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Myelography is a procedure that uses an x-ray to examine your spinal canal. Contrast liquid is used to help healthcare providers see your nerves, bones, or spinal cord more clearly.

Vertebral Column


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You have numbness, tingling, or weakness anywhere below your waist.

Call your healthcare provider or specialist if:

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

Drink liquids as directed:

Liquids will help flush the contrast 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 count as liquid.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

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

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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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