NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's HealthCare Launches 'Consultative Scan Review' Program for Physicians and Patients Seeking Second Opinion


    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 12 /CNW/ -- NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's
HealthCare today announced the launch of a new program in which Institute
physicians provide a timely service by mail to physicians and patients seeking
a second opinion. Called the "Consultative Scan Review" Program, it is
tailored to cases related to brain tumors and spinal or neurovascular

    "In today's health care, patients should seize opportunities to get a
second or even a third opinion when facing a complex brain or spine
condition," Kit Fox, M.D., Executive Medical Director at NeuroTexas Institute,
said. "The 'Consultative Scan Review' Program gives patients and primary care
physicians the opportunity to conduct due diligence and confirm initial

    Patients and primary care physicians can contact NeuroTexas Institute by
phone at (512) 544-9000 or conveniently complete a scan review request form
online at Upon receipt of the request, a nurse
coordinator will contact the patient or physician to coordinate a timely and
seamless clinical review of the patient's MRI or CT scans.

    "This consultative approach allows patients and primary care physicians
to benefit from additional resources and possible alternative treatment
options," Michael Webb, M.D., Executive Medical Director at NeuroTexas
Institute, said.

    According to the National Brain Tumor Society, patients should get a
second opinion as soon after the initial diagnosis as possible, preferably
before treatment has begun. This will avoid delaying proper treatment. Brain
tumors are particularly challenging and complex because of the variety and
treatment options available. A second opinion can confirm an initial diagnosis
or compare suggested courses of treatment.

    Since the program's inception, NeuroTexas Institute has already received
international inquiries from Europe and Asia.

    A small administrative fee applies for postage of scans and clinical

    About The NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's HealthCare

    NeuroTexas Institute at St. David's HealthCare is dedicated to ensuring
the best clinical outcomes for patients with conditions affecting the brain,
spine and nerves. The Institute was founded to promote quality care, provide
academic leadership and perform advanced research in the field of
neurosciences. For more information please visit

    St. David's HealthCare

    In 2008, St. David's HealthCare received the Texas Award for Performance
Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the State of Texas based upon world
class quality measures. With a total of 21 sites across Central Texas, St.
David's HealthCare includes six of the area's leading hospitals: St. David's
North Austin Medical Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, St.
David's South Austin Hospital, St. David's Medical Center, St. David's
Georgetown Hospital and St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to
its full-service rehabilitation hospital, St. David's provides rehabilitation
services at its acute-care facilities and at numerous outpatient
rehabilitation clinics across the region. For more information please visit


    Media Contacts:
    Kristin Marcum or Erin Ochoa
    Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations


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For further information: Kristin Marcum or Erin Ochoa, both of Elizabeth
Christian & Associates Public Relations, +1-512-472-9599, for NeuroTexas
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