Why Image Guidance
What is Image-Guidance?
Quite simply, the physician uses a low dose of X-ray (c-arm fluoroscope) or ultrasound to watch the needle aim for its target tissue / nerve.
The Needle Path:
Needles do not follow straight lines inside the body. They almost always deviate from the intended path. They curve & bend. This has been known for at least 25 years and published extensively on PubMed.
The Advantage is Clear:
You cannot see if you do not look. Why not use X-ray or ultrasound to make sure a needle goes to the target nerve, muscle, joint, or bursa?
Who is Trained for Image Guidance?
Anesthesiologists, Some Physiatrists, Some Sports Specialists, and Interventional Radiologists
The Standard of Care:
Spine Intervention Society (SIS)
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP)
Is Image-Guidance Used at Bloor Pain Specialists?
Yes! Of course we do. We care deeply about delivering quality care, taking care of our communities, and teaching future medical students and resident to continue to improve the field of interventional pain management.