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Jon Perley Pitman, MD
(207) 861-3074
200 Kennedy Memorial Dr
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1968

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Paul D Gagliardi
(207) 872-1000
149 North St
Waterville, ME
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Radiology

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Johannes Hendrik Jordaan
(207) 872-1000
149 North St
Waterville, ME
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Radiology

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Paul Dodge Gagliardi, MD
(207) 872-1230
149 North St
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1984

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Zaki Nashed
(207) 872-1000
149 North St
Waterville, ME
Specialty
Radiology, Interventional Radiology

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Jonathan J Hallenbeck, MD
(207) 872-1230
107 Mayflower Hill Dr
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1984

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Stephen Howard Eccher, MD
(207) 861-3070
470 Main St
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Sebasticook Valley Hospital, Pittsfield, Me; Maine General Hospital, Waterville, Me
Group Practice: Inland Hospitals

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Robin M Wood, MD
(207) 872-1230
149 North St
Waterville, ME
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1976

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Jonathan J Hallenbeck
(207) 872-1000
149 North St
Waterville, ME
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Radiology

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Michael S Berry
(207) 873-0729
149 North St
Waterville, ME
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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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