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A myelogram is an injection of contrast media into the spinal canal. Special X-rays are then taken of the contrast media. Myelograms are performed to help the physician diagnose slipped discs, spinal cord tumors and other abnormalities of the spinal column.

Things You Need to Know to Prepare for your Exam:

  • The physician will meet with you before your study.

    You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have at that time.

  • You must discontinue using aspirin or blood thinners 3 days in

    advance of the procedure. You may take other medications as usual.

  • You will check in at the Procedure Center/Surgical Area.

  • You will be asked to wear a hospital gown for the procedure.

  • The radiologist and technologist(s) will be in the room with you during the study.
  • You will be asked to lie on your stomach when the exam begins.

  • The radiologist will use an antiseptic to wash your lower back area. After numbing a spot on your lower back with a local anesthetic, a spinal needle will be inserted and contrast material will be injected into the spinal canal. During this procedure, you will be asked to assume different positions on the X-ray table and may be tilted downward or upward on the table so different views of the spinal canal may be seen.

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Patient Instructions: Myelogram