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Intervention & Pain Management

Dr. Rose in the C-arm Fluoroscopy Room used for Radiological Intervention
(Myelography, Arthrography, Discography and Spinal Intervention).

These procedures are ordered for diagnosis and/or the therapeutic treatment of pain in areas of the spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar). In some instances, the spinal injection procedure is used in conjunction with another imaging exam, such as MRI or CT.

Some injections, such as myelograms, are purely diagnostic. They are performed to acquire additional information regarding pain symptoms so that your physician can establish the appropriate treatment.

Therapeutic procedures require the injection of a pain relief medication, such as an anesthetic or steroid, into the area of concern. These procedures have a diagnostic value as well. If the injected medication provides pain relief, the physician gains insight into the origin of the patient's pain.

Fluoroscopy (x-ray images that appear on a television-like monitor) is used to guide the placement of the needle that delivers the pain medication or contrast material to the area of concern. The contrast material verifies accurate placement of the needle while the medication attempts to provide pain relief.

Rose Radiology Centers, Inc. (RRC) provides the following injection procedures:

  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Selective Nerve Root Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Myelography
  • Arthrography
  • MRI Arthrography
  • Discography
  • Trigger Point Injections

These procedures vary widely. An RRC technologist will contact you before your exam to give you specific instructions on your procedure. Please note, due to the effects of some medications, you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure. Please make the necessary arrangements in advance. A technologist will give you information and instructions on potential after-effects from the local anesthetic and medications associated with your procedure.

These procedures usually take between 30 and 60 minutes.

Please refer to our FAQ - Intervention & Pain Management section for additional questions & answers.

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