What happens during discography?

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The diskography procedure takes 30 to 60 minutes, and you will be awake and able to communicate the entire time. Your procedure will include the following:
  • Monitoring. You may have monitoring devices attached to you to check your heart rate and breathing.
  • Sedative. You may be given a sedative to help you relax.
  • Local anesthetic. You'll be given a local anesthetic near the injection site to numb the skin.
  • Injection. For each injection, a needle will be inserted into the disk and inject x-ray dye.
  • Fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance. Fluoroscopic x-rays will be used to make sure the needle is in the best position. They will also be used to identify whether x-ray dye leaks out of the disk.
  • Pain description. For each disk injected, you will be asked to describe your pain. A damaged disk will cause temporary pain when injected. It is important to describe the pain -- where it is, how strong it is, and if it feels like the pain you've been experiencing. Your descriptions for each injection will help the doctor identify which disk or disks are the source of your pain.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan. When the injections are finished, a CT scan may be used to get a more detailed picture of whether disks are leaking x-ray dye and how much.

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