Radiology (Xray)

Ultrasound Guided Injection

Contact: RVI: (0191) 282 4330; Freeman Hospital: (0191) 223 1012

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We have received a request from your referring doctor for you to have an Ultrasound Guided Injection.  This webpage is designed to give you some information to help you prepare for your scan and to give you some idea of what to expect when you attend.

What is an Ultrasound scan?Show [+]Hide [-]


An Ultrasound scan is an examination in which sound waves (not heard by the human ear) are used to create a picture of organs within the body.  The picture can provide accurate information about the size, structure and movement of many parts of the body.

What preparation will I need?Show [+]Hide [-]


Usually none.  Printed instructions will be given to you with your appointment information if any preparation is required.

What if I cannot attend for my appointment?Show [+]Hide [-]


If your appointment time is not convenient please contact the relevant hospital department so that a more appropriate time can be arranged.  This will enable us to reallocate valuable scanning time to someone else.  Please call:

Freeman X-ray Appointments    0191 223 1012

RVI X-ray Appointments            0191 282 4330

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What does the examination involve?Show [+]Hide [-]


On arrival you will be asked to undress and put on a hospital gown.  Once in the examination room, you will lie on a couch next to the Ultrasound machine.  A doctor (Radiologist) will perform the scan, by placing a small amount of clear gel onto the skin and gently running a small probe, like a microphone, over the skin surface.  You may be asked to change your position slightly, and hold your breath from time to time.

The doctor who arranged for you to have this examination has asked the Radiologist to consider giving an injection as part of the test.  The Radiologist will explain whether an injection is necessary once they have scanned the area.  The injection, if necessary, will be of local anaesthetic and/or steroid medication.  The Radiologist will answer any questions you have about the injection at the time.  If you have concerns before the test, please contact the doctor who you saw in clinic who will be able to discuss the injection further with you. The pictures produced on the TV screen will be recorded on film or video and kept with your other x-ray films.

How long will it take?Show [+]Hide [-]

Usually between 5 and 30 minutes.

Are there any side effects?Show [+]Hide [-]


No side effects are known from Diagnostic Ultrasound. The Radiologist will explain any potential side effects due to the injection. 

Can I drive home?Show [+]Hide [-]


We advise that you do not drive home immediately after an injection.  You should arrange alternative transport.

What happens about the results?Show [+]Hide [-]


A report will be sent to the consultant or General Practitioner who asked for it to be done within two weeks of your examination.

I need an ambulance, do you arrange one?Show [+]Hide [-]


If you need an ambulance, you should ask your General Practitioner’s surgery to arrange one, but you will need to give them three working days notice.  Please inform the department if you are arriving by ambulance as we will arrange your appointment time to fit with ambulance arrivals.

Information from your diagnostic test will contribute to the Diagnostic Imaging Dataset. Show [+]Hide [-]


The Diagnostic Imaging Dataset (DID) is a database that holds information on the imaging tests and scans carried out on NHS patients. This will allow the Health and Social Care Information Centre to see how different tests are used across the country.

Nothing will ever be reported that identifies you.  All information is stored securely. It is only made available to appropriate staff, and is kept strictly confidential. However, if you do not want your information to be stored in the DID, please tell the people who are treating you. They will make sure your information is not copied into the DID.

You may, at a later date, still decide to opt out.  Please contact the Health and Social Care Information Centre directly, their contact details are:

Telephone: 0845 300 6016 



What if have any suggestions or complaints?Show [+]Hide [-]


Should you have any suggestions or concerns, please make these known to the person conducting your examination or by letter addressed to the hospital that you are attending your examination:

  • The Departmental Manager, X-ray Department, Level 3, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP
  • The Departmental Manager, Main X-ray Department, Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN

Tel: 0191 282 1099

Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00pm

All Newcastle Hospitals: Switchboard tel: 0191 233 6161 (24 hours)

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can offer on-the-spot advice and information about the NHS.  You can contact them on freephone 0800 032 02 02 or email

Information produced by: Dr G Hide, Clinical Directorate of Radiology.

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