An accurate diagnosis and treatment are key to resolving your chronic pain issues. A discogram is an advanced imaging technology that allows for a detailed view of the discs in your spine. Texas Pain Institute offers discography services for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is a Discogram?
A discogram is a type of imaging technology that provides a detailed view of the spinal discs. Discography is recommended in cases where the precise location of trauma or degeneration is critical to patient outcomes. Discograms offer a higher level of detail than what is possible through x-rays, MRIs and other type of diagnostic imaging.
What are the Benefits of a Discogram?
Certain types of disc damage are not clearly visible on x-rays or MRI images. Pinpointing the root cause of your chronic pain is important in determining appropriate interventional pain management techniques. Discography gives us the detailed view that we need to provide guidance on what therapies are needed to improve your mobility and relieve you of chronic, debilitating pain.
Am I a Candidate for Discography?
If disc damage or degeneration is suspected in your chronic pain, we may recommend a discogram as part of the diagnostic procedure.
How is a Discogram Performed?
A fluoroscope if used to guide the positioning of a hollow needle to the targeted disc of your spine. Once the needle is in place, a special contrast dye is injected into the disc. The dye shows darker on the fluoroscope and details any damage to the disc. The information from the imaging gives us insight into any abnormalities in the disc, and this allows us to define interventions that will address those sources of pain. Discography can also work to determine if your chronic pain originates in the disc. If you experience discomfort as the dye is injected, this tells us that the disc is damaged in some way.
What is the Recovery Like After Discography?
After the discogram is complete, you will remain in our recovery area for about 30 minutes. You will need to drink water to remove the contrast dye from your system. The physician may discuss the results of the discogram at that time. Rest is recommended for the first day after discography.
What is the Prognosis After a Discogram?
A discogram is not a therapeutic option. Rather, it is used as part of your diagnostic testing. Once we have the results of your discogram, we will recommend interventional pain management options that address the source of your chronic pain.
A discogram is an effective diagnostic tool for chronic pain that originates in the spine. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer discography residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.