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Interventional Radiology Procedures

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What is interventional radiology?

Interventional radiology is a medical specialty that uses minimally invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat various medical conditions. These procedures are performed by interventional radiologists.

What procedures are offered at Precise Radiology?

Ultrasound Joint injection

An ultrasound-guided corticosteroid joint injection is a medical intervention used to address joint pain and inflammation. It begins with the diagnostic phase, during which a healthcare provider employs ultrasound imaging to visualize the specific joint in question, thereby confirming the source of pain and ensuring precise needle placement for the injection. This diagnostic step is crucial for accurate treatment.

In the actual procedure, the patient is positioned appropriately, and the skin covering the targeted joint is sterilized. Under real-time ultrasound guidance, a thin needle is carefully inserted into the joint space. A corticosteroid medication, often combined with a local anaesthetic, is then injected directly into the joint. The corticosteroid functions as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, reducing inflammation within the joint and providing relief from pain. The local anaesthetic offers immediate pain relief, while the corticosteroid’s anti-inflammatory effects may take a few days to fully manifest.

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Ultrasound Bursal Injection

A bursal corticosteroid injection is a medical procedure designed to alleviate pain and inflammation in the bursa, a fluid-filled sac found in joints. It involves the targeted injection of a corticosteroid medication, often combined with a local anaesthetic, into the affected bursa. This procedure is typically guided by diagnostic imaging like ultrasound to accurately locate the inflamed bursa, ensuring precise placement of the injection. The corticosteroid serves as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, effectively reducing inflammation within the bursa and providing relief from pain. Immediate pain relief is achieved through the local anaesthetic, while the corticosteroid’s anti-inflammatory effects typically take a few days to become fully effective. Bursal corticosteroid injections are commonly used to manage conditions like bursitis.

This procedure’s success lies in its ability to deliver medication directly to the source of inflammation within the bursa, thanks to guidance techniques like ultrasound. By targeting the affected area precisely, healthcare providers can enhance the therapeutic impact of the corticosteroid, minimizing discomfort and promoting a quicker return to normal joint function.

Will an interventional procedure help me with my pain?

Most patient will get relief immediately after the procedure from the local anaesthetic. The corticosteroid will usually take 3-4 days to take full effect. How long the pain relief varies from patient to patient with some lasting months while others lasting weeks. Some patients may need multiple attempts before they get relief.

What are the costs involved?

All interventional procedures for Medicare Card holders are bulk billed if the refferal is from a doctor or specialist.

How do I prepare for interventional procedures?

It is best to wear comfortable loose fitted clothing for your procedure. You may also be provided with a gown as well.

Please inform our staff if you are taking any blood thinning medication and if you have any allergies before your procedure.

Any additional instructions will be provided prior to your appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an X-Ray?

X-ray imaging is perhaps the most commonly known form of diagnostic testing. Similar to visible light, x-rays use electromagnetic radiation, which contain wave-like forms of energy.

What radiologic procedures are available?

At Precise Radiology, we offer a range of radiologic procedures including X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, and bone density scans.

How is the test performed?

Tests are performed by skilled technologists using advanced imaging technology tailored to each procedure.

How to prepare for the test?

Preparation instructions will be provided based on the specific test you're undergoing.

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