Computed tomographic discography in the evaluation of extreme lateral disc herniation

Neurosurgery. 1984 Mar;14(3):350-1. doi: 10.1227/00006123-198403000-00018.


Thin section, high resolution computed tomographic (CT) scans of the lumbar spine produce images that can show herniated intervertebral discs without intravenous or intrathecal contrast enhancement. With this technique, the diagnosis of posterolateral and midline herniation has been greatly facilitated. This communication reports the use of CT discography in the preoperative evaluation of two patients who were shown at discography and proven at operation to have extreme lateral disc herniations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnostic imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*