This test produces images of the spinal cord and nerve roots after a dye is injected into the fluid-filled space that surrounds the spinal cord.
A myelogram (also called myelography) is a test that produces clear images of the spinal cord and nerve roots. The images are obtained after a dye is injected into the fluid-filled space that surrounds the spinal cord. When a myelogram is followed by a CT scan it is called a CT myelogram, which provides better visualization of the lumbar spine (lower back), including:
A myelogram may be used when:
This care path includes the costs of a myelogram and CT scan of the lumbar spine.
Your healthcare provider may recommend a myelogram if you have:
You may also need a myelogram if a previous MRI or CT scan did not determine the cause of your symptoms.
Prior to the procedure, tell your doctor about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about other specific instructions to follow before and after the procedure. These include:
Even if you are awake during the test, you will not be allowed to drive home after your myelogram. Do not forget to arrange for transportation to and from the facility.
This care path's costs include the facility charges (the test or procedure) plus the physician charges (interpreting the test or performing the procedure). You may get separate bills for the facility and physician charges.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?
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