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Myelogram

Myelogram imaging exams in St. Louis

Description

A myelogram is a very detailed picture of the spinal cord, the nerve roots and the meninges. The meninges are the membranes which surround and cover the spinal cord and nerve roots. The myelogram is produced by an imaging examination called myelography which involves the introduction of a spinal needle into the spinal canal and the injection of contrast material in the space around the spinal cord and nerve roots using a form of x-ray called fluoroscopy. X-rays are noninvasive medical tests that helps to diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce the myelogram. The contrast material allows the radiologist to view and evaluate the status of the spinal cord, the nerve roots and the meninges.

Imaging Areas

spine, bone

Typical Preparations

Do not eat anything six hours before your exam. Drink clear liquids up until 30 minutes before your exam. Follow any pre-exam instructions – if given to you. Please let us know if you: Are pregnant or might be pregnant Are allergic to iodine or have ever had an adverse allergic reaction to contrast dyes Have a history of seizures Have a history of bleeding disorders


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