What is a discogram?

In this test, contrast (dye) is injected with the help of fluoroscopy (mobile X-ray machine) directly into the intervertebral disc. The test has two elements. The first element is when your specialist attempts to mimic your pain by injecting fluid into your disc and therefore tries to place stress on the disc. This is a diagnostic test that can be very difficult to interpret. The other element is looking at the image on the fluoroscopy to see what the fibres of the disc look like and to see whether there is any damage.

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