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  • Second Opinion: FAQ

    Frequently Asking Questions

    Who is eligible?

    You are eligible to use the Barrow Neurosurgical Second Opinion Program if you meet the following criteria:

    1. You have been recently diagnosed with one of the following neurological diseases:

    • Brain or pituitary tumor
    • Spinal disorder
    • Cerebrovascular disorder (aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, moyamoya disease, intracranial stenosis, cavernous malformation, dural arteriovenous fistula)
    • Acoustic neuroma
    • Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, or dystonia
    • Hypothalamic hamartoma

    2. You have diagnostic images taken within the past 3-6 months that clearly show the disease or pathology in question.
    3. You have already seen and been diagnosed by a physician as having one of the conditions above.
    4. Your diagnostic images are accessible on a CD or other digital storage device and ready to upload.

    What kinds of diagnostic images are acceptable?

    We accept MRI and CT scans for diagnostic purposes.

    How old do I have to be to participate?

    You must be at least 18 years old to request a neurosurgical second opinion.

    How long does the process take?

    We will have your completed neurosurgical second opinion to you within 7┬ábusiness days from the receipt of your diagnostic images and radiologist’s report. Only applications containing both the request form and diagnostic images will be considered.

    Does my doctor need to be involved?

    You do not need to have your doctor submit your second opinion question on your behalf. However, you may want to consult with a neurologist, neurosurgeon, or family physician in your area if you have trouble understanding or interpreting our treatment recommendation.

    What does it cost?

    Barrow charges a $100 fee, payable by major credit card, for each neurosurgical second opinion request. We do not offer any other payment option other than credit card for online neurosurgical second opinions.

    Is it covered by my insurance?

    Please consult your individual policy guidelines or insurance company to see if second opinion services are covered. Barrow does not bill your insurance company directly for neurosurgical second opinions. You will need to submit a request for reimbursement to your insurance company if applicable.

    About Barrow Neurological Institute

    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.