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#1 Monica38

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:34 PM

I was wondering, if the insurance decided not to cover a CT scan, because they think you don't need one, if you had to pay how much do you think a small clinic would charge?

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:48 PM

Hi Monica,

I may be wrong (I often am!) but I don't think it's possible for a patient to order their own CT scan. I believe they can only be done with a doctor's order. And there is some speculation that CT scans might increase cancer risk.

So if you want a CT scan for any reason and your doctor won't agree to it, you may want to get a second opinion from a specialist in that area. If they do not agree to it, ask them to explain it to you really well, answering ALL your questions regarding your symptoms and the reason why you should or should not have a CT scan.
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#3 Monica38

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:30 PM

Aw I didn't know about CT scan and cancer...

My ophthalmologist ordered for me, to check my eyes, because I have high myopia but I'm wondering if he could have ordered another type of imaging service.

I was trying to get my internist doctor to order a lung CT scan, but the insurance keeps denying, probably because I already got an X ray, that another doctor said was normal, and that I had just a little bronchitis.

I will have a PFT test, so I guess the idea of a CT was not a good one, uh? I need to slow down.

Tomorrow I am going to call my ophthalmologist about the eye scan and see if there is another alternative.

Thanks.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:35 AM

Hi Monica,

I know what it's like to want answers and to feel impatient when we have symptoms and illness to deal with. But you have many years ahead of you so it is like treading a fine line between the proper amount and type of tests while trying to (within reason) reduce exposure to some of the riskier tests that can include injections of radioactive material or exposure to radiation.

I love the tests that are not invasive and with no pain or risk. For that, the PFT (pulmonary function test) is right up there at the top. I don't mind tests that are unavoidable however I do really question my doctors about whether the test is important, whether a less invasive test could give similar results, and exactly how far apart we can spread general monitoring tests without being negligent. I figure reducing exposure to doctor's offices and hospitals also reduces my exposure to some of the nastier germs, as well.
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