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Myelogram

A myelogram is a test to check problems with your spinal canal, a tunnel-like structure in your spine that holds your spinal cord. A myelogram uses X-ray or computed tomography (CT) to create pictures of your spinal canal.

Technician and patient
The exam table may be tilted during the x-ray.

Before Your Test

  • Don't eat the morning of the test, but you can drink water or other clear fluids.

  • If instructed, stop taking medications before the test.

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home.

Tell the health care provider if you:

  • Are pregnant or think you may be

  • Have any bleeding problems

  • Take blood thinners (anticoagulants) or other medications, including aspirin

  • Have had back surgery or low-back pain

  • Have any allergies

During Your Test

  • You will change into a hospital gown.

  • X-rays of your spine will be taken.

  • Your lower back will be cleaned, covered with drapes, and injected with a numbing medication.

  • Contrast fluid will be injected into your spinal canal and a small amount of spinal fluid may be withdrawn.

  • Additional x-rays will be taken.

  • If you need a CT test, it will follow the x-rays.

Call Your Doctor If:

  • You have a headache that lasts 2 days or more

  • You have a fever

  • You have lasting pain in your back, or tingling in your groin or legs

After Your Test

  • Take it easy for the rest of the day, as advised.

  • Lie down with your head raised if you get a headache, or if instructed to do so.

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment.

Publication Source: Radiological Society of North America

Publication Source: SpineUniverse.com

Online Source: Radiological Society of North America

Online Source: SpineUniverse.com

Date Last Reviewed: 2004-06-29T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

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