Information for Patients
About the scan
A compressed or “pinched” nerve can cause significant pain and discomfort.
The region around a compressed spinal nerve can be injected with local anaesthetic and steroids under CT guidance in patients with sciatica, upper limb nerve pains and some forms of headaches.
Ultrasound guidance can be used to inject non-spinal sites where nerves are compressed causing pain or numbness.
Information we need before booking your appointment
We will require your referral from your Doctor and your Medicare Card. Our Admin team will ask you to complete some paperwork, so we have all your important details on file.
When making your booking, our team will ask you some questions about any allergies you may have, if you are on blood thinners etc. These questions are an initial screening check and will be used to ensure we make your appointment appropriately.
How to prepare before the scan
You will be given all the information about preparation at the time you make your booking.
You will require someone to drive you home after an Interventional procedure. When you arrive, you will be asked to read over and complete some paperwork (information about the procedure and a consent form). Your Radiographer/Sonographer will go over this in detail with you in the examination room.
What to expect during the scan
Our experienced staff will always take the time to explain the procedure to you and answer your questions. Following this, you will be placed in a comfortable position on the bed. For some injections, you may be required to lie on your stomach. Staff will set up a sterile procedure tray for any required equipment and may also perform some planning scans prior to the Radiologist commencing the procedure.
Time to complete the scan
Nerve Block procedures vary in length significantly depending on the type of injection being performed. Some could be as short as 15 minutes ranging through to almost 1 hour for a lengthy procedure.
What to do after the scan
Depending on the procedure you have, we may get you to stay in the practice for a short period of time following your injection to ensure you are feeling well. Our friendly clinical team members will then direct you back to a change room and on to the Front Reception from where you will be free to leave if you have completed all your examinations.
At ClinRad, like all private radiology practices, our billing is governed by Medicare and the rebates they provide. Unlike other private radiology clinics though, ClinRad will always endeavor to Bulk Bill you for any Nerve Block procedure possible provided you have a valid Medicare card. Please ask us for a quote at the time of booking.
About the results
Your images and report are sent to your referring Doctor. We recommend that you make an appointment with them to discuss your results.
About the equipment
At ClinRad we use one of the most up-to-date Ultrasound and CT Scanners on the market. This helps us to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality images, with the lowest possible radiation dose and the most benefit from your injection.
Safety and individual suitability of the scan
Our experienced Sonographers, Radiographers and Radiologist will always work with you and your referring practitioner to ensure you are having the imaging procedure that will provide the most relevant information and therapeutic benefit. Our staff will always take the time to fully explain the procedure to you, any risks and contraindications.
Safety and suitability of contrast agents
For some procedures, our Radiologist may use a contrast injection to confirm the correct positioning of the needle. If you have any concerns about the use of Contrast for your scan, or have any known allergies please discuss this with the Radiographer. Our staff will always ensure a safe environment for you and make sure that all necessary precautions are taken.