When is a Myelogram Needed?
Examinations of the spinal cord are most commonly done using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A myelogram is called for when someone is prevented from undergoing an MRI because of implanted medical devices, such as a pacemaker, or other reasons. For those who can undergo MRI examinations, myelograms can be performed in conjunction with an MRI to further study abnormalities. In addition, a myelogram can help show if surgery would be an appropriate treatment and can help in the planning process.