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A certain form of contrast radiography (see above) is myelography. This technique is mainly used in patients that are being examined for a compressive lesion of the spinal cord. The most common indication to perform myelography in our clinic is slipped disc disease. Animals with a slipped disc can be paralyzed in the rear, and sometimes even in all four limbs. During myelography, a sterile contrast agent is injected into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord (cerebrospinal fluid). Subsequently radiographs are taken, and in most cases, the board-certified small animal surgeon will be able to identify the exact location of the slipped disc. This is the area to be surgically corrected.
A myelogram consists of injection of contrast material around the spinal cord
A myelogram consists of injection of contrast material around the spinal cord (white lines). The picture above shows an interruption of the contrast column both ventrally (at the bottom) and dorsally (at the top) of the spinal cord (white open arrow - head). The patient, a Dachshund, had lost all function of his hindlegs. Myelography helped to diagnose a slipped disc. Surgery was performed and the dog could walk again after two days.
 
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