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James Lawrence Faries
(907) 257-4878
2925 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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Lester Branson Lewis, MD
2801 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1982

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John R Fischer
(907) 261-3641
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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Burl C Stephens
(907) 729-3971
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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L Rodney Cook, MD
(907) 261-3186
2300 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology, Radiation Oncology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 1981

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Ronald Louis Cain, MD
(907) 543-6376
6815 Double Tree Ct
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1961

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Erik J Maurer
(907) 261-3641
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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Grant Parker Tibbetts, MD
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1993

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John Morgan Midthun
(907) 729-2300
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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John J Kottra
(907) 261-6341
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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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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