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Shawn Elizabeth Parnell, MD
Kenmore, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 2001

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Francis W Wessbecher, MD
(253) 383-1099
18702 N Creek Pkwy Ste 212
Bothell, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1984

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Geoffrey Stuart Ferguson, MD
11521 NE 128th St Ste 200
Kirkland, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1974

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Ranjeet Bhagat Singh, MD
(206) 598-6868
11811 NE 128th St
Kirkland, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Monash Univ, Fac Of Med, Clayton, Vic, Australia
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jeffrey David Robinson, MD
(425) 297-6200
11521 NE 128th St Ste 200
Kirkland, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Evergreen Hosp Med Ctr, Kirkland, Wa; Providence Med Ctr, Seattle, Wa; Swedish Med Ctr -Seattle, Seattle, Wa
Group Practice: Radia Medical Imaging

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Brian Richard Kott, MD
Seattle, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1998

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Geoffrey Stuart Ferguson
(425) 899-2000
12040 Ne 128th St
Kirkland, WA
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Interventional Radiology

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Jennifer E Shook
(425) 899-2000
12040 Ne 128th St
Kirkland, WA
Specialty
Radiology

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Todd Lane Kooy, MD
Bothell, WA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 2001

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Harold E Olsson
(425) 899-2000
12040 Ne 128th St
Kirkland, WA
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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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