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Erik Pingoud, MD
(203) 934-4482
687 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Eberhard-Karls-Univ, Med Fak, Tubingen, Germany (407-19 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1969

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Pradeep K Varma
(203) 937-3417
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT
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Neuroradiology

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Michelle Carino
(203) 932-5711
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology

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Caridad Fuertes, MD
(203) 346-8481
687 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1989

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William Fredric Rosner, MD
(856) 424-4393
755 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Virtua Health -Marlton, Marlton, Nj
Group Practice: South Jersey Radiology Assoc

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Jose Antonio Obando, MD
203-932-5711 x3264
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Ali Reza Niakosari, MD
203-932-5711 x7485
950 Campbell Ave Bldg FL1
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1996

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Antonio Obando
(203) 932-5711
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine

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Marcelo Spector, MD
203-932-5711 x2940
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Male
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Caroline Rix Taylor, MD
(203) 937-3842
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
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Radiology
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Female
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Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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