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Dr. Christopher Marquart
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Ct Myelogram (Overview)

A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged.


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What to do if I have a CT myelogram?

What to do if I have a CT myelogram?

Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Marquart
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Ct Myelogram (Overview)

A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged.


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How should I prepare for the CT myelogram?

How should I prepare for the CT myelogram?

Relax: You should do fine. Drink plenty of fluids the night before and avoid Aspirin or other anti-coagulation medications. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: CT myelogram?

What is the definition or description of: CT myelogram?

Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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I hurt my back 1 year ago 4 months ago had a ct/myelogram done shows lat herniation at L5 what can happen if left to long untreated pain is bad now ?

I hurt my back 1 year ago 4 months ago had a ct/myelogram done shows lat herniation at L5 what can happen if left to long untreated pain is bad now ?

Continued pain: If you are having severe pain of one year duration, you may want to discuss your case with a spine surgeon. If you decide to simply live with it, i would expect that your pain may continue. I hope that you are at least trying to maximize all of the available conservative treatment options. Check out spine-health.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is a CT Cisternogram done? I'm having done with a full spine CT Myelogram

It is a CT myelogram: except that you are tilted feet up/head down so that gravity allows the contrast to get into the brain cisterns from the spinal thecal sac. The injection is the same. So, it is a CT myelogram with the addition of an extra manuever and an extra scan. ...Read more

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30 y/o healthy male. Over the past ten years I have had several CT scans: 3 of my head as well as a CT myelogram. Is my cancer risk much higher?

30 y/o healthy male.  Over the past ten years I have had several CT scans: 3 of my head as well as a CT myelogram.  Is my cancer risk much higher?

No: A person's cancer risk is not much higher before or after several CT scans. An individual person's tiny increase in cancer risk is not measurable. Of course, a person should only get x-ray studies if medically needed... to keep one's lifetime radiation exposure lower. ...Read more

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What can be seen on myelogram that you can't see on mri? I have 6 herniated disk shown on mri, but neurosurgeon wants CT myelogram.

What can be seen on myelogram that you can't see on mri?  I have 6 herniated disk shown on mri, but neurosurgeon wants CT myelogram.

CT myelogram: While MRI scans are excellent for visualizing the soft tissues structures around the spine (e.g., discs, nerves, spinal cord), ct scans are generally superior when visualizing the bony structures (e.g., vertebra, facet joints, bone spurs). Mris can also be negatively influenced by either motion and/or metallic artifact. Conversely, ct scans can expose patients to unnecessary ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Ct/myelogram from 2 different doctors 1st shows bulging disc no nerve impingement 2nd shows nerve impingement why did 1st not show the same as 2nd one?

Ct/myelogram from 2 different doctors 1st shows bulging disc no nerve impingement 2nd shows nerve impingement why did 1st not show the same as 2nd one?

Depends: If these were 2 separate ct myelograms (at different times) it is possible that the second one has a new finding. If disc pathology progresses, nerve impingement may develop over time. Alternatively, there is some subjectivity to interpretation of these studies. Some doctors have a lower treshold for calling impingement. It is more important whether this finding fits with your actual symptoms. ...Read more

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I am scheduled to have a ct-myelogram w/contrast. I had a reaction to the contrast material previously. I had a prior reaction. I have a charite artificial disc in my lumbar spine. I have a spinal fusion above and below the disc. L3-l4 are fused with the

"Contrast" : "contrast" is a preparation that is used in medical imaging to increase the visual difference between similar or adjacent tissues. Contrast can be as simple as frothy salt solution, which is useful in some ultrasound studies, or much more complex, such as the gadolinium-containing molecules used for contrast in MRI studies. Ct contrast contains iodine, an element whose properties block x-rays that are used in the ct scanner. Common benign responses to iodine-containing contrast includes flushing (a pretty noticeable sense of warmth) and a metallic taste in the mouth. More profound responses include itching, hives, and swelling in the throat. These are called "anaphylactoid" reactions. The risk of anaphylactoid reactions can be reduced with medications like Diphenhydramine and corticosteroids. These sorts of reactions are common enough that radiologists and radiology technicians can spot them quickly, and all ct scanning suites are equipped to deal with them. Seafood and topical iodine allergies are not predictors of who will develop an anaphylactoid reaction to ct contrast (although this is a widely-held erroneous belief). Another response to ct contrast is kidney injury. The risk of kidney injury might be reduced by things including avoiding certain medications and keeping well-hydrated prior to the procedure. Concerns regarding reactions to ct contrast are valid, and should be addressed with the physician who orders the test as well as the physician who is responsible for performing the test. ...Read more

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What exactly is the purpose of a myelogram with CT scan to follow? What does it tell you?

What exactly is the purpose of a myelogram with CT scan to follow? What does it tell you?

CT Myelogram: It gives a better picture of the spine. It confirms things like the severity of nerve compressions, spinal cord compressions, and sometimes tumors. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain after having a myelogram with a CT scan?

Mild pain is typical: Pain is usually related to the needle that was used. Heat or cold on the site with otc Ibuprofen as recomended usually helps. However, if the problem is a bad positional (more upright) headache that persists even after resting & drinking fluids (esp. Caffeine) one may have to worry about a "spinal headache' from less fluid around the brain from a leaky puncture site. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a myelogram, mri, and ct?

A: CT myelogram requires an injection of contrast into the dural sac within the spinal canal. An MR "myelogram" attempts to simulate the myelogram effect with different MR pulse sequences, and does not require an injection. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the differences and similarities among a myelogram, mri, and ct?

Can you please describe the differences and similarities among a myelogram, mri, and ct?

See below: Mri is excellent looking at soft tissues such as brain, spinal cord, internal organs in chest and abdomen, and works via magnetic fluxes. Both cat and myelogram depend on radiation, the former provides screening of bones, sinuses, and the soft tissues above with far faster images, but less definition for smaller lesions. Myelogram images spinal canal by injection of dye, and is rarely used. ...Read more

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What are the differences among CT scans, MRI scans and myelograms?

Myleogram: Ct myleogram is a better postop test then mrimyleogram invasive contrast in spinal canal MRI noninvasive. ...Read more

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I have mild stenosis of lumber spine. Have had 3 cortisone shots with no relief from leg pain. Ct mylogram next. What will happen next?

I have mild stenosis of lumber spine. Have had 3 cortisone shots with no relief from leg pain. Ct mylogram next. What will happen next?

Depends on stenosis: It depends on the degree of your spinal stenosis. This is a mechanical impingement of the nerves in your spinal canal. The next step is typically a surgical decompression. It can either be done through a minimally invasive approach or a larger incision. The method of repair depends on your anatomy and the ct myelogram should be good at determining this. ...Read more

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What can I expect during a myelogram?

What can I expect during a myelogram?

No worries : A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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What should I expect right after a myelogram?

What should I expect right after a myelogram?

Usually nothing: With modern techniques and the tiny needles, headaches are very rare. You really should not expect any side effects. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: myelogram?

What is the definition or description of: myelogram?

Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


Myelogram (Definition)

A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several ...Read more