Myelography

This is an imaging test that uses a special contrast material to view the spinal cord. The contrast material used in the x-ray can help your doctor clearly outline the space containing the spinal cord and nerves.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Leakage of fluid from the puncture site
    • Headache lasting more than 24 hours
    • Excessive nausea or vomiting
    • Neck stiffness
    • 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


    This is an imaging test that uses a special contrast material to view the spinal cord. The contrast material used in the
    x-ray can help your doctor clearly outline the space containing the spinal cord and nerves.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    This is used to detect problems in and around the spinal cord, such as:

    • Spinal tumors
    • Herniated disks
    • Narrowing of the spinal canal

  • Possible Complications


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

    • Headache
    • Allergic reaction to the contrast
    • Bleeding
    • Inflamed or infected spinal cord