Educational Scan Review Program

The Department of Neurosurgery Educational Scan Review Program provides you and your treating physician with educational information to help guide your treatment. The program is designed to give a basic review of your imaging studies, and offer information and resources on the most appropriate and/or advanced methods available for brain, pediatric, blood vessel and spinal abnormalities.

How to Request an Educational Scan Review

To have your imaging studies reviewed by the Department of Neurosurgery team, please contact the department directly at 310-423-7900 or you may download the appropriate Medical History Review Form and follow the steps listed below.

The department makes every effort to complete the scan review process as soon as possible. In general, you can expect to receive the results of the scan review within 10 business days, however, in some circumstances it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.


PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to fill out all information and check all boxes on the Medical History Review Form. If forms are incomplete, the review process may be delayed. Please make sure to include your personal address (no P.O. Box addresses please) on the Medical History Review Form.

How to Process Your Scan Review

California and Michigan Residents - If you live in California or Michigan, you can send your imaging studies and Medical History Review Form directly to the Department of Neurosurgery.

All other United States Residents - United States residents that do not live in California or Michigan need to have their treating physician fill out, sign and submit the Medical History Review Form.

International Residents - Individuals living outside of the United States should have their treating physician fill out and submit the Medical History Review Form.

For all submissions: In order to expedite the scan review, please provide a fax number or e-mail 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, please submit it along with your two most recent imaging studies (both before and after surgery or radiation therapy). When applicable, MRI scans are preferred over CT scans.

If available, please provide or have your physician 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 a Scan Review

There is a $65 administrative fee for a scan review. Please submit a cashier's check or money order payable to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and include payment with the Medical History Review Form and scans. If necessary, arrangements can be made for a credit card payment.

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 imaging studies since original items cannot be returned.

Sending Your Records to the Department

Most recent imaging studies (CD-ROM) 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, medical reports and imaging studies together to:

Department of Neurosurgery
Attn: Educational Scan Review Program
127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Suite A6600
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 310-423-7900

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

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

Our Commitment

The Department of Neurosurgery is fully committed to providing you with a basic review and educational suggestions on your medical condition.

Depending on your state of residence, our findings will be sent either to your treating physician or to you directly.

Our Team Approach to Patient Care

The Department of Neurosurgery, under the leadership of Director Keith L. Black, MD, is comprised of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, radiation oncologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical and basic science researchers, clinic nurses, information specialists, as well as administrative and support staff. Our highly interactive, interdisciplinary staff is dedicated to providing quality care and service.

If you are interested in receiving a more comprehensive consultation by our expert team, please contact our department for an appointment at:

Department of Neurosurgery
Phone: 310-423-7900
Fax: 310-423-0777

For an initial appointment, second opinion consultation or more information, please call 1-800-CEDARS-1 (1-800-233-2771) or e-mail us.