Our paralysis lawyer in San Diego know full well the importance of proper testing when doctors are diagnosing patients after a personal injury, especiallyafter a seriousspinal cord injury. Luckily, there are a variety of tests that can be performed like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed topography (CT) scans.Anotherspinal cord injury treatment optionfor our clients is a myelogram.Myelography is an imaging examination that shows the passage of contrast material, a dye or other substance that helps show abnormal areas inside the body, in the space around the spinal cord (the subarachnoid space) and nerve roots using a real-time form of x-ray called fluoroscopy.When the contrast material is injected into the subarachnoid space, the radiologist is able to view and evaluate the status of the spinal cord, nerve roots, and intervertebral disks. By this means, myelography provides a very detailed picture (myelogram) of the spinal cord and spinal column.The radiologist views the passage of contrast material as it is flowing using fluoroscopy but also may take permanent non-moving (x-rays) of the contrast material around the spinal cord and nerve roots in order to document abnormalities. In many cases, the myelogram is followed by a computed tomography (CT) scan to better define abnormalities.
When Might My Doctor Order A Myelogram?Myelography is most commonly used to detect abnormalities of the spinal cord, the spinal canal, the spinal nerve roots and the blood vessels that supply the spinal cord, including:
- Showing herniations of the material between the vertebral bodies are pushing on nerve roots or the spinal cord.
- Depicting a condition that often accompanies degeneration of the bones and soft tissues surrounding the spinal canal (spinal stenosis). In this condition, the spinal canal narrows as the surrounding tissues enlarge due to the development of bone spurs and the adjacent ligaments.