A myelogram is a procedure used to help diagnose the cause of spinal problems by injecting a contrast agent into the spinal canal to make various tissues more easily visible to the radiologist. A myelogram facilitates more accurate diagnosis of your condition and aids in treatment recommendations.

What To Expect

A myelogram takes about 45 minutes. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area where a needle will be inserted into the spinal canal to inject a contrast agent containing iodine. We use the safest non-ionic contrast material available in the lowest doses possible for diagnosis. After the myelogram, we use Computed Tomography (CT) to further study the spine and focus on specific areas of concern to your physician.

After your myelogram procedure and CT, you will need to remain at our facility for about an hour and a half to ensure that there are no complications resulting from your exam.

The radiologist and technologist will be happy to answer any questions you may have before beginning the procedure.

Patient Preparation

  • If you are taking any type of blood thinners, you must not take them for three days before your exam — but be sure to speak with your physician before stopping any medications.
  • We recommend that you eat a light breakfast, as you will be lying face down during the procedure.
  • If you are taking any type of antidepressant or antipsychotic medication, you must not take it on the day of the exam and for 24 hours after the exam.
  • You must bring a driver to take you home after the exam.