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Alan Robert Belknap, MD
(406) 782-2268
401 S Alabama St
Butte, MT
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1964

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Rashmikant Bachubhai Shah
(406) 496-3535
435 S Crystal St
Butte, MT
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine

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Eugene Frank Hughes Jr, MD
(406) 723-2616
Butte, MT
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1975

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Robert Alan Kaufman, MD
(406) 494-0188
801 Dewey Blvd
Butte, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1974

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William Joseph Birck, MD
(406) 721-4906
3205 S Russell St
Missoula, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1978

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John Michael Driscoll
(406) 723-2570
400 S Clark St
Butte, MT
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Radiology

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John Michael Driscoll, MD
(406) 723-7236
400 S Clark St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1971

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Jesse Alfred Cole, MD
820 W Platinum St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jesse Alfred Cole, MD
820 W Platinum St
Butte, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1983

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Michael P Hagan, MD
(804) 828-2795
2019 Broadwater Ave
Billings, MT
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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