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Michael Anthony Rowley
(575) 762-5955
107 W Manana Blvd
Clovis, NM
Specialty
Radiology

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William R Burge, MD
819 Parkland Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1981

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Joanna Ruth Fair, MD
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 2003

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Brian Keewon Chang, MD
(505) 256-6425
1501 San Pedro Dr SE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 2002

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David L Harr
(505) 262-7000
5400 Gibson Blvd Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Radiology

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Rufus J Mark, MD
(619) 230-0400
2219 Million Street
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1986

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Michael Anthony Rowley, MD
(505) 762-5955
305 Pile St
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Plains Reg Med Ctr, Clovis, Nm
Group Practice: J R Radiology

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Peggie Ann Findlay, MD
(970) 385-4746
4901 Lang Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1978

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Christopher G Bauman, MD
2211 Lomas Boulevard North East,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1999

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Steven C Eberhardt
(505) 272-2269
1650 University Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
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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