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Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.
At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.
Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.
Image guided joint injections are used to help control pain and discomfort in the joints. A steroid is injected directly into the joint, guided by x-rays or ultrasound. If this treatment is required, the referral will be made by our consultant orthopaedic surgeons.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to diagnose conditions that affect tissue and bone in any part of the body. It is carried out inside the scanner, a large tube, and can take between 15 and 90 minutes.
An ultrasound scan builds up a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves that cannot be detected by a human ear. A small, hand-held sensor is pressed carefully against the skin surface above the area to be viewed.
X-rays are used by medical professionals to see various parts of the human body to aid diagnosis. Diagnostic x-rays are a controlled form of radiation which is able to pass through the body, recording an image on a light-sensitive detector or computer screen.