How do you prepare for a myelogram?

How do you prepare for a myelogram?

Basic Instructions

  1. Please arrange for a ride home after your myelogram.
  2. Drink extra fluids the day before.
  3. No solid foods two hours before exam.
  4. Drink extra fluids (no caffeine) up to 2 hours before exam.
  5. 2 hours before exam – NPO (If medications needed, take only with swallow of water.)

Does a myelogram show more than an MRI?

Myelograms are usually accompanied by CT/CAT scans, which often have higher resolution than MRI. That means the images show more detail, much like a higher resolution digital camera produces sharper pictures. Consequently, more subtle signs of disease may be identified.

How painful is a CT myelogram?

Is a CT myelogram painful? Some patients report discomfort during the injection of the dye; others do not. The CT scan is not painful.

What to avoid before and after a CT myelogram?

1 CT Myelogram Drugs to Avoid. 2 Hold for 48 Hours Before and 12 Hours After Your Myelogram. 3 Acetaminophen/butalbital. 4 Acetaminophen/butalbital/caffeine. 5 Acetaminophen/butalbital/caffeine/. 6 (more items)

When to stop antidepressants prior to myelography?

Drugs that possess the ability to lower seizure threshold should be discontinued at least 48 hours prior to myelography if possible and should not be resumed until at least 24 hours post-procedure. These drugs are listed below. Phenothiazines Antidepressants

Do you have to take medication for myelography?

You may have liquids and can take your usual medications unless previously advised to hold certain medications in preparation for the myelography. MEDICATION: All patients can take their prescribed medications as usual unless instructed to hold certain medications such as blood thinners.

How is contrast used in a myelogram procedure?

The contrast dye is injected into the spinal column before the procedure. The contrast dye appears on an X-ray screen allowing the radiologist to see the spinal cord, subarachnoid space, and other nearby structures more clearly than with standard X-rays of the spine. The radiologist will also use a CT scan when doing a myelogram.

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