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Prior to your discography procedure at SMIL, your blood may be tested to determine how well your kidneys are functioning and whether your blood clots normally.
You should report to your SMIL radiologist all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials containing iodine (sometimes referred to as "dye" or "x-ray dye"). In addition, if you are pregnant, or could possibly be pregnant please inform your radiologist.
You may also be advise you to stop taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or blood thinners for a specified period of time before your discogram procedure. Also inform your radiologist about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.
You will likely be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your discography procedure. Plan to have a relative or friend drive you home after your discogram procedure.