Discography

Discography is an imaging test. It involves injecting a contrast material into a disc in the spine and taking an x-ray . An x-ray is a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body. The contrast material helps the disc appear more clearly on the x-ray.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Severe pain
    • Numbness in your legs
    • Trouble urinating or moving your bowels

    • Symptoms of allergic reaction (eg,
      hives
      , itching, nausea, swollen or itchy eyes, tight throat, difficulty breathing)
    • Worsening of your symptoms

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Discography is an imaging test. It involves injecting a contrast material into a disc in the spine and taking an
    x-ray
    .
    An x-ray is a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body. The contrast material helps the disc appear more clearly on the x-ray.

    Herniated Lumbar Disc
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test


    This test is used to detect if a
    herniated disc
    or otherwise abnormal disc is a source of pain. Discs are small, circular cushions between the vertebrae (bones) in the spine. A herniated disc occurs when a disc in the spine bulges from its proper place. Herniated discs can press on the nerves and cause severe pain. In some cases, they can cause pain themselves, but often an abnormal disc is not painful.

  • Possible Complications


    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have discography, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Disc degeneration
    • Infection
    • Nerve injury
    • Injection of dye into the wrong area
    • Bleeding
    • Allergic reaction to the contrast agent