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James Edward Sheppeck, MD
(505) 325-1229
801 W Maple St
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1966

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Robert W Orbelo
(505) 325-1572
801 W. Maple
Farmington, NM
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Radiology

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Lynne F Bliss
(505) 325-1572
801 W. Maple
Farmington, NM
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Radiology

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John C Collingwood
(505) 332-5800
4411 The 25 Way Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Kingsley Ozoude, MD
(412) 647-3530
1235 8th St
Las Vegas, NM
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1996

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Alan F Alarcon
(505) 325-1572
801 W. Maple
Farmington, NM
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Radiology

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Lynne Margaret Bliss, MD
(505) 325-1572
802 W Apache St
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Radiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: San Juan Reg Med Ctr, Farmington, Nm
Group Practice: Four Corners Radiological Assn

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Frederick William Rupp, MD
(505) 272-0011
2211 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1987

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Duncan W Lill
(505) 332-6900
4411 The 25 Way Ne
Albuquerque, NM
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Radiology

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Jerome Burstein, MD
(505) 262-7092
8020 Constitution Pl NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1968

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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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