I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My MRI & Me

Yesterday I drove over to the Arlington Group to pick up a copies of both my MRI and the X-rays of my lower back.  First of all, I have to say I was surprised by how busy they were - patients everywhere which truly didn't surprise me.  As I'd said early, they have a very good reputation.  Anyway, I had to sit and wait because they couldn't find the CD with my MRI and the X-rays.  After about 10 minutes the girl waved from the counter.  "Here, I've found them."  I toddled over and she handed them to me with a cheery "you have a good day."  I smiled and wished her the same.
It wasn't until I got home that I discovered she'd given me something extra:  the authorization for the release of my medical information.  This form is to be kept on file by them... and, of course, they don't have it.  You can see it there, lurking beneath the disk.

Anyway, this shouldn't have surprised me.  I suspect something went awry after my initial diagnosis and for reasons known to only them, they prescribed one of the most invasive, expensive treatments possible.  They had 33 days to pre-authorize the claim and didn't...  maybe they're just not used to having claims denied.  I don't know about you, but I'm fairly certain this is their send off present, that my doctor / patient relationship with the Arlington Group has now been severed.  This is life.


  1. Working for the free nhs system of heath care
    Can i ask you to explain what exactly has happened

    1. 8 weeks ago I went to my primary care dr for back pain - she put me on diazapam (valium) as a muscle relaxer. 16 hours after I started taking the meds I started falling down - 6 times in one day alone, absolutely no strength in my right leg. Specialist said "bad arthritis - surgery necessary, need to fuse 4 vertebrae," but didnt' file claim until 1 week before operation. Insurance said "wo, wait a minute, too extensive, too much bone being removed." in the 8 weeks that have passed much of the strength has come back so I said 2nd opinion time & specialist, basically said "bye, bye, bye."

  2. I was so surprised at how big an MRI file is. I switched doctors and so I had to get my medical records transferred. most of the stuff they can send electronically or fax over. But with the MRI scans, they also had to copy mine to discs and mail them to the new office. I was in some shock.

    Kacey @ Glendale MRI

    1. Mine are in my desk. If I had the software I could watch it on my monitor, ain't that sharp!