Spine and Pain Management

The following is a type of spine and pain management procedures that IMI performs:

Myelogram : A Myelogram is a simple test performed to look at the spinal sac and the nerve roots that exit from the spinal canal. There are two types of Myelograms; Low Dose Myelogram and Full Dose Myelogram. In both cases, the radiologist will place contrast (x-ray dye) into the spinal sac, through a small needle that he/she inserts into the lower back. When the contrast material is injected into the subarachnoid space, the radiologist is able to view and evaluate the status of the spinal cord, the nerve roots and the meninges. The meninges are the membranes which surround and cover the spinal cord and nerve roots. Myelography provides a very detailed picture of the spinal cord, nerve roots, subarachnoid space and spinal column. The radiologist views the passage of contrast material in real-time within the subarachnoid space as it is flowing using fluoroscopy but also may take permanent images, called x-rays or radiographs, of the contrast material around the spinal cord and nerve roots in order to document abnormalities involving or affecting these structures. In most cases, the myelogram is followed by a computed tomography (CT) scan to better define the anatomy and any abnormalities.