Radiologycally Guided Injection Therapy
About Radiologically Guided Injection Therapy
Image-guided injections, offer a minimally invasive solution to address inflammation, pain and reduced mobility.
A doctor may recommend this treatment after more traditional methods, such as medication or physical therapy, have not yielded significant results.
Injections without imaging technology have been used for years to address hip, shoulder and knee issues related to conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ligament and muscle tears.
Potential Benefits of Radiologically Guided Injection Therapy
- Greater Accuracy: Image-guided injections allow the professional administering the dose to fully visualize the needle as it enters the joint and guide it to the precise location.
- Less Procedural Pain: An injection into the wrong area may simply numb it for a few hours – or could hit a nerve and cause the patient even more pain. In this regard, imaging technology greatly reduces this occurrence by identifying the most effective location to inject the medication. As a secondary benefit, it takes less time than a blind injection.
A Higher Level of Detail:Image-guided injections may be performed with other imaging modalities, including fluoroscopy, CT scan or ultrasound, to provide detailed visualization of soft tissue structures, including tendons, nerves and blood vessels that the needle will need to navigate around.
Who is a Candidate ?
Radiofrequency ablation is a treatment option for patients who have experienced successful pain relief after a diagnostic nerve/pain receptor block injection.
Radiofrequency ablation is done using fluoroscopic (x-ray) guidance and should NOT be performed on people who have an infection, are pregnant, or have bleeding problems