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Lawrence J Israel
(703) 670-1561
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
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Radiology

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Palani Rathinasamy
(703) 670-1561
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
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Radiology

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Leslie E Forer, MD
(301) 982-5822
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1984

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Norbertina L Banson
(703) 670-1561
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
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Radiology

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Scot A Le Bolt, MD
(804) 786-9000
2200 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Medical College Of Virginia Ho, Richmond, Va
Group Practice: Assn Of Alexandria Radiologist; Association Of Alexandra Radiologists Pc; Association Of Alexandria Radiologists Pc; Computed Tomography Center; Mri Associates Of Virginia; Radiolog

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Rodolfo Avelino Lopez, MD
(713) 948-0600
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Bellaire Med Ctr, Houston, Tx; Bayshore Med Ctr, Pasadena, Tx
Group Practice: Alliance Radiology

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Robert A Olshaker
(703) 670-1561
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialty
Radiology, Interventional Radiology

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Palanichamy Rathinasamy, MD
2300 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Madurai Med Coll, Madurai Univ, Madurai, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Susan E Boylan, MD
(703) 670-3349
2296 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Va
Group Practice: Potomac Radiation Oncology Ctr

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Deborah Nibley Blair, MD
(703) 751-7200
220 Opitz Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Specialties
Radiology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge, Va; Inova Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Va
Group Practice: Assn Of Alexandria Radiologist; Association Of Alexandra Radiologists Pc; Association Of Alexandria Radiologists Pc; Computed Tomography Center; Mri A

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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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