What are radiology injections?
Interventional procedures involve using a medical imaging modality (for example CT, ultrasound, fluoroscopy) to enable a radiologist to perform a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure on a patient. One example of this is injections under the guidance of x-rays or ultrasound to relieve pain.
How should I prepare for a radiology injection?
There is no specific preparation required for a radiology injection, however you will need to ring Epworth Medical Imaging and make an appointment. Please advise our reception staff if you are currently taking blood thinners.
On the day of your appointment, please bring any previous x-rays, ultrasound, CT or MRI scans taken as part of your joint pain history. Please also tell the radiologist if you are allergic to any medications.
On the day of your appointment
Epworth Medical Imaging’s friendly staff will greet you upon arrival and take your referral form. A radiographer will collect you from reception and you may be required to change in to a gown.
Our friendly team of radiologists, radiographers and nurses will explain what will happen during the procedure and be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Examination times will vary however this can be discussed with our staff when you make an appointment.
Depending on the area of the body to be injected, you may be taken to the CT, ultrasound or fluoroscopy area.
A joint injection is most commonly performed on your hip, shoulder or knee however it may also be performed in other joints of the body.
Ultrasound is commonly 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 aim to treat non-operative back pain and are performed using either CT or fluoroscopy imaging. Imaging is used to ensure correct placement of the medication and improves patient safety.
You will be monitored by nursing staff while you lie in a bed for approximately 2 hours before you are allowed to leave. For some injections, you will need to have someone to take you home, because you are not allowed to drive immediately after the procedure.
The radiologist will produce a report which will be sent directly to your GP or specialist – please contact your GP or specialist in order to discuss results.
Epworth Medical Imaging accepts cash, cheque, EFTFOS, MasterCard and Visa for payment on the day. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare, we can lodge Medicare claims electronically so as your Medicare rebate is direct deposited into your bank account.
Pensioners and healthcare card-holders will be bulked billed for all items covered under the Medicare schedule, although some surgical procedures and scans may incur a cost, as they are not covered under Medicare. Our staff will inform you of costs prior to your examination. Please have your Medicare card ready to present to reception.