Fluroscopic Joint Injections
Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique commonly used to obtain real-time moving images of the internal structures of a patient through the use of a fluoroscope. A fluoroscope consists of an x-ray source and fluorescent screen between which a patient is placed. Fluoroscopes couple the screen to an x-ray image intensifier and video camera allowing the images to be recorded and played on a monitor. This technique is used to inject joints such as shoulder, hip, ankle, wrist and the sacroiliac. By using fluoroscopy, the needle placement can be seen allowing the desired joint to be injected. The joint can be injected with local anesthetic, and corticosteroids for pain relief. Degenerative joints can be injected with visco-supplementation or hyualuronate using the fluoroscope to confirm appropriate placement.