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Diagnosis Neurology & Neurosurgery

Cervical Disc Herniation

Your doctor will check your range of motion in your arms, shoulders and neck. Other tests may include:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) An MRI provides detailed pictures of the spine that are produced with a powerful magnet linked to a computer
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan A CT scan uses a thin X-ray beam that rotates around the spine area. A computer processes data to construct a 3-dimensional, cross-sectional image
  • Myelogram This is an X-ray of your spine taken after a special dye has been injected into the spinal column. It can show pressure on the spinal cord or problems with discs or vertebrae
  • Discography This test is sometimes used to evaluate back pain in preparation for surgery

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.