Magnetic Resonance Imaging Waterloo IA

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Vandana Jain, MD
(319) 272-2800
200 E Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Covenant Med Ctr, Waterloo, Ia; Allen Mem Hosp, Waterloo, Ia; Covenant Med Ctr-Kimball Fac, Waterloo, Ia
Group Practice: Clinical Radiologists

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Walter Benton Prentice, MD
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1956

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Alan John Tanner, MD
(712) 277-4575
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dietrich A Gerhardt, MD
(563) 359-3949
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1995

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John Ireland Halloran
(319) 235-3716
1825 Logan Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialty
Radiology

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Mary Jane Betterman, MD
(402) 559-5326
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1982

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Oscar K Lanich, MD
2131 Easley St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Donald Glenn Parkhurst, MD
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1962

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Robert V Filippone, DO
3421 W 9th St
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1999

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Greg Evan Raecker, DO
(319) 833-6001
1753 W Ridgeway Ave
Waterloo, IA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1980

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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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