Image guided nerve root injections are used to diagnose and treat spinal nerves that have become inflamed due to irritation or pinching. The procedure involves injecting either anaesthetic or anaesthetic mixed with steroids close to the spinal nerve in the bony opening between the vertebrae (the intervertebral foramen). This helps to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. No two patients are anatomically identical so imaging (normally ultrasound or fluoroscopy) is used to pinpoint the precise location of the nerve.
Image guided joint and soft tissue injections are used to diagnose or treat certain types of musculoskeletal conditions, helping to relieve pain, inflammation and other symptoms. By using specialist imaging equipment, the radiologist can see precisely where to inject, ensuring accuracy and maximum effectiveness of the treatment.