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Jacob Alan Goldenberg, MD
Meritcare Medical Ctr
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Manitoba, Fac Of Med, Winnipeg, Man, Canada
Graduation Year: 1987

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Doris Denice Taylor, MD
(701) 293-9191
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1983

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A Douglas Akinwande, MD
737 Broadway N
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1991

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Philip Carl Wagner, MD
737 Broadway N
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Community Mem Hosp, Lisbon, Nd

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Stephen Patrick Garrity, MD
(701) 234-4961
737 Broadway N
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1990

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Steven L Mitchell, MD
(701) 234-2271
737 Broadway N
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Regional Health Ctr, Detroit Lakes, Mn
Group Practice: Meritcare Medical Group

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Timothy Michael Mahoney, MD
Dakota Clinic/Innovis 3000 32nd Avenue South
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Allegheny Univ Of Hlth Sciences, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 2000

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Tom D Larson, MD
3000 32nd Ave S
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1989

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Eric R Promersberger, MD
(701) 234-2271
Fargo, ND
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dale R Shook
(701) 271-1423
2301 25th St S
Fargo, ND
Specialty
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Neuroradiology

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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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