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Advances in Orthopedics
Volume 2012, Article ID 413913, 7 pages
Review Article

Diagnostic Testing for Degenerative Disc Disease

Virginia Spine Institute, 1831 Wiehle Avenue, 2d Floor, Reston, VA 20190, USA

Received 9 March 2012; Accepted 20 March 2012

Academic Editor: Brian R. Subach

Copyright © 2012 Michael W. Hasz. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The diagnostic of degenerative disc disease should be reached with the help of various diagnostic studies. This article briefly review the information gained by the following tests: radiographs, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and discography. The article explains how each modality provides a piece of the diagnostic puzzle and how discography confirms the origin of the patient’s pain.