The purpose of a CT guided injection is to administer a steroid medication to the joint or region causing you discomfort.
A Radiologist who uses the CT scanner to ensure the needle is in the correct position will perform the procedure.
You will be required to lie on the CT table for approximately 20-30 minutes. The skin is cleaned and the area numbed with local anaesthetic. Once the needle is correctly positioned the steroid medication and further local anesthetic are introduced into the area.
You may experience temporary numbness over the area for up to an hour following the injection. Some patients may be required to stay at Bay Radiology 30-40 minutes until the numbness has resolved.
There is a small risk of bleeding, especially if you are taking a blood thinner such as Warfarin and also a small risk of infection. If you are on a blood thinning agent, please notify us at least TEN days before the procedure.
It may take several days for the steroid injection to work, in the meantime we advise Panadol for discomfort. Following the procedure you should be able to drive home, however you may want to bring someone with you to drive. We advise you to have a quiet day and resume normal activities 24 hours after, as you feel able.