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Mitchell E Gallagher, MD
2900 12th Ave N Ste 220
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1980

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R Rex Dietz, MD
(406) 657-7115
2900 12th Ave N Ste 220
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Eastern Radiological Assoc

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Kathleen Ann Ryan
(406) 237-5862
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Radiology

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Robert Rex Dietz
(406) 237-5862
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialty
Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Kathleen Ann Ryan, MD
(406) 657-7115
2900 12th Ave N Ste 220
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1981

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John Vernon Hanson, MD
2900 12th Ave N Ste 220
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Eastern Radiological Assoc

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Dean Adrian Bruschwein, MD
(406) 657-4190
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Deaconess Billings Clinic

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Jonathan Paul Graeve, MD
(406) 657-4190
2800 10th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lawrence L Herbert
(406) 238-2500
2825 8th Ave N
Billings, MT
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Radiology

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John Scott Brandon
(406) 237-5862
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
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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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