What is cervical discography? | Dr. Andrew Cash, MD Las Vegas, Nevada
Cervical discs can be likened to soft pads. They separate the hard bones in your spine. If one of these discs becomes painful by bulging, tearing, or herniation, discography can help determine the exact source of the pain. This procedure is usually only completed after MRIs, CT scans, x-rays or other tests have been performed to see if other structures in your spine were the cause of pain. It’s usually done on individuals with serious pain that are considering surgery on their back.
Discography is a very helpful, simple procedure that uses a needle with contrast dye. It is injected into the disc in question and if the injection produces pain after the dye is inserted, it’s usually determined that the specific disc is your source of pain. If it doesn’t cause any pain, it’s probably not the problem area. This procedure is a very effective way to find out the root cause of back pain and although not always necessary, it is a great investigational tool. Once the problem disc is diagnosed, you may need to have a CT scan in order for the physician to get a better look at it and determine your best treatment options.
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