Myelography is an X-ray test that uses a dye to look at your spine or neck. This test is usually done to look for:

  • Back pain.

  • Neck pain.

  • Arm or leg pain, weakness, or numbness.


  • Take your medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Eat food and drink fluids as told by your doctor.

  • Do not drive. Have someone else drive you to the test and drive you home.

  • Your doctor will talk to you about risks of the myelography and answer questions you may have.


  • You will be awake during the procedure.

  • You may be asked to lie on your stomach during the procedure.

  • Your back will be cleaned.

  • A numbing medicine will be injected into that area.

  • A small needle is inserted through the skin that was numbed. A dye will be put into the needle.

  • The needle will be taken out.

  • X-ray pictures will be taken of your neck or back.

  • You may also have more procedures to get different views of your neck or back.


  • You will rest in a recovery room until you are stable and doing well.

  • You will lie down with your head resting on 1 pillow.

  • You may be given something to eat or drink.

  • Someone will need to drive you home.

Finding out the results of your test

Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.