Image Guided Injections

What are image guided injections?

Image guided injections are often used to reduce pain and inflammation in the musculoskeletal system - in joints, ligaments or tendons. 

We use medical imaging techniques to help us to administer an injection of anaesthetic or  anti-inflammatory steroid directly into your problematic joint, ligament or tendon.

What happens during an image guided injection?

Dr Pathak will take the time to explain everything to you. He and a nurse will be present.

During your injection either ultrasound or a CT scanner will be used to guide the injection into place. Over the course of the treatment you will be awake and will be able to speak freely with the nurse or consultant if you wish.

How long does an image guided injection take?

Typically, an image guided injection takes around 20 minutes.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, we prefer that you are accompanied by a friend or family member in order that they can drive you home after your appointment.

Are there any side effects?

Image guided injections are generally very safe. However, as with any invasive procedure, there are slight risks involved. Please click on this link for everything you need to know. 

What happens after an image guided injection?

We will keep you under observation for 20 minutes, if all is well you will be discharged.  Your symptoms may flare temporarily but your discomfort will disappear shortly afterwards.