Outside Scan Review Program at the Brain Tumor Center

The Scan Review Program is a consultation service offered to your primary care physician in order to help guide your treatment. The program is designed to give a basic review of your scans, and offer information and resources on the newest methods of treatment for brain tumors.

How to Request an Educational Scan Review

To have your MRI or CT scan results reviewed by the Institute team, please contact the Institute directly at 310-423-7900.

Please note that there is a $50 administrative fee for the educational scan review, and the entire review process takes approximately one to three weeks.

How to Process Your Educational Scan Review

If you live in California or Michigan, you can send your scans and Medical History Review Form directly to the Department of Neurosurgery. All other United States residents need to have their primary care physician fill out and submit the Medical History Review Form.

Individuals living outside of the U.S. should have their primary care physician fill out and submit the review form. In order to expedite the receipt of our physician's basic review offering information and resources on the newest methods of treatment, please provide a fax number or email address. If this contact information is not provided, a letter containing the physician's review will be mailed to the address supplied.

Once your Medical History Review Form is completed, have your physician submit it, along with your two most recent MRI or CT Scan films, both before and after surgery or radiation therapy -- if applicable, MRI scans are preferred over CT scans.

If available, you or your physician will need to provide copies of your pathology and operative reports. If you have been diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) or aneurysm, please send or have your physician send your most recent angiogram film or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) scan.


Charge for an Educational Scan Review

There is a $50 administrative fee for a scan review. Please submit a cashier's check or money order payable to Cedars-Sinai, and include payment with the Medical History Review Form and scans submitted to the department.

International Residents - To keep the cost down for obtaining a scan review, we are no longer able to return MRI films, CDs or Medical Reports to individuals living outside the United States. We ask that you only send copies of requested items that do not need to be returned. We will not be responsible for original items.


Sending Your Records to the Department

Most recent scans should not be older than 3 months. To obtain a review more quickly and to ensure delivery confirmation of these important reports, please send your completed Medical History Review Form and all scans and medical reports together to:

Brain Tumor Center
Department of Neurosurgery
8631 W. Third St., Suite 800E
Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Please use an overnight delivery service with a tracking system (e.g., Federal Express or UPS).


Processing of Digital Scans

If you have digital copies of your scans (e.g., CD-ROM or floppy disk), you may email them to groupmdnsi@cshs.org, along with a completed Medical History Review Form to the Institute.

The program's business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Pacific Time.


Our Commitment

The Brain Tumor Center is fully committed to providing you with a basic review and educational suggestions on your medical condition. Once you have completed the necessary steps by sending us your Medical History Review Form, scans and medical reports, the Institute will review them, and our findings will mailed to your primary care physician, most likely, within three weeks of receiving your information.

You will be copied on the response to your primary care physician. If you live in California or Michigan, findings will be mailed directly to you.

Please make sure to include your personal address (no P.O. Box addresses please) on the Medical History Review Form.


Our Team Approach to Patient Care

The Brain Tumor Center, under the leadership of director Keith L. Black, MD, is comprised of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical and basic science researchers, nurses, information specialists, as well as administrative and support staff. Our highly interactive, multidisciplinary staff is dedicated to providing quality care and service, and is available if you would like a full consult or a second opinion. If so, please contact the department at:

Brain Tumor Center
Department of Neurosurgery
8631 W. Third St., Suite 800E
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone: 310-423-7900
Fax: 310-423-0777


For an appointment, a second opinion or more information, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or email us at mdnsi@cshs.org.