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How does a discogram function?
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: With you conscious
This is a test that you have to verbally respond to when placed on a table that x-rays pass through & a needle is guided sterilely into the disc under local anesthesia with some light IV sedation & confirmed to be in the right place with contrast injected followed by sterile water to see what response is given as to whether the disc is the cause of pain.
A normal disc does not have pain elicited.

In brief: With you conscious
This is a test that you have to verbally respond to when placed on a table that x-rays pass through & a needle is guided sterilely into the disc under local anesthesia with some light IV sedation & confirmed to be in the right place with contrast injected followed by sterile water to see what response is given as to whether the disc is the cause of pain.
A normal disc does not have pain elicited.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Necessay dx test
Confirms a target disc as the cause of your pain.
It is a pre op procedure to confirm which disc hurts causing backache can't go off MRI appearance. Diagnostic test before fusion or replacement to treat back ache surgically.

In brief: Necessay dx test
Confirms a target disc as the cause of your pain.
It is a pre op procedure to confirm which disc hurts causing backache can't go off MRI appearance. Diagnostic test before fusion or replacement to treat back ache surgically.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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