What are injections?
Therapeutic injections are often prescribed for patients who have not responded to other therapies – or as a last resort, or provisional treatment, before surgery. During injections, radiologists rely on a medical imaging modality (usually CT, ultrasound or fluoroscopy) to safely and accurately administer pain relief medication.
How should I prepare for an injection?
There is no specific preparation for a radiology injection at Epworth Medical Imaging, however you must schedule an appointment for your procedure and advise our reception staff if you are taking blood thinners or have an allergy to any medications.
Please bring any previous X-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI scans requested as part of your pain medical history.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you on arrival and take your referral form. A radiographer will collect you from reception and ask you to change into a gown if required. Depending on the area of the body being injected, you will be taken to the CT, ultrasound or fluoroscopy room.
A team comprising a radiologist, radiographer and nurse will explain what will happen during your procedure and answer any questions.
A joint injection is most commonly performed on hips, shoulders or knees, however other body joints may also be injected. Ultrasound is typically used for joint injections, but the exact technique will vary according to the radiologist performing the injection and the area of interest.
Back or spinal injections target non-operative back pain and are performed using either CT or fluoroscopy imaging.
Our nursing staff will monitor you for about two hours after your procedure. You will not be permitted to drive after some injections and will need to arrange for someone to take you home.
Examination times vary and will be discussed when you schedule your appointment.
The radiologist will produce a report that will be sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss your results.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for on-the-day payment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, claims can be lodged electronically to ensure that your Medicare rebate is deposited directly into your bank account.
Pensioner Concession, Health Care, Commonwealth Seniors Health and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gold cardholders will be bulk-billed for all Medicare-eligible outpatient items. Some surgical procedures and scans that are not covered under the Medicare Benefits Schedule may incur an out-of-pocket cost. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please present your Medicare card and any concession cards to reception on arrival.