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  • Myelography

    Myelography is a diagnostic procedure that provides detailed images of the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues.

    During myelography, a contrast agent is injected into the spinal column and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) scans are taken. The contrast agent outlines the spinal cord and can help show areas where the spine is narrowed or compressed.

    General anesthesia or a mild sedative may be used to make the procedure more comfortable.

    What is Myelography used for?

    Myelography can be used to diagnose various problems with the spine, including:

    • Spinal tumors
    • Herniated discs (discs that bulge and compress nerves and/or the spinal cord)
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Blood vessel abnormalities (vascular malformations)
    • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine due to degeneration, disease, or trauma)
    • Injury of spinal nerve roots
    • Infection or inflammation of tissues around the spinal cord
    • Cysts
    Am I a good candidate for Myelography?

    You may be a good candidate for myelography if you have symptoms of a spinal disorder. Your doctor may recommend other diagnostic tests if you have had allergic reactions to contrast agents in the past or if you are pregnant.

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    Call 1-800-227-7691

    • Date of last review: January 6, 2017

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