Outpatient CT – targeted infiltration of the lumbar spine

CT (computed tomography) – targeted pain therapy is a highly effective and gentle treatment method. This pain therapy is particularly suitable for pain in the lumbar spine (herniated disc, bulging disc, wear and tear on small vertebral joints). With CT-based pain therapy, the inflamed nerves or vertebral joints are controlled with millimeter precision. The drug is then injected into the appropriate vertebral joint or along the inflamed nerve root. This reduces inflammation.

What are the benefits of CT pain therapy?

The great advantage of CT-targeted pain therapy is that the medication is administered precisely at the site causing the pain and the position of the infiltration needle is precisely checked with the help of computed tomography. With the precise infiltration, anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs are administered. Depot drugs with a long-term effect are used, with glucocorticoids having an anti-inflammatory and decongestant effect and the local anesthetic leading to pain relief.

How does a CT-targeted pain therapy work?

With a computer tomography scan, it is possible to pinpoint the origin of the pain in the spine or joint. For the treatment, the patient is placed on their stomach or back on the CT table and the site to be treated is determined. After disinfection of the skin, a mixture of a local anaesthetic and a cortisone preparation under CT control is injected with a thin injection needle.

The therapy is painless and can be carried out quickly. You can leave our institute after half an hour of observation, but you should not drive a vehicle yourself. You should take someone with you or have someone pick you up after the treatment.
Please note:
CT pain therapy is not suitable for pregnant women and nursing mothers. If you are taking blood-thinning medication (e.g. Aspirin, Sintrom or Marcoumar), prior consultation is required.

Pain infiltration at the spine costs 200,-€ per injection.

The health insurance company 
does NOT reimburse any costs.

Prim. Dr. MK. Michael Riedl and Dr. Heidrun Wöhrle perform CT-targeted infiltration at the Rudolfinerhaus Hospital, 1190 Vienna.

Additional costs may be charged by the hospital, about which we will inform you in due time.

Duration of treatment


Each treatment lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.

After a half-hour observation period, you can leave our institute again, but you should not drive a car yourself. You should bring a companion with you or be picked up after the treatment.


Please make an appointment
by telephone or in person.

How many sessions ?

Depending on the symptoms, CT-targeted infiltration may be repeated. This is to be discussed after consultation with our orthopedists in the Corpus practice community.