What is Fluoroscopy?
Fluoroscopy is a form of X-ray imaging guidance that helps your doctor to locate the internal site where an injection is to be administered.
Fluoroscopy is like GPS navigation for the tip of a needle. GPS lets you know where you are in relation to your surroundings to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. When you use GPS, you’re less likely to take a wrong turn or to overshoot your stop, and you know precisely when you’ve arrived at your intended location.
Fluoroscopy provides real-time moving images of an injection needle working its way into your tissue.
Using X-ray imaging technology and a high-contrast fluid dye, fluoroscopy can help your doctor to locate the precise point where medication should be injected.
Fluoroscopy increases your doctor’s accuracy, and improves the efficacy of your treatment.
Needle placement is key
Steroid and epidural injections can provide an immense relief from chronic and acute orthopedic pain, but the treatment is only effective when it is correctly administered.
Most orthopedic pain originates in teeny, tiny, delicate spaces, either between joints or within the spinal canal. For this reason, accuracy in the placement of the needle is key.
Blind steroid and epidural injections are risky
The thickness of skin, muscle, fat, and other soft tissues varies widely from patient to patient, and navigating these waters can be dangerous.
Attempting to administer an injection without guidance is called doing it “blind.” According to a systematic review, up to 52% of caudal injections and 30% of lumbar injections were incorrectly placed when performed blind.
Fluoroscopic injections are safer and more effective
On the other hand, fluoroscopy with high-contrast dye can dramatically improve your doctor’s ability to correctly place your injection.
Even experienced physicians should use fluoroscopic guidance. In a study of over 300 caudal epidural injections, less-experienced doctors got the right spot only 50.6% of the time, and more-experienced physicians did only marginally better, getting it right 61.7% of the time.
Fluoroscopy at Nuvo Spine
Don’t gamble on your healthcare. Top radiologists have noted that “fluoroscopy is essential for correct placement of epidural steroid injection.” If you are considering injections for pain treatment, ask for a fluoroscopy.
The care team at Nuvo Spine wants to ensure that you’re getting the most effective treatment possible. Our expert physician will brief you on the details of fluoroscopy, and help you make the best decision for your health.