Injections – What to Expect

Sometimes as part of your treatment you may be referred for a steroid injection. Injections are used to help reduce inflammation and pain to allow you to move more freely. Injections are performed by a specially trained Advanced Practitioner in the MSK department.

Diagnostic Scans – What to Expect

We do not routinely use diagnostic scans to diagnose a condition. They are more commonly used to support further management such as surgical intervention. There are 6 different diagnostics our service refers for (explained below), these are performed by different services outside of MSK. We will send a referral to the appropriate service and they will contact you to arrange an appointment for your scan. Once we receive the results back from them (this usually takes up to 2 weeks) we will arrange a follow-up appointment for your clinician to discuss the results.

What Do These Scans Look At/Do?

Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. See nhs.uk/conditions/mri-scan for more information.
We commonly use MRIs to look at the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Ultrasound Scan (US)

Uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body. See nhs.uk/conditions/ultrasound-scan for more information.
We commonly use Ultrasounds to look at the muscles, tendons, and blood vessels.

Ultrasound Guided Injection (USGI)

Uses an ultrasound scan to guide a steroid injection to an exact place. See nhs.uk/conditions/steroid-injections for more information.
The injection can help reduce inflammation and pain, to help you move more freely.

Computed Tomography Scan (CT/CAT)

Uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. See nhs.uk/conditions/ct-scan for more information.
We use CT scans to look at bones and joints for a more detailed view than X-Rays.

X-Ray

Uses a type of radiation that can pass through the body to produce images of the inside of the body. See nhs.uk/conditions/x-ray for more information.
We commonly use X-Rays to look at bones and joints.

Blood Tests

Involve taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm and is one of the most common types of medical test. See nhs.uk/conditions/blood-tests for more information.
We commonly use Blood Tests to look for signs of swelling, or changes to bones.

How Long Will I Wait (approximately)

TypeRoutineUrgent
MRI4 weeks2 Weeks
Ultrasound Scan6 Weeks2 Weeks
Ultrasound Guided Injection8 Weeks6 Weeks
CT Scan8 Weeks8 Weeks
X-Ray (Crawley, Mid-Sussex & Brighton)Walk-In ServiceN/A
X-Ray (Horsham)1-2 weeksN/A
Blood TestWalk-In ServiceN/A

Who Do I Contact

If you have any questions or need to chase an appointment for a scan please call the number below for the type of scan and the area you are being seen in.

Medical Resonance Imaging (MRI)

All Locations/Areas
The Medical Imaging Partnership – 01293 534 043

Ultrasound Scan (US)

Crawley and Horsham
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare – 01737 768 511 extension 6018
Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex
The Medical Imaging Partnership – 01293 534 043

Ultrasound Guided Injection (USGI)

Crawley and Horsham
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare – 01737 768 511 extension 6018
Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex
The Medical Imaging Partnership – 01293 534 043

Computed Tomography Scan (CT/CAT)

Crawley and Horsham
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare – 01737 231 604
Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex
Brighton and Sussex University Hospital – 01273 523 040

X-Ray

Crawley and Horsham
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare – 01737 231 604
Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex
Brighton and Sussex University Hospital – 01273 523 040

Blood Tests

Crawley and Horsham
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare – 01293 600 300
Brighton & Hove and Mid Sussex
Brighton and Sussex University Hospital – 07342 083012