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Homer V Hartzell, MD, FACR
101 Kanani Rd Apt 315
Kihei, HI
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Radiology
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Geoffrey A Fricker, MD
390 Kualono Pl
Kihei, HI
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Radiology
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Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1945

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Bruce Scott Lepolstat, MD
(808) 878-3263
Kula, HI
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Libre De Bruxelles, Fac De Med Et De Pharm, Bruxelles,
Graduation Year: 1977

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Christopher Alan Neal
(808) 877-6402
53 S Puunene Ave Ste 115
Kahului, HI
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Radiology

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David Joseph Heeney
(808) 877-6402
53 S Puunene Ave Ste 115
Kahului, HI
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Karen Lee Downard, MD
(808) 874-8691
Kihei, HI
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1981

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Lundie Dahlfleming Robb, MD
(808) 242-6464
1106 Holopuni Rd
Kula, HI
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lee E Miyasato
(808) 877-6402
53 S Puunene Ave Ste 115
Kahului, HI
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Lee Eiji Miyasato, MD
(808) 877-6402
53 Puunene Ave Ste 115
Kahului, HI
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1990

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Ronald M Boyd
(808) 877-6402
53 S Puunene Ave Ste 115
Kahului, HI
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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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