation Request form (IR Form) for cost detail.

Q: Are IRIS Radiology services covered by insurance?

This is a 'self-pay' service. At this time, most health plans do not cover second opinions; however, there is increased interest in doing so and our policies may change in the future.

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