Berera Radiology specialises in musculoskeletal imaging. We have a passion for diagnosing medical conditions of the bones, joints and associated soft tissue. Our state of the art equipment allows us to diagnose conditions using a wide variety of modalities, including x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, as well as ultrasound and CT guided injections.
CT Guided Injection
What is a CT Guided Injection?
- A thin needle is placed into a joint of your limb (shoulder, knee, hip etc), your spine (facet), or near a nerve.
- CT technology helps guide the needle into the correct position.
- A solution of anaesthetic and steroid are injected into the area to assist with pain relief.
How are these procedures performed?
- A radiographer will assist the radiologist perform the procedure.
- A radiographer will position you on the CT table. For most limb injections, you will be able to lie flat on your back. For spine injection, you will need to lie flat on your stomach.
- The area to be injected will be cleaned with antiseptic, and then numbed with local anaesthetic.
- The needle is guided into the accurate position using a CT scan.
- Once in position, a solution of anaesthetic and steroid are injected.
- No preparation is required.
- For all procedures, we strongly recommend that you not drive to and from your appointment.
- Please inform our staff if you are on blood thinners such as Warfarin and Aspirin.
- Please bring any relevant previous x-rays, CT or MRI to your appointment (if these have been performed elsewhere).
How long will the procedure take?
- Most injections are completed within 30 minutes.
- Some require you to stay with us for a short time after the procedure.
Please refer to the following factsheets for further information.