The gold standard for diagnosing disc tears and subsequent degeneration and/or herniation involves a technique called provocation discography, in which a physician pressurizes the disc with contrast material to confirm pain in a damaged disc followed by a non-pressuring contrast of the surrounding discs 7 . This is followed with a CT scan to visualize tears filled with contrast fluid. It is important to note that this technique can actually exacerbate the damage, and an alternative contrast (Gadolinium) has been developed 7 . This contrast is injected into a vein (instead of a disc), and travels to the vessels of the disc. Using MRI to follow the contrast, flow disruption from scar tissue can be visualized to confirm a tear.