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What is an Epidurography?

Diagnostic epidurography is performed to assess the structure of the epidural space in your spine. This procedure is done before epidural steroids are administered to ensure accurate delivery of this therapeutic material to the source of your pain.

Learn more about Epidurography:

  • We will contact you prior to your appointment to review medications you are currently taking, your medical history, potential risks and answer any of your questions.
  • Contact your provider before you stop taking any medication.
  • If you have films, reports or CD-ROMs of any MRI, CT or X-rays you have already had, please bring them to the appointment.
  • You will need a driver to bring you home after your appointment; please make arrangements.
  • At your appointment, women should always inform their provider or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant or if they are breast feeding.
  • An epidurogram is done under X-ray-guidance (fluoroscopy) at the desired location (also know as “level”) in the spine, which may be cervical (upper), thoracic (middle), lumbar (lower), or sacral (bottom).  
  • Once a needle has been carefully inserted into a central location in the spine, contrast dye is injected. The X-ray allows your radiologist to document how the contrast dye disperses to help diagnose the source of your pain.
  • Most epidurographies are followed by an epidural steroid injection into the source of your pain.

NOTE: This procedure is not performed in all of our centers. Please contact the location or region nearest you for more information. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have!