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Elena Eustaquio Icayan
(509) 546-2318
520 N 4th Ave
Pasco, WA
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Nuclear Medicine

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John William Meyer, MD
7221 W Deschutes Ave Ste A
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 1966

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Alan Keith Ford
(509) 586-5779
900 S Auburn Street
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology

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Lon Sidney Welch Jr, MD
7221 W Deschutes Ave Ste A
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1995

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Lon S Welch
(509) 374-4030
7221 W Deschutes Ave
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology

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Michael William Penley, MD
(509) 946-0688
PO Box 5997
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1974

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Clarence B May II, MD
(509) 783-5839
7221 W Deschutes Ave Ste A
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1983

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Richard Jinho Rhee
(509) 586-5945
900 S Auburn Street
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology

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Garry Kimball Dunn, MD
(509) 946-0688
7221 W Deschutes Ave Ste A
Kennewick, WA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1989

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Edmund E Lewis
(509) 586-5838
900 S Auburn St
Kennewick, WA
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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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