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Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to your exam.
Use of Meds
Some medications, pain relievers, and herbal products may cause an increased risk of bleeding. Patients must discontinue use of Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, Motrin, Excedrin, Alka-Seltzer, Naproxen, Advil, Ibuprofen, Heparin, St. John's Wart and Vitamin E, at least 5 days prior to the day of their procedure. Stop antidepressants 48 hours before your procedure.
Day of the Exam
When you arrive at MD Imaging, you will be required to fill out the appropriate forms. You will then be taken to the dressing room where you will be asked to change into a gown. The radiologist and the technologist will explain the procedure to you. At this time, feel free to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you may have. You will then be asked to sign a consent form.
After the myelogram portion of the procedure is completed, you will then be taken to have a CT scan. The entire procedure takes approximately 60-90 minutes. Please make arrangements for transportation, as you should not drive immediately after the myelogram.
During the first 24 hours after the myelogram:
Notify your physician immediately if you experience any tremors or fainting.