WHAT ARE INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES?

Interventional procedures can include:

  • Joint Injections – a steroid and local anaesthetic is injected into a sore joint for pain relief
  • Nerve Blocks – a steroid and local anaesthetic is injected next to certain nerve groups for pain relief
  • Biopsies – tissue samples are taken and sent to pathology for diagnosis
  • Drainages – excess fluid that should not be present is drained from the body
  • Line placement – for example, a PICC line, to administer medications 
  • Stent placement – placed inside a tubular structure (e.g. artery) to expand the lumen (internal diameter)
  • Embolisation – destroying cancerous or abnormal tissues using heat, medications or radiowaves

Our specially trained radiologists perform these procedures using aseptic (sterile) techniques. Image guidance is used so the radiologist can visualise the procedure, to ensure that intervention is precisely administered to the correct position. Various image guidance techniques are used, including:

  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Fluoroscopy (x-ray)
DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes. Procedure times can vary, depending on what is being performed. We ask if you could please call us to make an appointment or come in and arrangea suitable time.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Complications from interventional procedures performed under image guidance are rare, but can include:

  • Bleeding – at the intervention site. A small amount of bleeding is common, however high risk patients include those with bleeding disorders and taking blood-thinning medication may experience excessive bleeding. High risk patients should notify staff at the time of booking.
  • Nerve Damage – can occur as a result of trauma from direct needle contact with the nerve. We use image guidance to minimise this risk.
  • Infection – is rare but potentially serious. If you experience fever, localised heat, swelling or increase pain at the intervention site more than 48 hours later, you should consult your doctor without delay. Antibiotic treatment may be necessary.
  • Radiation – image guidance under CT or X-ray involve minor exposure to ionising radiation. In this case the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

  • Are pregnant, or suspect you are.
  • Are currently taking any blood-thinning or anti-coagulation medications, such as Warfarin, Aspirin or Platelet Inhibitors.
  • Have ever experienced a severe reaction to a previous injection of contrast media.
  • Are allergic to any prescribed medication.
  • Suffer from asthma.
  • Are a diabetic.
  • Have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Referral from your doctor.
  • Recent blood test results.
  • Previous films and/or reports. If you have had a previous examination in any of our 
  • practices, these can be electronically retrieved and you do not need to bring them with you.
  • Medication if you are asthmatic or diabetic.
  • Method of payment, including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.
  • For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.
WHO WILL PERFORM MY INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURE?

A qualified and specially trained radiologist will perform the procedure, with assistance from a radiographer or sonographer for image guidance. A qualified nurse may also be present to assist with the procedure.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURE?

The details of the procedure can vary, depending on what type of procedure you are having done. Please refer to the information sheet for your specific procedure.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURE?

Preparation for Interventional Procedures can vary, depending on what type of procedure you are having done. Please refer to the information sheet for your specific procedure. Please note that the information sheets are provided as a generic guide for your convenience. You should confirm your preparation requirements with our staff at the time of booking.

 

CONTACT US

Ashfield

9716 3600

Campsie

 8042 3000

Drummoyne

9911 6800

Five Dock

8705 8300

Hurstville

9598 0100

Newtown

8228 9000

North Strathfield

8282 8100

North Sydney (Mater Imaging)

9955 4466
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