I find myself in a position where I could really benefit from the wisdom of others. I would greatly appreciate some advice.
Doctor and IME reports are based on the opinions provided by X-ray Technicians. The last two are in direct conflict with accepted scientific medical data in regard to the bodies’ ability to repair/regenerate disc tissue. The last two MRI reports are used for reference in the Doctor and IME reports.
The MRI of July 2007 report states, “multiple levels of Degenerative Disc Disease. Severe decreased disc space at L5-S1 with DISC EXTRUSION extending into the pelvic paraspinous tissue.” The actual films substantiate the report (I have the original films).
The MRI of January 2008 report states, “No interval change noted from previous lumbar spine MRI examination of July 2007.” (I have the original films).
The MRI of February 2009 report states, “L5-S1 severe degenerative disc and moderate degenerative facet change WITH NORMAL DISC CONTOUR. L3-S1 degenerative change, resulting in foraminal stenosis. No disk herniation’s.” I was denied copies of the film.
The MRI of April 2010 The report states, “L5-S1 MODERATE LOSS OF HEIGHT OF THE INTERVERTEBRAL DISC… . minimal to moderate degenerative changes… disc bulge contacting the exiting L5 nerve root.” I was denied copies of the film.
The inconsistency of opinions correspond with the State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries generated letters requesting medical records already received, documented and claim imaged, or payment will not be issued.
I have brought this to the attention of my Attorney’s and Doctors. The Attorney’s tell me not to worry; this is how things are done and it is not wise to question a medical professional in any legal situation. The Doctors claim they cannot read the MRI films and will not question the Technician.
I am hoping for some guidance on how to proceed, so I can obtain a factual MRI reading, which should result in an accurate medical evaluation.