Division of Neuroradiology
Contact Information

Barbara Wilson
Diagnostic Imaging
The Ottawa Hospital
General Campus
Room S2, Box 232
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1H 8L6 Canada

Tel: 613-737-8571
Fax: 613-737-8830



Discography is a procedure which allows the neuroradiologist to examine the integrity intervertebral discs. It can also be used to determine the extent of pathology within the discs themselves.

A small calibre needle is inserted into the substance of the disk. The disk is then injected with a contrast dye and the distribution of the dye is observed using fluoroscopy and x-ray film. Before the needle is inserted, you will receive a local anaesthetic in the back at the needle puncture site. Sometimes a CT scan may be performed after the procedure to examine the structure of the discs in more detail.


Anterior-Posterior View
L1-L2 Intervertebral Disc

Anterior-Posterior view of L1-L2 intervertebral disk

Lateral View
L2-L3 Intervertebral Disc

Lateral View of L2-L3 intervertebral disk

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