Magnetic Resonance Imaging Middleton WI

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Philip Randall Carlson, MD
(608) 263-8359
5610 Sandhill Dr
Middleton, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn 55905
Graduation Year: 1979

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Douglas Paul Caldwell, MD
8202 Excelsior Dr
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1997

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Sally Teresa Mc Kinnon, MD
(608) 833-7727
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1991

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Pamela Ann Propeck, MD
(608) 263-8359
8202 Excelsior Dr
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1986

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Martin Edward Morin
(608) 280-7070
2500 Overlook Ter
Madison, WI
Specialty
Radiology

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Andrew Bernard Crummy, MD
(608) 836-1915
Middleton, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Wi Hospital & Clinics, Madison, Wi

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Richard John Blank, MD
(218) 365-7900
451 Junction Rd
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1964

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Sonia Valdivia, MD
(801) 581-2369
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1988

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Christopher J Kelley
(608) 280-7070
2500 Overlook Ter
Madison, WI
Specialty
Radiology

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James Louis Hinshaw, MD
Madison, WI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 2000

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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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