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IntraDiscal ElectroThermal Therapy (IDET)

IDET is a recent technology that is gaining widespread acceptance for treating low back pain that is disc related. With the help of x-ray, a small thermal catheter is carefully guided to the disc that is producing the pain. Once it is properly positioned, the catheter is heated, raising the temperature inside the disc. The heat from the catheter contracts and thickens the protein of the disc wall and deactivates many of the nerve endings that are responsible for causing the pain.