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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

myelogram is a test to check problems with your spinal canal, a tunnel-like structure in your spine that holds your spinal cord. A myelogram uses X-ray or computed tomography (CT) to create pictures of your spinal canal.

The exam table may be tilted during the x-ray.

Before Your Test

 Don't eat the morning of the test, but you can drink water or other clear fluids.

 If instructed, stop taking medications before the test.

 Arrange for someone to drive you home.

Tell the health care provider if you:

 Are pregnant or think you may be

 Have any bleeding problems

 Take blood thinners (anticoagulants) or other medications, including aspirin

 Have had back surgery or low-back pain

 Have any allergies


During Your Test

 You will change into a hospital gown.

 X-rays of your spine will be taken.

 Your lower back will be cleaned, covered with drapes, and injected with a numbing medication.

 Contrast fluid will be injected into your spinal canal and a small amount of spinal fluid may be withdrawn.

 Additional x-rays will be taken.

 If you need a CT test, it will follow the x-rays.

Call Your Doctor If:

 You have a headache that lasts 2 days or more

 You have a fever

 You have lasting pain in your back, or tingling in your groin or legs

After Your Test

 Take it easy for the rest of the day, as advised.

 Lie down with your head raised if you get a headache, or if instructed to do so.

 Drink plenty of water.

 Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment.


Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics
140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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