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Musculoskeletal Imaging

The UC San Diego Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging Division offers leading-edge imaging of the spine and joints. Radiography, ultrasound, MRI and CT scanning provide detailed anatomy of structures to detect and evaluate diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Advanced imaging techniques provide additional insight into physiology, chemistry, physical structure, and function. The division is led by world-class faculty who are experienced in all aspects of MSK disease.

Division Faculty

Chang, Eric MDClinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Chung, Christine MDProfessor in Residence Musculoskeletal
Fliszar, Evelyne MDHS Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Gentili, Amilcare MDHS Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Huang, Brady MDHS Assistant Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Hughes, Tudor MDHS Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Pathria, Mini MDHS Clinical Professor and Division Chief Musculoskeletal
Resnick, Donald MDHS Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Sampath, Srihari MDHS Assistant Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Sampath, Srinath MDHS Assistant Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal
Smitaman, Edward MDHS Associate Clinical Professor Musculoskeletal

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News & Upcoming Events

6/25/2021 - 6/27/2021
Join Dr. Resnick and the UCSD MSK team for "Internal Derangement of Joints," this year focusing on the upper extremity! Register at Educational Symposia. We look forward to seeing you there!


Join some of the UCSD faculty for great learning opportunities at the upcoming ARRS meeting! Dr. Chung will be speaking Wednesday and covering MRI of the hand. Dr. Huang will be speaking Tuesday and covering ultrasound of the wrist. For more info, go to the ARRS meeting website!


Blast from the past! Dr. Goodwin, a former 93-94 fellow and recently retired staff from Dartmouth delivers an excellent and practical lecture about ankle trauma! 

Former fellow, Dr. Baldassarre tackles the complex subject of imaging of acetabular fractures.


Dr. Huang will lend his expertise in this 2-part lecture series focusing on brachial plexus 1) anatomy and 2) pathology. Tune into the UCSD Grand Rounds and San Diego Radiological Society for each lecture part.

Recent Publications

Patel S, Chung CB (2021). Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Elbow. In F Azar (Ed.). Orthopaedic Knowledge Update®: Sports Medicine (6th ed., pp. 775-781). Wolters Kluwer Health.

Huang BK (2021). Imaging of the Hip. In F Azar (Ed.). Orthopaedic Knowledge Update®: Sports Medicine (6th ed., pp. 783-800). Wolters Kluwer Health.

Hu B, Chung CB (2021). Imaging of the Foot and Ankle. In F Azar (Ed.). Orthopaedic Knowledge Update®: Sports Medicine (6th ed., pp. 811-820). Wolters Kluwer Health.

Identifying the axillary nerve during shoulder surgery: an anatomic study using advanced imaging. JSES Int. 2020 Dec; 4(4):987-991. Hachadorian ME, Mitchell BC, Siow MY, Wang W, Bastrom T, Sullivan TB, Huang BK, Edmonds EW, Kent WT. PMID: 33345245.

Practical ultrasonographic technique to precisely identify and differentiate tendons and ligaments of the elbow at the level of the humeral epicondyles: anatomical study. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Dec 11. Omoumi P, Gondim Teixeira PA, Ward SR, Trudell D, Resnick D. PMID: 33313976.

Dysbaric osteonecrosis (DON) among the artisanal diving fishermen of Yucatán, Mexico. Diving Hyperb Med. 2020 Dec 20; 50(4):391-398. Popa D, Medak A, Chin W, Huchim-Lara O, Fliszar EHughes T, Grover I. PMID: 33325021.

Detecting Articular Cartilage and Meniscus Deformation Effects Using Magnetization Transfer Ultrashort Echo Time (MT-UTE) Modeling during Mechanical Load Application: Ex Vivo Feasibility Study. Cartilage. 2020 Dec 08; 1947603520976771. Jerban S, Kasibhatla A, Ma Y, Wu M, Chen Y, Guo T, Wan L, Szeverenyi N, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 33289401.

High-Density Mineralized Protrusions and Central Osteophytes: Associated Osteochondral Junction Abnormalities in Osteoarthritis. Diagnostics (Basel). 2020 Dec 05; 10(12). Lombardi AF, Tang Q, Wong JH, Williams JL, Jerban S, Ma Y, Jang H, Du J, Chang EY. PMID: 33291470.

Greater trochanteric fractures with lntertrochanteric extension identified on MRI: What is the rate of displacement when treated nonoperatively? Injury. 2020 Nov; 51(11):2648-2651. Kent WT, Whitchurch T, Siow M, Mitchell B, Chun L, Bardesi J, Huang B. PMID: 32792156.

Periosteal stripping in high ankle sprains: An association with osteonecrosis. Clin Imaging. 2020 Nov; 67:237-245. Baldassarre RL, Pathria MNHuang BK, Dwek JR, Fliszar EA. PMID: 32871428.

