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Many radiological exams require specific patient preparation prior to the exam in order to ensure that the study is performed in the safest and most accurate manner possible. If you are scheduled for one of the following studies, follow the instructions exactly as written unless your MD says otherwise. If you have any questions or feel that you cannot comply with the instructions, be sure to call the Department of Radiology at (716) 278-4341.

A myelogram is a specialized x-ray of the spine to evaluate the spinal anatomy.

Before the Exam:
If you are taking Glucophage, Metformin, Glucovance, or Metaglip, you will be required to be off that medication for 48 hours after your exam.

During the Exam:
A contrast solution (dye) is injected into the spinal canal and x-rays are taken of the specified area.
You may be here an hour and a half to 2 hours.

Following the Exam:
Sometimes a CT scan is performed after a myelogram.
You will need someone to drive you home following the exam.

The information found on this site is general in nature and some of it may not apply to your specific situation. The information is also subject to change as medical knowledge advances and new methods of treatment are developed.

We encourage you to discuss your condition and treatment with your physician. Do not hesitate to contact your physician if you have any questions.

These instructions do not take the place of directions given to you by your MD.

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