Our experienced medical staff responds to a recent patient question about the use of X-ray during interventional pain management procedures:
“Why do we use fluoroscopy (x-ray) during procedures for chronic back and neck pain?”
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous x-ray image on a monitor. It is used so that Dr. Sakai can advance the needle to a precise location. After the needle is accurately placed, Doctor Sakai will inject contrast (x-ray dye) to see where the dye spreads within the epidural space if, for example, he is performing an epidural steroid injection (ESI) for back pain. This technique is used to prove that the needle is correctly placed in the ideal location for the medication to be the most effective in treating the source of pain; after this step is preformed the steroid is then injected into the epidural space.