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Richard Allen Edmiston
(775) 356-4900
2375 E Prater Way
Sparks, NV
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Radiology

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Colby Laughlin, MD
(775) 770-3177
590 Eureka Ave
Reno, NV
Specialties
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Reg Medctr, Reno, Nv
Group Practice: Radiology Consultants Ltd

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Thaddeus Alan Laird, MD
(775) 323-5083
590 Eureka Ave
Reno, NV
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1986

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George A Krakora
(775) 982-4160
1155 Mill St
Reno, NV
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Radiology

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Gregory Edward Kenyherz, MD
77 Pringle Way
Reno, NV
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1994

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Randall Allan Pierce
(775) 356-4900
2345 E Prater Way
Sparks, NV
Specialty
Radiology

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Shin Yup Kim, MD
590 Eureka Ave
Reno, NV
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1994

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Timothy Martin
(775) 323-5083
590 Eureka Ave
Reno, NV
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Interventional Radiology

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John Geoffrey Lemieux, MD
(337) 367-1048
85 Kirman Ave
Reno, NV
Specialties
Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1995

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Fredric Martin Boyden, MD
(775) 328-4100
77 Pringle Way
Reno, NV
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1960

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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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