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The Musculoskeletal Radiology Division at Jefferson is one of the largest and best-known groups in the country. We serve as consultants to the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers; the Pennsylvania Ballet; and numerous visiting professional athletes and performers.

In addition to internationally recognized expertise in musculoskeletal imaging, we offer a wide variety of minimally invasive procedures, some of which are not offered by anyone else in the region. Our staff has authored numerous books and chapters and are widely sought-after lecturers and editorial contributors.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Services Available

  • Arthrography and diagnostic/therapeutic joint injection/aspiration - Arthrography can be combined with CT or MRI. For suspected joint infection, aspiration can be performed. For painful joints anesthetic and steroid can be injected. This technique can also be used if it is unclear whether pain is from the joint. We have many scanners available to accommodate patient needs and comfort, including 3 Tesla high field and open scanners.
  • Advanced sports imaging - We have pioneered imaging diagnosis of many athletic injuries.
  • Multidetector CT (MDCT) - MDCT is excellent for visualization of bones and soft tissues.
  • CT arthrography - This study is especially useful when there is metal in the region which limits effectiveness of MRI, or when the patient has a contraindication for MRI.
  • Ultrasound imaging and procedures - We are one of the few centers in the country to provide a full range of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound. Ultrasound is an effective guide for procedures such as injection / aspiration of joints, bursas, ganglion cysts, and tendon sheaths; treatment of tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, calcific rotator cuff tendinitis and other chronic conditions.
  • Nuclear medicine - Includes DEXA, PET scan, PET-CT, bone scan (whole body/three phase), Gallium scan, labeled WBC
  • Discography - This procedure can be used in planning spine surgery in order to determine which disc is the actual pain generator.
  • Vertebroplasty - Vertebroplasty can be used for treatment of osteoporotic compression fractures as well as other pathology. The cement can stabilize the vertebral body against further collapse and reduced associated pain in 90% of patients within 24-48 hours.
  • Soft tissue biopsy - We have extensive experience in performing safe, pain-free biopsy of bone and soft tissue lesions and suspected infection. We utilize conscious sedation and imaging guidance to provide patient comfort while accurately localizing the biopsy site and avoiding potential complications.
  • Tumor ablation - We perform thermal radiofrequency ablation (destruction) of tumors including osteoid osteomas (benign but painful tumors that affect adolescents and young adults). Most osteoid osteoma patients have complete resolution of symptoms after one week.
  • Lumbar nerve block/facet joint injection - For diagnosis or treatment of lower back or radiating radicular pain.

Musculoskeletal Radiology Research and Education

Visit the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University for more on research and education.


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