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Lester Clyde Willis, MD
(662) 489-5593
PO Box 507
Ecru, MS
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1953

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Marshall Gray Edmondson
(662) 620-7101
620 Crossover Road
Tupelo, MS
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William Chase Henson
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Tupelo, MS
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Dr.Richard Arriola
(662) 842-1758
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Tupelo, MS
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med
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Radiologist
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Vernon W Barrow
(662) 620-7101
620 Crossover Road
Tupelo, MS
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Christoph A Bergmann, MD
(662) 842-1758
4934 Pecan Dr
Belden, MS
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Radiology
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1994

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William Kirk Haney, MD
(662) 842-1758
830 S Gloster St
Tupelo, MS
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Radiology
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Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1991

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Douglas Earl Clark Jr, MD
(662) 842-1758
830 S Gloster St
Tupelo, MS
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Radiology, General Practice
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1971

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Jeffrey Carlton Howard
(662) 620-7102
620 Crossover Road
Tupelo, MS
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Daniel Lynton Brasfield, MD
(662) 842-1758
830 S Gloster St
Tupelo, MS
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
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Male
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Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1968

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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.

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