Myelography Procedure in Dallas, TX

Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a trusted provider of myelography procedure. With state-of-the-art technology at our imaging center in Dallas and experienced radiologists, they can perform this procedure with precision and accuracy to help provide an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Radiologists have a wide variety of techniques and methods available to assist physicians during their diagnostic testing process. Not every medical condition is easily identifiable, which makes imaging tests like the myelogram incredibly useful and important for a patient’s wellbeing.

What Is a Myelogram?

A myelogram is completed using a combination of contrast dye and X-rays and computerized tomography (CT) scan. When utilizing X-ray technology during a myelogram, many X-ray images are taken at once in order to produce a real-time representation of the body. This particular method is referred to as fluoroscopy.

When a Myelogram May Be Used

A physician will likely order a myelogram if the patient experiences unexplained symptoms associated with their spinal cord or nerve roots. This test is particularly common amongst those with problems related to the spine such as:

  • A herniated disc
  • Tumors or cysts along the spine
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Spinal nerve compression
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Degeneration of the spinal bones or tissues
  • Arthritic discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Infection or inflammation of spinal tissues
  • Spinal stenosis

Magnetic resonance imaging, also known as MRI, is also commonly used for these types of medical conditions. Unfortunately, MRI is not a suitable option for every single individual, making a myelogram an excellent alternative for most.

What to Expect During the Test

The contrast dye must be injected prior to the X-rays or CT scan. This dye is injected into the spinal canal using a spinal needle to help our radiologists clearly view the patient’s spinal column, nerve roots, meninges, subarachnoid space, and spinal cord. X-rays and CT scan is used simultaneously to record images of these structures, which will later be reviewed by the primary physician for further insights.

Patients remain conscious throughout the duration of the test. A numbing agent will be applied prior to the contrast dye injection. Individuals are typically positioned on their stomach for a myelogram to provide the clearest visual of the spine, and will be asked to hold this position for approximately 15 minutes while the procedure is carried out. Once our radiologists has sufficient documentation using X-rays and perhaps also a CT scan, the patient will be monitored briefly before being able to return home.

Follow Up Care

It is beneficial for individuals to avoid strenuous activity in the first couple of days after a myelogram. Our radiologists will send a report to your physician once the diagnostic images have been thoroughly reviewed. The goal is for this examination to provide helpful insights into the next step of the patient’s treatment, or to determine how well an applied treatment method is working.

If you experience any of the following symptoms soon after your myelogram, please contact Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center at (214) 345-6905 immediately as they may be signs of a rare yet serious complication:

  • Nausea
  • Severe headache
  • Lasting numbness of the legs or lower back
  • A fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Vomiting