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James D McDowall
(701) 857-5220
1 Burdick Expy W
Minot, ND
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Mark Warren Whitman, MD
(701) 852-1171
315 Main St S Ste 105
Minot, ND
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Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1978

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Julie Ann McKay
(701) 234-2309
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Fargo, ND
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Fargo, ND
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Robert J Shook
(701) 271-1423
2301 25th St S
Fargo, ND
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology

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Scott Bradford Lewis, MD
(701) 852-1171
315 Main St S Ste 105
Minot, ND
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Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1990

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David Mitchell Burnette, MD
(701) 852-1171
400 E Burdick Expwy
Minot, ND
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Medical School: Univ Of Alberta, Fac Of Med, Edmonton, Alb, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dale Ray Shook, MD
(701) 241-0135
2518 E Country Club Dr S
Fargo, ND
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1972

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Dominic Frank Frecentese, MD
2820 19th Ave S
Grand Forks, ND
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Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1982

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Richard James Marsden, MD
(701) 234-2271
737 Broadway,
Fargo, ND
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Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med, Lubbock Tx 79430
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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