A myelogram refers to a radiological procedure used to create an image of the spinal cord. This allows for the detection of abnormalities such as lesions, injury or tumors. The methods which are ideally preferred are a CT myelography or a CT scan with a myelogram. CT or computerized tomography enables the surgeon to create a three dimensional image of the spinal cord. First many two dimensional images are taken and a computer is used to link these images together, thereby resulting in a three dimensional image. In today’s time, myelograms are not used that often as CT scans and MRIs are preferred.
CPT or current procedural terminology codes are numbers given to each task or service provided by a medical practitioner to a patient. These include surgical, medical and diagnostic tasks. The codes are then used to decide the reimbursement amount an insurer must pay to the medical practitioner. This system of codes is used to bring about uniformity. A ct myelogram cpt code is an example of one such code. A ct myelogram cpt code contrast refers to the procedure in which a contrast material is used to offer better visibility of the spine. A ct myelogram cpt code lumbar is the number assigned to the procedure which analyses the lower back or lumbar region of the spine. The ct myelogram CPT code would differ depending on the type of procedure as also the instruments and mechanisms used. The ct myelogram CPT code is standard and is given by the American Medical Association.
A ct myelogram is done to detect any irregularities in the spinal cord.
There are no specific preparations to be done before a myelogram. The individual may have to undergo a spinal tap. The individual may also have to be placed in an upside down position and rotated as prescribed by the procedure. An ECG may also have to be done.
First a spinal tap is done on the lower part of the spine, which is the lumbar area. This may be painful for the individual. Once this procedure is complete, a contrast dye is injected. The individual will be placed on a rotating table and strapped securely. The rotation will occur in such a way that the individual will have to be upside down for a few minutes. This is done to allow the contrast dye to spread inside the spine. X-ray images are taken and the wound in the spinal column is sealed. Following the procedure, the individual is advised not to stand up straight for a while. Excessive movement could cause the seal on the wound to become loose. In case there are complications, the doctor must be contacted immediately.More articles from the Medical Tests Category