An injection of x-ray dye into the spinal column to examine the spine using x-rays and/or CT scan.


  1. Drink 8-10 (8 ounce) glasses of liquids (water, juice, cola, etc.) each day for 48 hours after the procedure unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.  Progress slowly to solid foods as tolerated.
  2. Remain in bed with the head of bed elevated (using 2 pillows beneath the head) for the first 24 hours, getting out of bed only to ride home or use the restroom.
  3. DO NOT stoop or bend for 24 hours.
  4. Bathing the next day is permitted.
  5. Change the band-aid at the puncture site as needed.  The band-aid may be removed in 24 hours.
  6. DO NOT take Glucophage (Metformin), Glucovance, Avandamet, Metaglip, Actoplus Met, or Janumet for 48 hours after the procedure.
  7. DO NOT resume any medicines that were stopped before having the Myelogram until at least 48 hours after the procedure, unless otherwise instructed by the doctor.

Call the Radiology Department at 828-286-5335 if you have any questions or if any of the following occur within 72 hours (3 days) of leaving the hospital.

  1. Fever of 101 degrees F or above.
  2. Chills.
  3. Pain not relieved by pain medicine ordered by doctor.
  4. Moderate to severe headache not relieved by pain medicine.
  5. Any new numbness tingling not present before the procedure.
  6. Any new bowel or bladder problems (such as being unable to urinate or loss of bladder/bowel control).
  7. Severe itching not relieved by applying lotion to the skin.
  8. Nausea and vomiting more than three (3) times in 24 hours.
  9. Clear or bloody drainage at the puncture site that saturates a band-aid in one (1) hour or less.

If unable to contact your doctor and feel you have an emergency, go the Emergency Department.