Magnetic Resonance Imaging Anchorage AK

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William Robert Austin, MD
(701) 234-2000
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1978

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Lawrence P Wood
(907) 274-7977
2751 Debarr Rd
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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John R Fischer
(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
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1993

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Lester B Lewis
(907) 274-7977
2751 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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Janice M Wood Anderson, MD
(907) 261-3641
3200 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1970

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Andrew M Moran
(907) 274-7977
2751 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology

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Rhonda C Smith, DO
(907) 729-2307
4315 Diplomacy Dr
Anchorage, AK
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Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1991

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Chakri Inampudi, MD
(205) 934-3240
3340 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gandhi Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1991
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Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: University Of Alabama Hospital

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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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