Non-Operative Spine – Discography

Spinal discography can be used to diagnose and treat pain associated with damage to the intravertebral discs, the soft jelly-like cushions located between the vertebrae in the spine. Spinal discography is an injection of fluorescent dyes that provide contrast to the damaged tissue and help physician’s locate the problem. A physician can use this procedure to establish which discs are damaged and which are healthy, and whether or not the patient’s pain is related to disc disease.


  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Torn disc
  • Degenerative disc disease


  • Using x-ray guidance a small needle will be inserted into the center of the disc
  • Contrast dye will be injected into the discs
  • Patients are then asked to describe if the contrast dye causes any pain
  • Evaluation of the pain levels with the contrast will show if the disc is the source of pain
  • The visual provided by the contrast dye will enable physicians to see disc damage

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