What are Interventional Procedures?
Interventional procedures are performed under imaging guidance (usually an ultrasound or CT) to accurately target the specific area, minimising risk for improved outcomes. The specialist radiologist performs these examinations, and our staff provide support during the procedure. Sometimes you will need to stay in the clinic post-procedure for observation, and you may be requested to bring a family member or friend to drive you home afterwards.
Interventional procedure availability varies from clinic to clinic, with some of our larger clinics offering a wider range of procedures. The tests offered sometimes relate to a specialty area of a particular radiologist.
What do you need to bring to your appointment?
- Your referral form
- Medicare card or any concession cards
- Any prior imaging
Is an appointment required?
Yes, all interventional procedures at our practices require an appointment.
What Interventional Procedures are offered at Direct Radiology clinics?
Direct Radiology’s experienced Radiologists provide an extensive range of Interventional Procedures including:
- Euflexxa Injections
- PRP Injections
- Therapeutic Corticosteroid Injections
- CT Shoulder Hydrodilatation
- Biopsies (Breast, Thyroid, Lymph Node)
- Fine Needle Aspirations (Breast, Thyroid, Lymph Node)
- Drainages and Aspirations
- Implanon Removal
- Foreign Body Removal
- CT Facet Joint/Nerve Root Injection and Epidural Injections
- Specialised Women’s Ultrasound Infusions (Pelvic Saline or Pelvic ExFoam Infusions)
- Epidural Injection –
- Nerve Root Sleeve Injection
When is the next availability for interventional procedures?
You will need to check the availability for your specific interventional procedure with your preferred Direct Radiology practice.
What are the limitations around driving after procedures?
This will depend on the interventional procedure performed. At the time of your booking, our team will let you know of any limitations around driving post your procedure and answer any other questions around the procedure and recovery instructions.
How long does it take for the injection to work?
This will be dependant on several factors that your GP and our team will take you through prior to your appointment.
Do I need a new referral, or can I just use the same referral from a previous appointment?
You will need to obtain a new referral from your GP or specialist prior to making an appointment. Referrals are only valid for one procedure unless otherwise stated for a course of treatment.