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Computed Tomographic Myelography


Computed tomographic (CT) myelography is a procedure to examine your spinal canal. Contrast dye is used to help healthcare providers see your nerves, bones, or spinal cord more clearly.


Follow up with your healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Drink liquids as directed:

Liquids will help flush the contrast dye out of your body. Ask how much liquid to drink each day, and which liquids to drink. Some foods, such as soup and fruit, also provide liquid.

Contact your healthcare provider or specialist if:

  • You have bleeding or a discharge coming from where the needle was put into your back.
  • You have severe neck or back pain.
  • You have a headache or nausea that does not go away with rest and medicine.
  • You feel anxious or irritable.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have a stiff neck or have trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have numbness, tingling, or weakness anywhere below your waist.
  • You have a severe headache that does not get better.
  • You have a fever.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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