Myelography, also known as a Myelogram
Myelography is a type of imaging examination, also known as a myelogram, which involves injecting contrast dye into the space around your spinal cord and nerve roots. The contrast dye allows your physician to use a form of x-ray called fluoroscopy to view and assess the status of your nerve roots, spinal cord and other spinal structures to determine if there are any problems causing your neck or back pain. Myelograms give your physician the power to clearly view, in real time, the nerves and spinal structure and also take still images to diagnose any abnormalities.
What can myelography do for me?
A myelogram is a tool your physician can use to detect a number of different spinal conditions that may be causing your back pain and other symptoms. These can include:
- Bulging discs or herniated discs – The spongy, pressure-absorbing bodies between your vertebrae can deform and degenerate naturally over time, eventually placing pressure on your spinal cord or nerve roots. This can result in pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and more in your neck, back and other areas of your body.
- Spinal stenosis – This condition is a result of a gradual narrowing of the spinal canal that your spinal cord and nerve roots travel through. This narrowing can eventually compress the spinal cord or nerves and cause pain in your neck, back, arms, legs and more.
Myelography is a diagnostic tool and can help your physician determine if spinal stenosis, bone spurs, a pinched nerve or another issue is causing your back pain or other symptoms. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on which spinal condition you’re diagnosed with, but if you’d like to learn about minimally invasive outpatient procedures that may be able to help you find meaningful relief from neck and back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.