Visualing details of the spine
A myelogram is an imaging procedure that produces real time X-ray images of the spine using a technique called fluoroscopy. Myelograms can be performed on one of three sections of the spine—cervical, thoracic, or lumbar—or on all three at once. By injecting contrast material into the spine, doctors can visualize the spinal cord, nerves, and tissues that line the nerves (meninges). Myelography is typically used to evaluate the spine before and after surgery and to detect problems in patients who cannot undergo MRI.
Fluoroscopy is a medical imaging test that uses ionizing radiation (X-rays) to obtain images of structures inside the body. The images can then be viewed on a monitor in real time. Many structures, such as bone or a part of the body filled with contrast, can be examined with fluoroscopy.
In most cases, MRI is the exam of choice when evaluating spine abnormalities. Due to the strong magnetic field, some patients – like those with implanted medical devices – cannot undergo MRI. In these cases, myelography is a safe alternative. In other cases, myelogram is used when MRI does not provide enough detail about a spinal abnormality.
Conditions that can be evaluated by myelogram include:
Your medical team may work with ARA’s radiologists to schedule the procedure at an ARA fluoroscopy suite or a local hospital. You can also schedule at (512) 453-6100.
Your medical status and results of your myelogram will be reviewed with you by your medical provider who will discuss the results with you. Your ARA procedure report will be available on the patient portal within 15 days.
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