How the procedure works
- The health care professional asks you to lie on the examination table. They will help you position yourself in the best possible way, depending on the type of procedure. The radiologist then does an initial ultrasound and examines the affected area.
- If the radiologist judges that the infiltration may benefit you, they will inject a local anaesthetic (e. g. lidocaine) near the muscle or joint.
- They then inject the cortisone or viscosupplement.
To help you plan, keep in mind that the appointment can last from 20 to 30 minutes, even if the procedure itself takes only 10 to 15 minutes.
A medical prescription is required to perform this infiltrations.
The costs of this examination are covered by the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).
In the Medvue network of private clinics, the examination is at the patient’s expense and can be reimbursed by private insurance companies.