Imaging Guided Procedures / Steroid Injections
These are interventional procedures done on patients with the help of imaging. Numerous such procedures are done in our department by qualified radiologists.
A CT Arthrogram is a specific examination to highlight the internal structures of joints such as knees and hips. Using the guidance of the CT machine the radiologist will inject a contrast into the joint so that a full CT can be performed that shows any abnormalities within the structure of the joint.
Ultrasound Guided Pain Relief Injections
These are cortisone injections performed by a radiologist with the guidance of an Ultrasound machine. Using the Ultrasound makes sure that the mediations that the radiologists inject are going into the correct area to offer maximum relief from your symptoms. These injections are mainly used for soft tissue areas and small joints.
CT Guided Pain Relief Injections
These are cortisone injections performed by a radiologist with the guidance of a CT machine. These injections are for targeted relief of pain in large joints such as hips and knees for osteo arthritis, facet joint pain in the spine, nerve root pain in the spine and epidural injections. The CT guidance assists the radiologist in placing the needle in an accurate position for the procedure to work.
With all interventional procedures some aftercare is needed. It is suggested that you rest for 24 to 48 hours afterwards, our reception staff can provide you a notice for your employer if needed. The radiologist or their assistant will advise you of when to take any dressings off. It can take up to two weeks for pain relief to take effect If you have any concerns after an interventional procedure please contact your referring physician as soon as you are able.