A Myelogram is an exam that can be performed with either an X-ray or CT-Scan, and a special dye as the contrast material. The purpose of a Myelogram is to take pictures of the bone and fluid-filled space between the bones in your spinal canal. Myelograms are usually performed to take a look at a tumor, an infection, herniated discs, or narrowing of the spine caused by arthritis. The spinal canal contains the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots, and subarachnoid space. The dye is put into the subarachnoid space with a very thin needle. A CT-Scan typically follows the injection.
The preparation for a Myelogram is mostly done prior to your appointment and there will be some post-procedure recommendations. Do not take pain medication 6 hours prior to the procedure time and you must be off anticoagulants 7 days prior to the procedure. If you have questions about your medication, please contact your doctor. No solid food 6 hours prior to the procedure. You may be asked to change into a gown for your Myelogram. You can anticipate a post procedure stay of up to 2 hours. You must have a driver to pick you up from your procedure. You will be encouraged to rest and lie in bed for 24 hours after the procedure.