What is Myelogram?
Myelogram is a X- ray based diagnostic tool to visualize spinal cord and its surrounding area. It helps to identify problems associated with spinal canal, lining and nerve roots. It is used for the diagnosis of spinal/brain tumors, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, arthritis and spondylitis.
Why is Myelogram done?
- To assess the structure of the spinal column, spinal nerve roots, and spinal lining or meninges
- To diagnose any suspected infections and inflammations of the spinal column
- To detect any tumors (abnormal growth) of the spinal column
- To detect the lesions or other damage to the spinal column due to trauma
- To evaluate many diseases, including herniated discs (discs that bulge and press on nerves and/or the spinal cord), spinal stenosis (degeneration and swelling of the bones and tissues around the spinal cord that make the canal narrow) and ankylosing spondylitis (a disease that affects the spine)
- To diagnose the presence of cysts (benign capsules that may be filled with fluid or solid matter)