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Robert Thomas Mariano, MD
(215) 955-8093
1509 W 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1995

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James Jude Rinaldi, MD
(757) 482-6124
800 Oak St
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ronald Lee Washburn, MD
(757) 427-9191
125 Buena Vista Cir
South Hill, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1973

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Dennie Thomasson Bartol
(757) 594-4405
500 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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Robert Sherman Creekmore
(540) 981-7553
1906 Belleview Ave Se
Roanoke, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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Jeffrey Donald McTavish, MD
1509 W 3rd St
Farmville, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1993

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Kin Sing Au
(703) 858-8850
44035 Riverside Pkwy
Leesburg, VA
Specialty
Radiology, Radiation Oncology

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Melanie Helene Hodge
(434) 237-4004
113 Nationwide Dr
Lynchburg, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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Gregory Scott Shields, MD
459 Locust Ave
Charlottesville, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1997

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Avery A Evans
(804) 628-3580
1250 E Marshall St
Richmond, VA
Specialty
Radiology, Interventional 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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