October 26, 2016

A discogram, or discography, is a preoperative study designed to determine if an intervertebral disc is the source of your pain. The study helps your surgeon determine the best treatment option for your pain. A discogram is a minimally invasive diagnostic imaging test that helps determine whether a specific intervertebral disc may be the source of your pain. During a discogram, dye is injected into the soft center of the disk. The injection itself sometimes reproduces your back pain. Several disks may be injected, to try to pinpoint the cause of your back pain. The discogram procedure usually takes less than an hour to perform. You’ll have soreness from the needle punctures that lasts several days. You may use acetaminophen, ibuprofen or apply an ice pack for a few minutes to ease the soreness.