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Edith A Higginbotham
(507) 373-2384
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology

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Aivars Slucis
(507) 373-2384
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology

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John Charles Dooley, MD
(507) 373-2384
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology, Family Medicine
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Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1978

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Joseph Matthew Accurso, MD
Mayo Health System 1000 1st Drive North West
Austin, MN
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Radiology
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1992

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Richard Mark Bergen
(507) 434-1092
1000 1st Dr Nw
Austin, MN
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John Charles Dooley
(507) 373-2384
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology

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Vladimir Ivanovic, MD
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1999

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Edith A Higginbotham, MD
(605) 996-3112
404 W Fountain St
Albert Lea, MN
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1974
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Hospital: Sleepy Eye Municipal Hospital, Sleepy Eye, Mn

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John Friedrich Rose, MD
(507) 289-6846
1000 1st Dr NW
Austin, MN
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1966

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Victor Nasser Mizrachi
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1000 1st Dr Nw
Austin, MN
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MRI Is Not a Fortune Teller

Magnetic resonance imaging--more commonly known as MRI--provides doctors with computerized pictures of tissues inside the body. This machine creates images that look like slices of the area your doctor is interested in. If a person has neck pain, for example, doctors can use MRI to determine exactly where the problem is and where to operate. But can the MRI give an accurate picture of whether the surgery will be a success?

Seventy-three patients requiring surgery for spinal stenosis were studied. Spinal stenosis develops when the tube surrounding the spinal cord narrows. The resulting pressure on the spinal cord causes "myelopathy," a condition that can cause problems with the bowels and bladder, change the way a person walks, and affect a person's ability to use his or her fingers and hands.

Fifty of the patients were men; 23 were women. Their ages ranged from 43 to 81 years old. The average age was 64.

The authors studied MRI scans taken of each patient before surgery. The authors wanted to compare whether certain qualities of the MRI were common in patients who didn't do well after surgery. If patients with a particular finding on the MRI didn't get good results from surgery, doctors might know not to suggest surgery for these kinds of patients.

The results showed that, for the most part, MRIs don't predict how well a patient will do after surgery. The findings of one type of MRI pattern suggested there was greater damage to the spinal cord tissues. Patients with this MRI pattern tended to do poorly after surgery. But since only four of these patients were in the study, the results weren't conclusive.

A combination of the patients' ages, certain MRI patterns, and duration of symptoms seemed to be good predictors of how well the participants would do after surgery. Younger patients whose MRI scans didn't suggest a lot of damage and whose symptoms hadn't lasted as long were more likely to get good results from surgery.

MRIs can give lots o...

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