Magnetic Resonance Imaging Madison AL

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Gregg Delgado, DO
101 Compass Point Dr
Madison, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1990

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Joseph F Schneider Jr, MD
(256) 551-6591
PO Box 1995
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Languages
German
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Comprehensive Cancer Institute

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Joseph Martin Cannon, MD
(256) 233-2158
22281 US Highway 72 Ste B & # C
Athens, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1974

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Darrin Lee Johnson, MD
(256) 539-0457
2006 Franklin St SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1998

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Peter Choate Booher, MD
(256) 539-0457
2006 Franklin St SE Ste 200
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Radiology Of Huntsville

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Joseph C Cosby, MD
500 Sussex Dr SW
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Joseph Martin Cannon
(256) 233-2158
22281 Us Hwy 72 E
Athens, AL
Specialty
Radiology, Pediatric Radiology, Neuroradiology

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Richard John Coleman, MD
(256) 539-0457
2006 Franklin St SE Ste 200
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1992

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Lynda L Hon, MD
1904 Parkhill Rd SE
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Noel C Estopinal, MD
(256) 265-6590
1 Hospital Dr SW Ste 100
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Comprehensive Cancer Institute

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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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