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Images in Anesthesiology  |   October 2019
Ultrasound-guided Medial Branch Blocks, Facet Joint, and Multifidus Muscle Injections: How It Is Done under One Needle Insertion Point!
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou and College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Guishan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan (C.P.C.C., J.-L.C., C.-S.H.), and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (A.S.).
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Article Information
Images in Anesthesiology / Radiological and Other Imaging / Regional Anesthesia
Images in Anesthesiology   |   October 2019
Ultrasound-guided Medial Branch Blocks, Facet Joint, and Multifidus Muscle Injections: How It Is Done under One Needle Insertion Point!
Anesthesiology Newly Published on October 31, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003043
Anesthesiology Newly Published on October 31, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1097/ALN.0000000000003043
Lumbar facet joint injections and medial branch blocks can be performed under computed tomography guidance.1  Musculoskeletal ultrasound has been shown to be an accurate guiding tool in performing these procedures as well.2  Song et al. have suggested that the lumbar multifidus muscle can be injected under ultrasound guidance in an out-of-plane approach.3  No publication has shown how to perform ultrasound-guided lumbar medial branch block, facet joint, and multifidus muscle injections under one needle insertion point. With the patient placed in a prone position and a pillow under the abdomen, a low-frequency curvilinear transducer is placed in a transverse plane to obtain the transverse paravertebral sonogram of the low back (images A and C).