Special Image-Guided Radiology Procedures

At Delaney Radiology, our providers perform several types of minimally invasive, image-guided radiology procedures for specialized diagnostic or treatment purposes. This includes:

  • Therapeutic Joint Injection—In a procedure that has both diagnostic and pain management purposes, a provider injects an anesthetic and steroid into the joint. The response to the injection determines whether the targeted joint is the cause of the pain, while also providing temporary pain relief that can last from hours to months.
  • Facet Injection—In this procedure a precise injection of anesthetic and steroid is administered into the small joints of the neck or back. The purpose is to determine if the facet joint is the cause of pain (as determined by response to injection) and to obtain pain relief lasting hours to months. There are two facet joints at each spinal segment with five lumbar (lower back) segments and seven cervical (neck) segments. Often, multiple injections are performed at different segments to identify which segments are generating pain. The procedure is very important for precise diagnosis and treatment of neck and low back pain.
  • Soft-tissue Biopsy—In this procedure a small amount of anesthetic is administered to numb the area. A scalpel is used to remove a small sample for diagnostic purposes or remove the whole area of concern. The sample is then sent to a lab to determine the make-up of the area of concern.
  • Superficial Drainage Procedures—In this procedure, a small amount of anesthetic is administered to numb the area of interest. A needle is inserted to removed fluid filled cysts. Removing fluid will provide relief from pain, pressure and discomfort.

For further detail about facet injections, visit the RadiologyInfo Facet Injection page.