Discograms

Discograms are advanced nonsurgical diagnostic tests performed by the region’s leading pain management experts at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a medical group affiliated with Winthrop-University Hospital on Long Island, NY.

In addition to providing anesthesia care for patients before, during, and after surgery, Nassau Anesthesia Associates has anesthesiologists with advanced training in the field of pain management. We utilize the most advanced nonsurgical techniques for treating acute and chronic pain that hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments.

A discogram, also referred to as a diskogram or discography, is a diagnostic imaging test used to identify the source of a patient’s back pain. More specifically, a discogram helps determine whether a specific intervertebral disc is causing the pain. Intervertebral discs are sponge-like cushions between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. They act as shock absorbers for the spine, providing flexibility and protection for  the vertebrae. If injured, intervertebral discs can cause tremendous pain and significantly impair functionality of the spine.

Reasons for a Discogram

Although an MRI or CT scan can strongly suggest which disc might be generating pain, these imaging studies do not always precisely identify the pain generator. A discogram is generally performed for the following reasons:

To determine if the patient is suffering from one or more ruptured or herniated discs

To provide a more accurate diagnosis of the source of pain, especially if more than one disc is affecting the patient.

To help patients who have not responded well to conservative treatments such as medications, physical therapy and steroid injections.

The Discography Procedure

  • A discography generally takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete and involves the patient lying on their stomach.

  • This x-ray-guided procedure is performed under local anesthesia whereby numbing agents are injected over the disc or discs that the doctor intends to study.

  • Once the areas are numb, your physician will use a small needle to inject contrast dye into each disc.

  • The dye shows up on the x-ray, allowing the doctor to measure the pressure of each disc and determine if any leakage is occurring in the discs.

  • During the test, the level of pain you may experience from the discography can also help with the diagnosis.

Meet our Elite Team of Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists

The highly skilled anesthesiologists at Nassau Anesthesia Associates, P.C. have several additional years of anesthesia specialty training such as cardiac, pediatric, or intensive care medicine.

Our affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.

The Winthrop-University Hospital Advantage

Nassau Anesthesia Associates’ affiliation with renowned Winthrop-University Hospital provides our patients with complete access to Winthrop’s vast resources including physicians and state-of-the-art operating rooms and facilities.