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Published on April 04, 2019

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Cape Cod Healthcare neurosurgeons assess spinal diagnoses made off-Cape via an online assessment service.

People who are struggling with persistent back problems but don’t live on Cape Cod can nonetheless benefit from the expertise of the team at Cape Cod Healthcare Neurosurgery through a program called Free Online MRI Review. This program was created to allow people who may be candidates for spinal surgery to ensure they have received the correct diagnoses and treatment plans by having Cape Cod Hospital neurosurgeons evaluate their cases.

The process is simple: If you have undergone magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your spine, obtain a digitized version of the images on a compact disc or other format. These images can be uploaded to a secure online portal. Your MRI will be reviewed by one of the neurosurgeons, who will make a diagnosis and recommend the optimal approach for remedying your back problem, whether that means conservative measures (such as physical therapy) or minimally invasive surgery. Patients can then seek a personal consultation with one of our neurosurgeons.

This program is not available to patients who are already under the care of a physician within the Cape Cod Healthcare system.

“The Free Online MRI Review program is popular with patients who live on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, but we also conduct evaluations for many who live on the mainland and even overseas,” said neurosurgeon Paul Houle, MD, FAANS.