Please report to Admitting 15 minutes before your scheduled exam time.
PREP: No prep is needed. If you are on a blood thinner or have had a previous allergic reaction to x-ray dye, inform your doctor. If you think you are pregnant, please tell your doctor. This procedure may be harmful to the fetus.
PURPOSE: A joint injection is an x-ray procedure where an injection of medication is put into the joint space of interest. This injection will help in the diagnosis and treatment of your pain or medical condition.
WHAT TO EXPECT: You will be asked to sign a consent form. You will be positioned on the x-ray table. The area of concern will be cleansed and a local anesthetic will be injected to numb the area. This will sting. A needle will be inserted into the joint space. You will feel the pressure of the needle. Medication will be injected through the needle and then the needle will be removed.
POST EXAM INFORMATION: Your personal physician will discuss the results of this test with you. Please make arrangements for someone to drive you home.
TIME FRAME: Approximately 30 minutes.