What is a myelography (myelogram) used for?

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 doctor to use a 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 doctor the power to clearly view the nerves and spinal structure in real time and also take still images to diagnose any abnormalities. Read on to learn about the function of myelography in determining your debilitating neck or back conditions as well as the next step to finding lasting relief upon receiving your diagnosis.

What can myelography do for me?

A myelogram is a tool your doctor can use to detect a number of different spinal conditions that may be causing your neck or back pain and other symptoms. These can include:

  • Bulging 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 and tingling in your neck or back.
  • 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 throughout your body, such as in the neck, back, arms and legs.

Diagnosing your chronic neck or back condition with a myelogram

Myelography is a diagnostic tool and can help your doctor determine if spinal stenosis, bone spurs, a pinched nerve or another issue is causing your neck or back pain. 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 chronic neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today.

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back conditions diagnosed with tools such as a myelogram. Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures. Reach out to our dedicated team today so we can help guide you through your journey to wellness.