SPINAL SURGERY

in Hull and East Yorkshire

GEORGE SPINK FRCS (Neurosurg.) BSc Hons

 

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Myelogram

A myelogram uses a special dye injected into the spinal canal under local anaesthetic followed by a series of x-rays and / or CT scans. The dye spreads through the fluid around the spinal cord and nerves, showing any areas of blockage. To encourage the dye to flow around the nerves the Radiologist carrying out this test may ask you to move into different positions. 

 

It is usually used where a patient cannot have an MRI scan due to a metal implant, or where previous surgery distorts the MRI images making the picture unclear.

There is a small risk associated with this investigation as it involves an injection into the spinal canal. It is usually carries out as an in-patient procedure, with an overnight stay afterwards. Some patients may have a headache for a day or so after the test. This is quite normal and will usually settle within a day. 


MRI


CT Scan


Myelogram


Dynamic X-ray

 


Neurophysiology