Myelogram

A Myelogram is a test to check problems with your spinal canal, a tunnel-like structure in your spine that holds your spinal cord. A myelogram uses x-ray or computed tomography (CT) to create pictures of your spinal canal.

Preparation

  • You will be contacted by the department for an interview prior to your exam. You will also need blood work (PT/PTT) prior to your test.
  • If you are currently taking any blood thinner (Coumadin, Aspirin, Lovenox, Plavix), you need to stop it five days prior to exam and inform your doctor.
  • Bring a list of your current medications.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to procedure time. 
    • For Macomb Hospital patients: Arrive 60 minutes prior to procedure time.

Procedure

  • X-rays of your spine will be taken.
  • Your lower back will be cleaned, covered with drapes and injected with a numbing medication.
  • Contrast fluid will be injected into your spinal canal and a small amount of spinal fluid may be withdrawn.
  • Additional x-rays will be taken.
  • If you need a CT test, it will follow the x-rays.
  • This procedure will take about one hour, but plan on being at the hospital most of the day for post procedure recovery. 
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