The purpose of this procedure is to demonstrate abnormalities of the nerves or any compression on the dural sack, which carries the nerve routes from the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal canal. For example a herniated disk. Nowadays this study is reserved for patients who cannot undergo a magnetic resonance (MRI) study to investigate their symptoms. When it is performed it is often combined with a CT study of the region of interest (e.g. lumbar spine).
You will be admitted to hospital for the day.
Allow at least 15 minutes before your study to check in at the radiology reception desk and 1 hour before at the hospital reception desk.
You will be asked to put on a gown. You will be asked to remove your watch, jewellery, cellphone, all metal objects including your purse and credit cards, but it is best to bring only the bare essentials with you. These items will be locked for safe-keeping.