Identification and Characterization of the Intra-Articular Microbiome in the Osteoarthritic Knee. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Nov 16; 21(22). Tsai JC, Casteneda G, Lee A, Dereschuk K, Li WT, Chakladar J, Lombardi AF, Ongkeko WM, Chang EY. PMID: 33207573.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria® Acute Trauma to the Ankle. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Nov; 17(11S):S355-S366. PMID: 33153549.

Failing Up the Core Exam. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Oct 17. Chong A, Smitaman E, Kagetsu NJ, Kamath A. PMID: 33080183.
Assessment of mechanical properties of articular cartilage with quantitative three-dimensional ultrashort echo time (UTE) cones magnetic resonance imaging. J Biomech. 2020 Oct 24; 113:110085. Namiranian B, Jerban S, Ma Y, Dorthe EW, Masoud-Afsahi A, Wong J, Wei Z, Chen Y, D'Lima D, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 33147490.

An Update in Qualitative Imaging of Bone Using Ultrashort Echo Time Magnetic Resonance. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020; 11:555756. Jerban S, Chang DG, Ma Y, Jang H, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 33117275.

Using machine learning of clinical data to diagnose COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2020 09 29; 20(1):247. Li WT, Ma J, Shende N, Castaneda G, Chakladar J, Tsai JC, Apostol L, Honda CO, Xu J, Wong LM, Zhang T, Lee A, Gnanasekar A, Honda TK, Kuo SZ, Yu MA, Chang EY, Rajasekaran MR, Ongkeko WM. PMID: 32993652.

Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cortical and Trabecular Bone. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2020 Aug; 24(4):386-401. Jerban S, Ma Y, Wei Z, Jang H, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 32992367.

Advanced Quantitative MSK Imaging. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2020 08; 24(4):335-336. Chang EY, Oei EHG. PMID: 32992362.

Imaging of the Acromioclavicular Joint: Anatomy, Function, Pathologic Features, and Treatment. Radiographics. 2020 Sep-Oct; 40(5):1355-1382. Flores DV, Goes PK, Gómez CM, Umpire DF, Pathria MN. PMID: 32762593.

The Pancreatic Microbiome is Associated with Carcinogenesis and Worse Prognosis in Males and Smokers. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Sep 18; 12(9). Chakladar J, Kuo SZ, Castaneda G, Li WT, Gnanasekar A, Yu MA, Chang EY, Wang XQ, Ongkeko WM. PMID: 32962112

Quantitative Ultrashort Echo Time (UTE) Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Bone: An Update. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2020; 11:567417. Ma YJ, Jerban S, Jang H, Chang D, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 33071975.

Influence of Intratumor Microbiome on Clinical Outcome and Immune Processes in Prostate Cancer. Cancers (Basel). 2020 Sep 05; 12(9). Ma J, Gnanasekar A, Lee A, Li WT, Haas M, Wang-Rodriguez J, Chang EY, Rajasekaran M, Ongkeko WM. PMID: 32899474.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the elbow. Pol J Radiol. 2020; 85:e440-e460. Lombardi A, Ashir A, Gorbachova T, Taljanovic MS, Chang EY. PMID: 32999696.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder. Pol J Radiol. 2020; 85:e420-e439. Ashir A, Lombardi A, Jerban S, Ma Y, Du J, Chang EY. PMID: 32999695.

Myelin Imaging in Human Brain Using a Short Repetition Time Adiabatic Inversion Recovery Prepared Ultrashort Echo Time (STAIR-UTE) MRI Sequence in Multiple Sclerosis. Radiology. 2020 11; 297(2):392-404. Ma YJ, Jang H, Wei Z, Cai Z, Xue Y, Lee RR, Chang EY, Bydder GM, Corey-Bloom J, Du J. PMID: 32779970.

Rapid single scan ramped hybrid-encoding for bicomponent T2* mapping in a human knee joint: A feasibility study. NMR Biomed. 2020 Nov; 33(11):e4391. Jang H, McMillan AB, Ma Y, Jerban S, Chang EY, Du J, Kijowski R. PMID: 32761692.
Tobacco, but Not Nicotine and Flavor-Less Electronic Cigarettes, Induces ACE2 and Immune Dysregulation. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Jul 31; 21(15). Lee AC, Chakladar J, Li WT, Chen C, Chang EY, Wang-Rodriguez J, Ongkeko WM. PMID: 32752138.

Volumetric imaging of myelin in vivo using 3D inversion recovery-prepared ultrashort echo time cones magnetic resonance imaging. NMR Biomed. 2020 Jul 20; e4326. Ma YJ, Searleman AC, Jang H, Fan SJ, Wong J, Xue Y, Cai Z, Chang EY, Corey-Bloom J, Du J. PMID: 32691472.

