Myelogram. A myelogram is a special X-ray ordered by your doctor. This test is performed to see if there are any irregularities in your spinal canal. The procedure takes about 45 minutes.

The Preparation

Any special preparations and meal schedules prior to your X-ray are individualized according to your doctor’s orders.

Check with your doctor about taking some medications. Some medications (for example, glucophage) mist not be taken for 48 hours prior to and 48 hours after this test.

During the test

The transporter will wheel you on a stretcher to the Radiology Department. A technologist will bring you inside the X-ray room and have you slide from the stretcher onto a special table. You will be positioned on your side, with your knees bent up against your chest, and head tucked in. With a small needle, the doctor will then inject a small amount of novocaine into your spine to numb a small area on your lower back. He will then do a lumbar puncture, or “spinal tap,” by inserting a needle into this numbed area.

Your doctor will remove some of your spinal fluid and replace it with a special contrast agent. Once this agent is in your spinal canal, you will lie on your stomach on the table. The table is then tilted in various ways so the agent can move up and down and various X-rays can be taken. There is a platform at the bottom of the table that your feet can support you with, and you can hold on to the top of the table with your hands.

After the test

You will be transported back to your room on a stretcher, and assisted back into your bed. Your nurse will take your blood pressure, pulse and respiration, and order a meal if you are hungry.

If your have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or nurse.

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