Interventional Radiology

This specialisation encompasses image guided procedures.

Guided procedures can include:

  • Joint injections- a steroid and local anaesthetic that is injected through a needle for pain relief. It includes extremities (arms and legs) and facet joints (spine).
  • Nerve blocks- a steroid and local anaesthetic that is injected through a needle next to certain nerve groups for pain relief and to identify the source of pain. It includes epidural and peri-neural injections.
  • Biopsies- tissue samples taken through a needle and sent to pathology for diagnosis.
  • Drainages- excess fluid that should not be present is drained from the body through a thin tube.