Getting a second opinion for a head injury is a good idea — there are many advanced diagnostics available today, and concerned patients and parents should feel free to seek additional input on their injury.
The Second Opinion Program at the Weill Cornell Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic can provide you with the peace of mind that comes from having an expert confirm your diagnosis, or offer a different perspective on your symptoms. The program offers both in-person appointments as well as a remote service called Review and Report — which is a thorough review of your previous images and diagnosis and an evaluation of the recommended treatment, followed by our written report.
We can do a review of your diagnosis and treatment plan and provide the written report within two to three days of receiving your images. Our Review and Report process will:
Confirm your diagnosis, or suggest additional tests. Some injuries don’t appear on imaging tests, and others may be missed on initial examination. If we have any reason to believe your diagnosis needs confirmation, we may recommend additional advanced imaging or other tests to verify your condition.
Provide information about treatment options. Not every doctor or hospital has access to the most advanced technology or has the specialized training to identify the subtle effects of a traumatic brain injury.
Make a recommendation. Our written report will recommend a course of treatment that our experts believe is best for you.
Please remember that a second opinion based only on images and medical records is necessarily limited to what is contained in those files. It cannot replace an in-person medical evaluation from a qualified physician. If you would prefer to make an appointment with one of our doctors for a second opinion, please call us or use our online form to Request an Appointment.
Getting a second opinion will not offend your current doctor – it’s simply a means of empowering and educating yourself about your condition and your options. The ultimate decision is yours to make, but rest assured that our experts are standing by to help you make the right choice.
Ready to request a second opinion?
When you are ready to get started, we will walk you through the set-up of a secure online account, where you will be able to upload your imaging and reports as well as pay the fee. (When you set up your account you will be asked to accept the Terms of the program. You may preview those terms here.)
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