A discogram is a diagnostic test that can help determine if a specific intervertebral disc or discs are causing pain. This test can be used to confirm whether a disc is suspected as a possible generator before surgical intervention is initiated.
During a cervical discogram, the discs in question are accessed via needle under live x-ray guidance and then pressurized by injecting contrast through the needle to see if this reproduces the patient’s baseline daily pain.
Similar to any other procedure or medication, there are potential risks of infection, bleeding, allergic reaction, and prolonged increases in pain. Your physicians will use x-ray guidance throughout the procedure and sterile techniques to significantly reduce the risks.