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Diagnostic Testing for Neck, Back, and Spine Pain

Common Diagnostic Testing You Can Expect

To properly diagnose your spine problem, your doctor may or may not require further testing. Your doctor will only recommend tests needed for your specific case. Here are examples of the most common tests you may expect to have during your course of care here at the Riverside Medical Center.

All of the following tests are available through Riverside’s Radiology Department, call (815) 935-7531 to schedule your test or call the Riverside Spine Line at (815) 932-8888 for assistance.



X-rays (radiographs) are usually one of the first tests your doctor may order in diagnosing your back pain. An X-ray is a painless medical test that uses a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. At Riverside Medical Center, X-rays are particularly helpful for your doctor to identify spinal alignment, trauma, arthritic changes and other indicators to help diagnose your specific spine problem.



A myelogram involves a physician injecting contrast/dye into the liquid-filled protective space that surrounds the spinal nerves. A real-time form of x-ray, fluoroscopy, is used to see the images. A myelogram allows the vertebral column, disks, nerves, and blood vessels to be visualized. Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to schedule and prepare for your myelogram.


A discogram is an enhanced X-ray examination of the interverterbral disks, which allows real-time imaging. In this test, the physician injects dye into the disk which allows it to be seen under X-ray. This test can help your physician determine if the disk is injured and the possible cause of your pain. Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to schedule and prepare for your discogram.

Riverside Neurosurgery Consultants
350 North Wall Street, Suite 402
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: (815) 932-7200
Fax: (815) 935-7874