Magnetic Resonance Imaging Apex NC

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Leo Frank Mazzocchi, MD
812 Ellynn Dr
Cary, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1964

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Bertrand Wax Schlam, MD
(617) 536-8637
101 SW Cary Pkwy Ste 40
Cary, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1982

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Gregory Hugh Rose, MD
300 Ashville Ave
Cary, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1993

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John Granville Alley
(919) 834-3023
4420 Lake Boone Trl
Raleigh, NC
Specialty
Radiology

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Gregory Colin Hinn, MD
(919) 834-8733
2605 Blue Ridge Rd Ste 220
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1989

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Frank Russell Graybeal Jr, MD
(919) 467-5900
101 SW Cary Pkwy Ste 40
Cary, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1977

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Robert Alfred De Simone, MD
(919) 233-8471
Cary, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1961

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Christopher Tharrington, MD
(919) 733-0800
1300 Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1992

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Neil Albert Ramquist, MD
(919) 781-9729
2605 Blue Ridge Rd Ste 220
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
Radiology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Davis, Sch Of Med, Davis Ca 95616
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, Nc
Group Practice: Raleigh Radiology Blue Ridge; Raleigh Radiology Cedarhurst; Raleigh Radiology At Rex Hospital

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Donald Gene Detweiler
(919) 784-3023
4420 Lake Boone Trl
Raleigh, NC
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Radiology

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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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