Magnetic Resonance Imaging Front Royal VA

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Douglas James Markert, MD
(703) 361-3030
1000 N Shenandoah Ave
Front Royal, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1994

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Margaret D Toxopeus
(540) 536-8750
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
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Radiology

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Erik Nels Nelson
(540) 536-8750
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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David Kent Harry
(540) 536-8750
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
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Radiology

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Francis Walter Willi
(540) 536-8750
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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Francis Walter Willi, MD
(540) 662-4071
402 Windsor Ln
Winchester, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1984

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Preston Stuart Fox
(540) 536-8750
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
Specialty
Radiology

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Curtis Jeffrey Thwing, MD
1840 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1995

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Patrick Michael Capone, MD
(540) 667-1828
125 Medical Cir Ste A
Winchester, VA
Specialties
Neurology, Neurology/Diagnostic Radiology/Neuroradiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Winchester Med Ctr, Winchester, Va; Shenandoah Memorial Hosp, Woodstock, Va
Group Practice: Winchester Neurological Inc

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John Lawrence Wood, MD
(540) 662-4071
208 S Loudoun St
Winchester, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Winchester Med Ctr, Winchester, Va
Group Practice: Winchester Radiologists P C

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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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