Magnetic Resonance Imaging North Providence RI

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Nicholas D Iannuccilli, MD
(401) 353-1600
1515 Smith St
North Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Bologna, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Bologna, Italy
Graduation Year: 1969

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Mark R Shafer
(401) 273-7100
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI
Specialty
Radiology

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Yvette Bailey
(401) 273-7100
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI
Specialty
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology

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Stephen R Ellin
(401) 456-4215
200 High Service Ave
North Providence, RI
Specialty
Radiology

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Don Chan Yoo, MD
1 Randall Sq
Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1998

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Alan Howard Epstein, MD
50 Maude St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1982

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William Michael Colaiace, MD
(401) 456-2204
825 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1962

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Martha Beretta Mainiero, MD
(401) 444-5184
1 Randall Sq
Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1989

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Warren W Bovie
(401) 456-4215
200 High Service Ave
North Providence, RI
Specialty
Radiology

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Kathleen Mary Mc Carten, MD
(401) 444-6883
1 Randall Sq
Providence, RI
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Boston Med Ctr/Harrison, Boston, Ma; Women & Infants Hospital Of R, Providence, Ri

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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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