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Timothy James Dozier, MD
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd Ste 1
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996

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Paul Russell Smith, MD
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd Ste 1
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1989

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Paul Clay Larson, MD
(318) 448-8211
3704 North Blvd Ste B
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1980

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Lillian Whitley Cavin, MD
(318) 473-0010
6409 Landmark Dr
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1982

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Kevin John Jeansonne
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd
Alexandria, LA
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Interventional Radiology

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Alfred A Mansour, MD, FACR
(318) 442-7500
3704 North Blvd Ste A
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Scott Carbajal
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology

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Christian Anthony Scheuermann
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology

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Stephen Douglas Rice, MD
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd Ste 1
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Mem Univ Of Newfoundland, Fac Of Med, St Johns, Nfld, Canada
Graduation Year: 1988

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Rachadip Singh Sachasinh, MD
(318) 442-8399
3704 North Blvd Ste A
Alexandria, LA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1997

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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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