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Stephen Pripstein, MD
(215) 441-8770
2400 Maryland Rd
Willow Grove, PA
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Radiology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Abington Mem Hosp, Abington, Pa
Group Practice: Ft Washington Radiological Assoc

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Jere Francis Seelaus, MD
(215) 576-2050
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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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

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Jeffrey Charles Pan, MD
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1994

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Paul Allen Urffer, MD
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1961

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Lawrence M Neustadter, DO
(215) 823-6314
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1981

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Anthony James Miller, MD
(215) 657-1626
Willow Grove, PA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med, Cincinnati Oh 45267
Graduation Year: 2000

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Jennifer Villa Frabizzio, MD
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1995

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Mihaela V Vava, MD
(215) 481-2087
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Fac De Med Generala Din Craiova, Craiova, Romania
Graduation Year: 1993

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Jerome Jacobstein
(215) 481-2000
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
Specialty
Nuclear Medicine

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Philip Shueyin Lim, MD
1200 Old York Rd
Abington, PA
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Radiology
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1994

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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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