Myelography is a special spinal X-ray examination used to help determine the cause of pain, numbness and/or weakness in the back, arms or legs. During the test, a contrast medium (also referred to as contrast material) is injected into the spinal canal under X-ray guidance to provide an outline of the spinal cord and nerve roots. It is particularly useful for assessing the spine following surgery, looking for a source of pressure on the nerves in your patient's neck or back, and for assessing disc abnormalities. For more information about myelograms or how to prepare for them, click the link below.
Meet Dr. Margaret C. Guarisco - One of Our Radiologists
Dr. Margaret Guarisco, a native of Shreveport, LA, has lived in Tuscaloosa since 1998. She received an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center. After graduating 2nd in her class from LSU Medical School in Shreveport, she moved to Alabama for her residency and fellowship at UAB. Dr. Guarisco, while performing most radiology procedures, specializes in body imaging with special emphasis on CT, MR and ultrasound. She maintains board certification through the American College of Radiology.
“Myelography is an imaging examination that involves the introduction of a spinal needle into the spinal canal and the injection of contrast material in the space around the spinal cord and nerve roots using a real-time form of x-ray called fluoroscopy. When a contrast material is injected into the space surrounding the nerve roots and spinal cord, it allows us to view outlines of the different areas of the spine that usually are not visible or distinguishable on x-rays. Myelography is most commonly used to detect abnormalities affecting the spinal cord, the spinal canal, the spinal nerve roots and the blood vessels that supply the spinal cord. Overall, myelography is a very safe procedure that is well tolerated by most patients and remains a valuable tool in assessing patients with back pain.”
Why Should You Ask Your Doctor To Choose Us For Your Medical Imaging?
The Radiology Clinic's caring staff recognizes that diagnostic testing can cause apprehension and uneasiness. Our technologists will take the time to explain exactly what you can expect, and someone is always available to assist you with questions or concerns.
We are open from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 8am to noon on Saturdays. Easily accessible from McFarland Boulevard, we are located just north of the Black Warrior River and ample free parking provides easy access to the clinic.
Depth of Experience
Our board-certified radiologists work with trained technologists to provide a compassionate, expert imaging experience. Radiologists are physicians who have received 4 to 6 years of advanced training after completing their medical degrees. Radiology technologists, who work closely with radiologists, receive 2 to 4 years of training in radiologic technology.
Your referring physician will be provided results 2-3 working days after your examination. We also have a patient portal where you can have access to your results.
Your safety is one of our top priorities. We are committed to delivering the best medical imaging experience in the world and minimizing your exposure to radiation.