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Stephen Patrick VanHouten
(515) 239-4456
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
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Thomas R Gleason, DO
(515) 450-9283
3115 Beckley St
Ames, IA
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Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1981

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David Campbell Larson, MD
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Ames, IA
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983

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Michael Duff, MD
1018 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
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Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
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Russell Lewis Wilson, MD
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Ames, IA
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1978
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Hospital: Mary Greeley Med Ctr, Ames, Ia
Group Practice: McFarland Clinic Pc

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John Dee Shierholz, MD
(515) 239-4456
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1970
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Hospital: Mary Greeley Med Ctr, Ames, Ia
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Russell Lewis Wilson
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Ames, IA
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Steven Ward Vince, MD
(515) 291-3505
5505 Oak Ln
Ames, IA
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Medical School: Univ Nordestana (Unne), Fac De Cien Med, San Francisco De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1980

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Charles Milton Olson, MD
(515) 239-4400
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
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Radiology, Emergency Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1979
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Hospital: Mary Greeley Med Ctr, Ames, Ia
Group Practice: McFarland Clinic Pc

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1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
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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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