Interventional Radiology uses medical imaging to accurately inject cortisone into areas such as the shoulders, hands, hips and knees to manage pain effectively.

Our staff Radiologist, Dr Bob Marshall, offers a wide range of pain management procedures that involve the use the CT machine or ultrasound to precisely position the pain relief.


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Frequently Asked Questions and Concerns

How long before I notice a change in my level of pain?

This varies but generally you will notice a difference within 24-48 hours.

What do I need to do to prepare for my treatment?

Each procedure is different and the preparation will be different in each case. We will tell you what you may need to do prior to your appointment.

Is the treatment painful?

The amount of discomfort you may experience is usually mild since the needle we use is thin. You can talk to us about using a local anaesthetic to numb the skin if you desire.
Some discomfort may occur for a few days following the procedure. We will talk with you about what you can do if you feel some discomfort after your treatment.

What can I expect during my treatment?

Dr Marshall will determine which equipment is best suited to assist with your treatment. The imaging equipment aids Dr Marshall as he guides a fine needle to the needed the area. Further images may be taken at this stage to ensure that the needle is correctly positioned. Once the needle is in place, Dr Marshall will inject a small amount of local anaesthetic or cortisone.

What is Cortisone?

Cortisone is a type of steroid that is naturally produced by our body’s adrenal glands. Injecting synthetically produced cortisone (Celestone) directly to a painful area can have a much longer effect and in some cases diminish pain permanently.

Can I resume my normal activity after my treatment?

We recommend that you refrain from strenuous activity for one week after your treatment.

Are there any risks or side effects from the treatment?

There are minor risks. We will discuss any risks and possible complications with you prior to your procedure.

Please call us on 02 5525 3000 to book an appointment, ask any questions or to speak to one of our friendly front desk staff.

Alternatively, you may request a callback, and one of our staff can call you in the short while.

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Business Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 8am to 12pm
  • Sunday: Closed
In case of an emergency, please contact the Accident & Emergency department at Port Macquarie Base Hospital on 02 5524 2000 or call 000