Musculoskeletal Imaging

The Musculoskeletal Radiology Section provides state of the art imaging of disorders of the bones, joints, and associated soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities, including conventional radiography, computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

We are located in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) adjacent to the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology outpatient clinics. This facilitates communication and consultation with other physicians specializing in disease processes of the bones, joints and associated soft tissues. Conventional radiography is performed on-site by a team of specialized orthopaedic radiology technologists. In addition, using the Department’s sophisticated picture archiving and communication system, we can provide immediate interpretation of studies performed in the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital, Comer Children’s Hospital, and the Center for Care and Discovery.

The Section has extensive experience with diagnosing all varieties of disease of the musculoskeletal system, including trauma and sports medicine, arthritis, and bone and soft tissue tumors. As part of the University of Chicago Musculoskeletal Oncology Group, section faculty work closely with orthopaedic surgeons, pathologists, and other physicians to provide excellence in care to patients with benign and malignant tumors of bone and soft tissue. In addition to performing minimally-invasive bone and soft tissue biopsies under ultrasonographic and CT guidance, the section also uses radiofrequency ablation to treat painful lesions of bone, both benign and malignant. MR arthrography is routinely provided to all levels of athletes, achieving the most detailed imaging evaluation of joints possible. Injection of medications into joints, aspiration of cysts or infected fluid collections, and arthrography of prosthetic joints are among the many additional interventional procedures performed by our section. Our state-of-the art multi-channel CT scanners allow exquisite three-dimensional reconstructions of any body part, and are routinely requested by our surgeons performing complicated orthopaedic procedures or joint replacements.

Dedicated to the team-approach to patient care, we actively participate in weekly Orthopaedic and Rheumatology conferences in an effort to ensure collaborative services of the highest quality. In doing so, we are not only able to better correlate patients’ conditions and their imaging studies, but we provide consultative advice to our colleagues to ensure the safest and most accurate imaging examination.

Close collaboration with other members of the Musculoskeletal Oncology Group has resulted in publication of numerous papers in highly respected peer-reviewed journals focusing on diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors. Furthermore, the members of the Section have lectured and written articles on a multitude of topics including spinal trauma, knee injuries in athletes, arthritis, magnetic resonance imaging of the upper and lower extremities, and metabolic bone disease. As a result of their commitment to education, the members of the Section are highly regarded as educators by the medical students, radiology residents, musculoskeletal radiology fellows, and countless other physicians that they have enjoyed having the opportunity to teach.

Faculty

Gregory Scott Stacy, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Section Chief, Musculoskeletal Radiology

Larry Burton Dixon, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship

Christopher Straus, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Director, Medical Student Education

Stephen Thomas, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

For more information regarding musculoskeletal imaging, select from the RadiologyInfo.org links below.

Radiography (X-Ray) - Bone »

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Musculoskeletal »

Sonography (Ultrasound) - Musculoskeletal »

Arthrography »

Biopsies (Overview) »