Spine Imaging

The Spine Imaging Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center provides patients with comprehensive imaging and diagnostic services for disorders in the neck or spine, including tumors, injuries, or alignment problems.

We offer some of the latest in spinal imaging procedures, including:

Epidural steroid injections
Corticosteroids are injected directly into the epidural space in the spine to help patients with chronic discogenic back or leg pain
Facet injections
Corticosteroids are injected in a facet joint, a small, stabilizing joint behind and between a vertebra, to diagnose and alleviate chronic leg pain
Selective nerve root blocks
Corticosteroids are injected into certain lumbar nerve roots to alleviate chronic leg or low back pain
Vertebroplasty
Minimally invasive technique in which a medical cement is injected into a vertebra that is broken or weakened by osteoporosis or cancer. The cement heals the break and strengthens the vertebra, protecting it from future injuries.

Other spinal imaging exams we provide at UTSW include:

  • Computed tomography (CT)-guided biopsies
  • Discography, a procedure that involves injecting a gel-like substance into the center of a spinal disc to diagnose a back problem
  • Magnetic resonance (MR)-guided biopsies
  • Myelograms, which use an X-ray and a special dye to examine the bones and fluid-filled spaces between the bones of your spinal canal

Patients with back and neck pain can also be treated by our pain management service.