Magnetic Resonance Imaging Kalispell MT

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Bruce F Gray
(406) 751-7519
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
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Radiology

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Richard Forsythe Taylor, MD
75 Claremont St
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1980

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Richard Le Roy Taylor, MD
75 Claremont St
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1958

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Anders Gunnar Engdahl, MD
(406) 752-7073
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Kalispell Regional Hospital, Kalispell, Mt; North Valley Hospital, Whitefish, Mt
Group Practice: Northwest Imaging Pc

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Jack J Davis, MD
(801) 745-3332
210 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1948

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Patrick McDonnell
(406) 751-7519
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
Specialty
Radiology

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Gordon Donald Stillie, DO
(816) 691-1866
343 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1978

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Hugh Cecil
(406) 751-7519
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
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Radiology

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Richard Friedman
(406) 751-7519
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
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Radiology

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Michael Henson
(406) 751-7519
320 Sunnyview Ln
Kalispell, MT
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Radiology

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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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