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Charles Edward Bickham Jr, MD
(301) 345-0406
200 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1946

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Sumit Mehta, MD
2873 Blue Jay Way
Lafayette, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Buffalo Sch Of Med & Biomedical Sci, Buffalo Ny 14214
Graduation Year: 1998

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Matthew Haynes Blomquist, MD
(303) 440-2170
36 Garden Ctr
Broomfield, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1991

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Paul David King, MD
(303) 466-1234
36 Garden Ctr
Broomfield, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1983

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Kenneth D Moorhead, MD
7376 Windsor Dr
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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John W Grudis
(303) 689-4167
280 Exempla Cir
Lafayette, CO
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Radiology

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Courtney Ann Chupik, MD
(505) 272-0932
1697 High Plains Ct
Superior, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 2003

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Brian Lucien Burke, MD
(303) 427-8000
14150 Doral Ct
Broomfield, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1995

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Doug Pfeiffer, MS
(720) 854-7515
PO Box 9047
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Roger Dale Nichols II, MD
(303) 938-3437
5390 Muirfield Ct
Boulder, CO
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Boulder Comm Hosp, Boulder, Co
Group Practice: Boulder Radiologists Inc; Boulder Radiologists Inc Pc

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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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