Magnetic Resonance Imaging Hickory NC

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Michael B Seshul Sr, MD
(615) 312-0111
420 N Center St
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1969

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Janet Rose Szabo, MD
(828) 322-2870
18 13th Ave
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Catawba Radiological Assoc Inc

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John Parks Booker Jr, MD
(828) 322-2870
18 13th Ave
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Catawba Radiological Assoc Inc

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Nicholas Frankel, MD
(828) 322-2870
18 13th Ave
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Catawba Radiological Assoc Inc

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Adrian W Holtzman
(828) 322-2644
18 13th Ave Ne
Hickory, NC
Specialty
Radiology

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Alan David Massengill, MD
(828) 322-2870
18 13th Ave
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1988

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Charles David Scheil, MD
(828) 322-2870
PO Box 308
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc; Frye Reg Med Ctr, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Catawba Radiological Assoc Inc

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Michael B Seshul
(828) 322-2644
18 13th Ave Ne
Hickory, NC
Specialty
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology

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Michael Todd Jacobs, MD
18 13th Ave NE
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1996

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William Thomas Thorwarth Jr, MD
(828) 322-2870
PO Box 308
Hickory, NC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Catawba Mem Hosp, Hickory, Nc
Group Practice: Catawba Radiological Assoc Inc

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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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