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What is discography?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Discography may be performed before spinal fusion to help identify the source of pain. Dye is injected into a disk; the amount of dye, pressure required, pain experienced, and an x-ray help determine whether the disk is responsible for lower back pain and other symptoms. Watch the video for more on discography.



Discography is a procedure used to diagnose whether your neck or back pain is caused by damaged disks in your spine. A doctor injects x-ray dye into several disks to see whether one or more disks are leaking and causing pain. As each disk is injected, you report to your doctor whether you feel pain and the type and severity of any pain. These descriptions help your doctor diagnose the source of pain.

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What are the possible complications of discography?
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Complications of diskography are rare but can include: Infection of the disk space (fewer than 1...
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When should I call my doctor after discography?
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After diskography, contact your doctor if:   You see signs of infection at the injection site, ...
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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 ...
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What happens after discography?
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After diskography: You may stay in a recovery area and have your vital signs (heart rate, blood ...
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