Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guntersville AL

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James F Mc Allister, DO
(256) 571-8655
2320 Homer Clayton Dr
Guntersville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1988

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Jay Watson Maxwell, MD
Albertville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1959

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John Nicholas Joslyn, MD
(504) 454-4000
307 University Blvd N
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1979

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Mark Hayden Le Quire, MD
(334) 288-4624
2055 Normandie Dr Ste 108
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1982

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Robert Lee Franklin III, MD
(334) 273-7000
4145 Carmichael Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al; Jackson Hosp & Clinic, Montgomery, Al; Baptist Med Ctr, Montgomery, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Oncology Llc

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Quirino Lim Pua, MD
(256) 891-0300
203 N Emmett St
Albertville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1973

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Lisa Ann Driskill, MD
(256) 840-3480
203 N Emmett St
Albertville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1993

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Ruby Frances Meredith, MD
(205) 975-0222
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: University Of AL Birmingham

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Ellann Mc Crory, MD
(256) 845-0017
Fort Payne, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1960

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Arnold Carl Merrow, MD
(205) 934-3166
619 19th St S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 2001

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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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