Lumbar Discography

Lumbar Discography, also known as a Discogram, is a precision diagnostic tool employed to pinpoint the exact sources of lower back pain. This essential diagnostic step is followed by a lumbar CT scan at a separate facility on the same day, providing a comprehensive imaging assessment to support a targeted treatment approach

Understanding Lumbar Discography

Lumbar Discography is more than just a procedure; it’s a window into the hidden causes of your back pain. By applying pressure to individual discs through an injection, we can simulate pain responses, which helps our specialists determine if a disc is the source of discomfort. Combined with a CT scan, this two-fold approach enhances the accuracy of the diagnosis, allowing for a multifaceted view of your spinal health.

The Procedure Explained

The Lumbar Discography, followed by a CT scan, is a coordinated process:

  1. Preparation: You will be placed in a comfortable position while monitoring equipment is attached to ensure your safety throughout the procedure.
  2. Sterilization: The skin on your lower back will be sterilized, and a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area.
  3. Needle Insertion: Using fluoroscopic guidance for precision, a needle is gently placed into the center of the disc(s) in question.
  4. Contrast Injection & Imaging: A contrast dye is then injected into the disc, which may briefly reproduce your symptoms of pain. Fluoroscopic imaging captures how the dye spreads within the disc, which can indicate abnormalities and confirm if the disc is the pain source.
  5. CT Imaging: Post-discography, a CT scan at a dedicated imaging facility captures detailed cross-sectional images of the structures within your spine.

What to Expect

  • During the procedure: You may feel pressure during the injection, but the discomfort is typically minimal due to the local anesthetic.
  • After the procedure: It’s common to experience temporary tenderness at the injection site, which should subside shortly after. The CT scan is non-invasive and painless.

Getting Prepared for Lumbar Discography and CT Imaging

  1. Inform your physician about any medications you are taking.
  2. Depending on your medication, you might be asked to stop certain medications a few days before the procedure.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to the procedure.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  5. Ensure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Why Choose NIPAA for Lumbar Discography

Selecting NIPAA for your Lumbar Discography with a same-day CT scan means entrusting your care to a team that’s leading in interventional pain diagnostics. Our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians are equipped with the knowledge and technology to guide you through an advanced diagnostic process seamlessly.

With NIPAA’s commitment to excellence and your wellbeing, Lumbar Discography becomes more than a procedure; it’s a step toward reclaiming your comfort and quality of life. Contact us to learn more about this procedure and how we can assist you on your journey to wellness.