DeKalb Medical offers myelogram, a special test most commonly used to detect abnormalities of the spinal cord and canal such as herniations, spinal stenosis, tumors, infection, inflammation and spinal lesions.
A myelogram is a procedure that uses a special dye and X-rays to make pictures of the bones and the fluid-filled space between the bones in your spine. The dye helps produce clearer images of the nerve roots and spinal cord.
A myelogram may be used to find a tumor, an infection, problems with the spine such as a herniated disc or narrowing of the spinal canal caused by arthritis. It also is used to check for the cause of arm or leg numbness or pain and problems with blood vessels to the spine. A myelogram procedure may help find the cause of pain that cannot be detected with other tests such as an MRI. The myelogram procedure will be done in combination with a CT scan.
A radiologist who is specially trained in reviewing your images will promptly analyze your images and provide a report to your physician about the findings of your myelogram procedure. Your physician will share the results of your myelogram with you.
When having a myelogram at DeKalb Medical, you should increase your fluid intake the day prior to your exam. Then after midnight you should not have anything to eat or drink. Continue to fast until your myelogram procedure is complete. If you are a diabetic, ask your physician for special instructions.
It is very important to ask your physician about any medications you are taking because some medicines can interfere with your myelogram.
You will need to have someone drive you home after your procedure. Most myelogram procedures last about one hour, although you need to arrive two hours before your test to register, obtain lab work and complete your medical history. After your procedure is complete you will stay an additional three to four hours for observation.
You will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area where a needle will be inserted into the spinal canal. You may feel pressure or a brief tingling sensation during insertion of the needle.
When the needle is in place, you will be given an injection of contrast material to help the area show up better in the X-rays. Multiple X-rays will be taken, and the X-ray table may be tilted or you may be asked to move in different positions to distribute the contrast material throughout the spinal canal. After your myelogram is complete, a CT scan will be done to get more detailed images of the area.
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A radiologist who is specially trained in reviewing your images will promptly analyze your images and provide a report to your physician about the findings of your myelogram at DeKalb Medical. Your physician will share the results with you.
Your physician will contact DeKalb Medical to schedule your myelogram procedure for you.
If your myelogram will be performed at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, you will go to the hospital’s central registration area.
If your myelogram is being performed at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, go to the hospital’s registration area.