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John James Smith, MD
(202) 636-3638
555 13th St NW
Washington, DC
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1992

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Harry Cody Press, MD
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
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Radiology
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1957

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Kermit P Crowder
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
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Radiology

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Glenn Selman, MD
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
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Radiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Soon Kyung Lee Kim, MD
1900 Massachusetts Ave SE
Washington, DC
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Korea Univ Coll Of Med, Chong-No-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1961

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Leonidas Harisiadis, MD
(202) 715-4907
2300 7 Street,
Washington, DC
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Radiology, Radiation Oncology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Athens, Fac Med, Sch Of Hlth Sci, Nat'L & Kapodistrian, Athens
Graduation Year: 1966

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Barbara Britt Waters, MD
(703) 670-1561
641 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1978

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James S Teal
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
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Radiology

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Roma Valerie Gumbs, MD
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1974

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Errol S Lloyd
(202) 865-1571
2041 Georgia Ave Nw
Washington, DC
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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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