INDICATIONS: These are done primarily for the relief of pain. Other indications include muscle spasm and preoperative assessment.

 

REGIONS COVERED: Spine – facet joint / nerve root block / epidural injections. Joints and some deep soft tissue structures that are difficult to access under ultrasound guidance.

 

LIMITATIONS: Occasionally patients are unable to lie still on the scanning table for the few minutes it takes to perform the procedure.

 

PREPARATION: If you are on blood thinners they may need to be stopped for 3-5 days prior to the injection if you are having an epidural injection. You will also need to bring a driver with you if you are having an epidural injection or nerve root block.

 

SCAN PROCEDURE: The risks and complications will be explained to you and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have to the doctor performing the procedure. You will lie on the scanning bed and the technician will position you and electronically move the bed into position for the procedure. The Doctor will inject local anaesthetic into the skin and then pass a needle to the location to be injected with a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid to alleviate your pain. The procedure will take approximately 15 minutes.

 

POST PROCEDURE: It is best to rest for the remainder of the day after the procedure, and reduce activities that would normally exacerbate your pain for a further week

 

RESULTS: Please inform us of when you plan to follow up with your doctor so that your report can be prioritised.

A hyperlink will be added to the report that will allow your doctor to access your images.

We provide long term electronic storage of your report and images, so you may obtain a copy either on the day of the scan or in the future.