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Jolly McKenzie, MD
(256) 353-5071
PO Box 2007
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1960

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Michael Danl Jokich, MD
(256) 301-3360
1705 Yorktown Cir SW
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Parkway Med Ctr Hosp, Decatur, Al

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Ann G Bignault, MD
1874 Beltline Rd SW
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1991

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Traci Cole McCormick, MD
1312 7th St SE
Decatur, AL
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Radiology, Radiation Oncology
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1999

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Vernon Sevier Hurst, MD
(256) 355-7133
1216 13th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1992
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Hospital: Decatur General Hosp, Decatur, Al
Group Practice: Radiology Group

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John Sewell Hamilton, MD
(256) 546-7048
PO Box 2007
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1954

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Gregory L South, MD
(205) 355-7133
1216 13th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1972

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Frank Paul Scalfano Jr, MD
(256) 355-7133
1216 13th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1985

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Ann G Bignault
(256) 350-2211
1874 Beltline Rd Sw
Decatur, AL
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Radiology

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Lane Mathis Price, MD
(256) 355-0370
1312 7th St SE
Decatur, AL
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Radiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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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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