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A discogram is a diagnostic test performed to demonstrate and assess the internal structure of a spinal disc. This test will also determine if a particular disc is the source of your pain. As the dye is injected by the radiologist, you will be asked if the pain that you normally experience is being recreated by the injection.

During the Procedure

You will need to lie on your side for 20-30 minutes and will be given intravenous medication as a relaxant and pain reliever. After the injection of dye into the disc/discs, a short MRI scan is performed of the area to obtain images of the dye distribution.

After the Procedure

You may feel drowsy after the procedure due to the sedation given and cannot drive or do physical activity for the rest of the day. You will need to bring a driver along with you to the procedure.