Fast quantitative three-dimensional ultrashort echo time (UTE) Cones magnetic resonance imaging of major tissues in the knee joint using extended sprial sampling. NMR Biomed. 2020 Jul 15; e4376. Wan L, Ma Y, Yang J, Jerban S, Searleman AC, Carl M, Le N, Chang EY, Tang G, Du J. PMID: 32667115

Ultrashort echo time quantitative susceptibility mapping (UTE-QSM) for detection of hemosiderin deposition in hemophilic arthropathy: A feasibility study. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Jul 14. Jang H, von Drygalski A, Wong J, Zhou JY, Aguero P, Lu X, Cheng X, Ball ST, Ma Y, Chang EY, Du J. PMID: 32662904

Distal insertional anatomy of the triceps brachii muscle: MRI assessment in cadaveric specimens employing histologic correlation and Play-doh® models of the anatomic findings. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Jul; 49(7):1057-1067. Negrão JR, Mogami R, Ramirez Ruiz FA, Wagner FV, Haghighi P, Ward SR, Resnick DL. PMID: 31993688

High-Resolution MRI of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint: Gross Anatomy and Injury Characterization. Radiographics. 2020 Jul-Aug; 40(4):1107-1124. Hallinan JTPD, Statum SM, Huang BK, Bezerra HG, Garcia DAL, Bydder GM, Chung CB. PMID: 32412828

Is There a Role for Cartilage Imaging in Athletes? Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2020 Jun; 24(3):246-255. Yamamoto A, Levine BD, Padron M, Chung CB. PMID: 32987423.

MR imaging pattern of tibial subchondral bone structure: considerations of meniscal coverage and integrity. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Jun 26. Ariyachaipanich A, Kaya E, Statum S, Biswas R, Tran B, Bae WC, Chung CB. PMID: 32591855

Posttraumatic subarachnoid fat embolism: Case presentation and literature review. Clin Imaging. 2020 Jun 20; 68:121-123. Chaturvedi R, Williams A, Farid N, Retson T, Smitaman E. PMID: 32592972

Mallet hallux injury: A case report and literature review. Clin Imaging. 2020 Jun; 62:33-36. Biondetti P, Dalstrom DJ, Ilfeld B, Smitaman E. PMID: 32044577
Shoulder Tumor/Tumor-Like Lesions: What to Look for. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2020 May; 28(2):301-316. Hallinan JTPD, Huang BK. PMID: 32241665.

Manubrial pseudolesion: a secondary sign of thoracic outlet syndrome. Clin Imaging. 2020 May 16; 66:98-100. Shroads MR, Weihe E, Smitaman E. PMID: 32464509
Tears in the distal superficial medial collateral ligament: the wave sign and other associated MRI findings. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 May; 49(5):747-756. Boutin RD, Fritz RC, Walker REA, Pathria MN, Marder RA, Yao L. PMID: 31820044

Osteochondroma of the temporal styloid process: a common disease in a rare but vulnerable location. Clin Imaging. 2020 Apr 19; 65:5-7. Chaturvedi R, Lin GY, Wang W, Smitaman E. PMID: 32344289

Pectoralis major tendon and enthesis: anatomic, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasonographic, and histologic investigation. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Mar 10. Huang BK, Wong JH, Haghighi P, Wan L, Du J, Chang EY. PMID: 32169467

Accessory anterolateral talar facet associated with tarsal coalition: prevalence and cross-sectional characterization. Skeletal Radiol. 2020 Mar; 49(3):417-424. Alqahtani E, Fliszar E, Resnick DL, Huang BK. PMID: 31402414.

Radiographic/MR Imaging Correlation of the Shoulder. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2019 Nov; 27(4):575-585. Goes PCK, Pathria MN. PMID: 31575394

Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity: Anatomy, Biomechanics, Staging, and Imaging Findings. Radiographics. 2019 Sep-Oct; 39(5):1437-1460. Flores DV, Mejía Gómez C, Fernández Hernando M, Davis MA, Pathria MN. PMID: 31498747.

Standard and Advanced Imaging of Hip Osteoarthritis. What the Radiologist Should Know. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2019 Jun; 23(3):289-303. Huang BK, Tan W, Scherer KF, Rennie W, Chung CB, Bancroft LW. PMID: 31163503

Development and Reliability of the Joint Tissue Activity and Damage Examination for Quantitation of Structural Abnormalities by Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Hemophilic Joints. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Jun; 38(6):1569-1581. Volland LM, Zhou JY, Barnes RFW, Kruse-Jarres R, Steiner B, Quon DV, Bailey C, Hughes TH, Moore RE, Chang EY, von Drygalski A. PMID: 30371941

Pes Anserinus: Anatomy and Pathology of Native and Harvested Tendons. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2019 11; 213(5):1107-1116. Curtis BR, Huang BK, Pathria MN, Resnick DL, Smitaman E. PMID: 31361527