Discogram, or discography exams help determine whether a specific intervertebral disc may be the source of back pain in patients. This outpatient procedure at Mountain medical may be performed prior to surgery to help identify discs that need to be treated or removed.
Intervertebral discs are sponge-like cushions between the vertebrae, or bones, of the spine. Each disc has a strong outer layer called an annulus and a center part, called a nucleus, made of a soft, rubber-like material. When discs rupture or bulge, they may press on the nerves of the spinal column and cause weakness or back pain.
What you can expect during a discography:
Learn how to prepare for a discography.
Learn the benefits and risks of discography.
Watch the X-ray - What to Expect Video.