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Kevin Gude Ryan, MD
(530) 666-1631
2000 Pepperell Pkwy
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1959

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William Frazier Russell IV, MD
(601) 984-6440
121 N 20th St Ste 2
Opelika, AL
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1969

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Chandana Lall, MD
(318) 675-5000
1514 Vernon Rd
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Med Scis, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Eugene Roy Long, MD
(706) 882-8831
303 Smith St
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1977

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Rodolfo Celis, MD
(703) 884-2371
210 W Battle St
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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Joseph Edward Bass
(706) 884-2371
406 Ridley Ave
Lagrange, GA
Specialty
Radiology

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Richard Freeman
(706) 845-3920
111 Medical Dr
Lagrange, GA
Specialty
Radiology

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Joseph Edward Bass, MD
(334) 756-5192
501 E Haralson St
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1988

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Lloyd Clifford Brewton, MD
(404) 882-8831
303 Smith St
Lagrange, GA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
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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