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How is a discogram actually done?
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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: Doscogram
After sedation they will position you on a table and use fluroscope to guide placement into a target disc and one or two control discs pressurize them with a saline solution they should record pressures and look for leaking contrast on a post procedure ct scan but recording your pain response is most importantpart normal discs dont hurt when injected the painful disc will they are looking for.

In brief: Doscogram
After sedation they will position you on a table and use fluroscope to guide placement into a target disc and one or two control discs pressurize them with a saline solution they should record pressures and look for leaking contrast on a post procedure ct scan but recording your pain response is most importantpart normal discs dont hurt when injected the painful disc will they are looking for.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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