CT (computerized tomography) Myelography is an invasive diagnostic test that uses X-ray technology and advanced computer analysis to examine the spinal canal.
What is CT Myelography?
CT Myelography is performed to check if there are any abnormalities in the spine, spinal cord or the surrounding areas.
CT Myelography is mostly used to project a better image of the spinal cord in patients who are suffering from lumbar spinal stenosis.
The procedure of CT Myelography provides detailed information about the nerve roots and is useful in the detection of back pain.
How is CT Myelography performed?
Following is the procedure for the CT Myelography test:
- The technologist will ask you to lie down on your stomach.
- It is performed in two parts. The first part is the injection, and in the second part, CT is done.
- First, the contrast will be injected into your spinal canal. Then the x-rays will be taken and recorded using the fluoroscopy machine. After that CT will be done to capture the images of the spinal cord.
The whole procedure may take about 1 hour.
Side effects/risks of CT Myelography performed.
Following are some of the risk factors associated with CT Myelography:
- Patients generally experience headache, nausea, and vomiting. It also increases the risk of spinal headaches.
- Pregnant women shouldn’t take this test.
- This test should not be performed on patients suffering from allergies such as diabetes, asthma, kidney problem, and thyroid conditions.
Preparation before performing CT Myelography
Keep the following things in mind before performing CT Myelography:
- Drink as many clear liquids as you can both before and after your examination day.
- Certain prescriptions can increase the risk of seizures. Discuss with your healthcare provider before the procedure.
- Do not eat anything 6 hours before the procedure.
- The procedure might be different for diabetic patients. Discuss it with your healthcare provider.
- Do not wear zippers or clothes with metal objects.
Post-care after CT Myelography
Take rest and drink lots of fluids after the test. Consult with our specialists on mfine for a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.
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