XRA Medical Imaging has the capabilities to go beyond imaging our patients. Using image-guided techniques, our radiologists are able to perform thyroid biopsies, breast procedures, and many types of musculoskeletal procedures.
The procedure only takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and there is minimal to no pain. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area and we create an atmosphere that is soothing and relaxing for the patient.
A single site biopsy takes approximately 20 minutes to perform. If there are multiple sites, the procedure will take a little longer.
Absolutely. Once your procedure is complete, you are able to resume nearly all daily activities.
The biopsy samples are sent to pathology immediately after the procedure. The pathology department will process, prepare, and review the cells within about 3 business days.
No, a biopsy is performed to better evaluate an area of tissue. Many biopsies come back as benign, but we need to do the biopsy in order to be certain of what the cells in question are.
Yes. You should go to a place where you are comfortable, that provides a caring environment, and that has physicians that are experienced and proficient in performing such procedures. Dr. Levy and Dr. Blechman personally perform all of the biopsies at XRA, and combined have likely performed over 5,000 breast procedures.
We perform pain injections into many joints including the hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, iliopsoas bursa, pubic symphysis, and sacroiliac joints. We do inject other joints as well, but these are the most common.
We also perform arthrograms, which require contrast to be within the joint before the test.
Depending on the joint, the procedure can take anywhere from approximately 10 minutes to 25 minutes and there is minimal to no pain. We use local anesthetic to numb the area, and create an atmosphere that is soothing and relaxing for the patient
Every patient is different, and the length of relief depends on the cause of the pain, but typically the injections can last 3 to 6 months.
You can safely have 2 to 3 pain injections into a joint within the same year.
With most joint injections, there is minimal to no soreness following the injection. However, some patients do experience some pain later in the day after certain injections, such as the hip joint. This pain tends to be a cramping, commonly compared to Charlie-horse type pain, and can last up to 24 hours. The pain can be a dull ache or sometimes a bad throbbing, but should completely resolve in about 24 hours. Therefore, it is recommended not planning anything important within 24 hours of a hip injection.