Advantages of CT versus Fluoroscopy

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Dillon: Understanding the advantages of CT guidance over fluoroscopy when treating facet arthropathy.

Facet Injection

  • Diagnostic or therapeutic
  • 25G needle
  • Fluoro or CT
  • Joint holds 1.0-1.5cc
  • Procedure
    • Intracapsular injection
    • Periarticular injection
    • Medial branch block
    • Medial branch RFA

RFA or radiofrequency ablation: electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to cauterize sensory nerves innervating the facet joint. 




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