Magnetic Resonance Imaging Talladega AL

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Larry Houston Barksdale, MD
(205) 249-8511
4869 Plant Rd
Alpine, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1965

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Vanessa C Ortiz, MD
(512) 327-3848
2805 Dr John Haynes Dr
Pell City, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1994

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William C Finlay, MD
1201 Indian Hills Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert Burton Mardre Jr, MD
(334) 705-1156
121 N 20th St Bldg Ste 17 Medical Arts Center
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1960
Hospital
Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al
Group Practice: Alabama Imaging

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Rod G Krentel
(251) 414-5665
3719 Dauphin St
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Radiology, Radiation Oncology

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Thomas Roy Cochran, MD
(205) 871-1756
157 Franklin Rd
Cropwell, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1969
Hospital
Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al

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David Abraham Azar, MD
Childersburg, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1954

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Keith Thomas Chesser, MD
(205) 481-7783
1088 9th Ave SW
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1991

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Michelle Lavonne Robbin, MD
(205) 934-7978
619 19th St S JTN358,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn 55905
Graduation Year: 1985

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Samuel F Crabtree, MD
(256) 236-0144
534 Hillyer High Rd
Anniston, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1950
Hospital
Hospital: N E Alabama Reg Med Ctr, Anniston, Al

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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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