A discogram is a diagnostic test used to assist in the examination of the intervertebral discs. During this test, dye is injected into the impacted disc, allowing the disc material to be clearly viewed on a fluoroscope monitor and x-ray film.
When to use a discogram
A discogram is usually used or recommended by your doctor when you are experiencing pain and symptoms generally associated with disc-related conditions in order to accurately diagnose and treat your condition. In most cases, patients who undergo a discogram are suffering from symptoms related to bulging or herniated discs, such as:
- Localized pain
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, and disc-related spinal conditions have not been eliminated from the list of potential causes, undergoing a discogram will help determine if the disc in question is the source of your pain.
Will a discogram cure my spine condition?
The discogram is a diagnostic test that allows your doctor or surgeon to accurately see and diagnose your potential spinal conditions. This test is not a treatment, and does not treat the underlying pain or symptoms associated with disc-related conditions. However, undergoing discogram testing does allow your doctor or surgeon to obtain a holistic view of your intervertebral discs, which may expedite your diagnosis, and assist you in receiving appropriate treatment faster.
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Approach
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute our main priority is helping patients find relief. In many cases, that means obtaining an accurate diagnosis utilizing the highest quality testing and diagnostic care available to expedite their journey. We utilize a number of diagnostic tests onsite, and work with world-class diagnostic centers in our area to ensure that you have access to any and all diagnostic testing you may need. The first step in your journey to pain relief is an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.