The Wait Is Over

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Some good news to end this day of craziness. I will get my CT Myelogram done this coming Tuesday, April 24th @ 9:30am. I have to be there at 8am and then have to stay there lying flat for 6 hours after the procedure. It will be difficult for me to lay flat on my back period, but 6 hours could be insane. However, I’m thrilled to finally be getting some clear images of my back and nerves. This day has been long awaited for a procedure I know I can do despite any metal inside of me!

What is a Myelogram?

A myelogram is an invasive diagnostic test that uses x-rays to examine the spinal canal. A special dye is injected into the spinal canal through a hollow needle. An x-ray fluoroscope then records the images formed by the dye. Myelograms can show conditions affecting the spinal cord and nerves within the spinal canal.

How does a myelogram work?

Regular x-rays of the spine only give a clear picture of bones. The dye (contrast agent) used in a myelogram shows up white on the x-ray allowing the doctor to view the spinal cord, exiting nerves, and canal in detail. The doctor inserts a hollow needle through your skin into the spinal canal. The dye is injected into the space surrounding the spinal cord and nerve roots. This dye is radiopaque, meaning it’s impenetrable by x-ray. Then x-rays and/or a CT scan are done. The scan can see fine details and can tell your doctor how your bones are affecting your nerves.

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