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Stephen V Ward
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology

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Edgar T Clark
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine

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Leslie Noreen Nishimi, MD
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave Ste 101
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1981

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Jennifer Jean Kottra, MD
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave Ste 101
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1993

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Skyler Karen Lindsley, MD
(206) 598-4115
1200 N Beaver St
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology, Radiation Oncology
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Female
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1985

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Kenneth Vincent Salce, MD
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave Ste 101
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1980

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Edgar T Clark, MD
(928) 773-2515
1399 W Meade Ln
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1966

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Edward P Herman
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology

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Paul Edward Sangster, MD
(928) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave Ste 101
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1974

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Paul Orville Hiette, MD
(623) 773-2515
77 W Forest Ave Ste 101
Flagstaff, AZ
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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