ANNULOGRAM TEST- STEP ONE OF THE DISCSEEL PROCEDURE
Every patient contemplating back treatment should first identify their pain source with an annulogram. Today, some physicians rely on the more primative discogram. MRIs are helpful in identifying bulges and degenerated discs but they are unable to identify disc tears. Physicians recommending fusions without annulograms or discograms lack insight, thus jeopardizing your long-term relief.
This is why most people know someone who is no better following spinal surgery, and one of many reasons for the limited long-term success of fusions. Research confirms that even a minimally invasive discectomy may weaken your disc, accelerating disc degeneration.