Ultrasound Guided Injections

When performing guided injections into joints, tendons and bursas, Ultrasound is extremely helpful in heightening accuracy of needle placement which improves the effectiveness of the injection.

Please advise us beforehand

If you are on anticoagulants such as Warfarin or if you are a diabetic as some injections may effect your sugar levels.

If you are, or may be, pregnant.

Preparation

No preparation.

What happens during the procedure

You may be asked to change into a gown and be comfortably positioned so that the area being examined is most accessible. Ultrasound scans are taken to locate the exact position. The skin in the area is sterilised with antiseptic and a local anaesthetic is given. The injection is then performed, being guided into the correct area via ultrasound.

How long does it take?

Approx 15-30 minutes.

After your examination

If local anaesthetic has been used, you may not feel any pain for a few hours. Depending on the type of injection, you may not be able to drive for approx 6 hours afterwards.

Your images and report

After your examination, the most pertinent images from your study will be available on the myPRP patient portal. A report, along with the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. PRP will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.
 
Please bring any previous X-rays with you.
 
It is important that you return to your doctor with your examination results. Whether they are normal or abnormal, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.