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John Dale Howard, MD
(704) 362-1945
161 Mount Pelia Rd
Martin, TN
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1985

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Jeffrey Thomas Triplett
(731) 884-8611
1201 Bishop St
Union City, TN
Specialty
Radiology, Radiation Oncology

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George J Heard
(931) 388-1286
1224 Trotwood Ave
Columbia, TN
Specialty
Radiology

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James Burton Godchaux Jr, MD
Nashville, TN
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1999

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William Howard Whisnant, MD
(423) 968-1144
3053 W State St
Bristol, TN
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1973

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Harold Edward Butler, MD
(216) 844-3118
1109 E Reelfoot Ave
Union City, TN
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1975

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John D Chandler
(877) 459-2290
2000 Holiday Ln
Fulton, KY
Specialty
Radiology

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Meng C Vang, MD
877 Jefferson Ave
Memphis, TN
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1990

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Patricia A Lowry
(423) 778-5920
975 E 3rd St
Chattanooga, TN
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Radiology

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Monroe A Broome
(865) 525-9414
301 Clark St
Knoxville, TN
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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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