Musculoskeletal Imaging

Musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging research is undertaken at both VGH (tumor, intervention) and UBC (sports medicine imaging, cartilage imaging) campuses, with the group comprised of Drs. Peter Munk (Head of Division), Savvas Nicolaou, Luck Louis, Gordon Andrews, and Bruce Forster. Areas of current enquiry include various aspects of MSK oncology, technical and outcome studies of vertebroplasty and cementoplasty, Radiofrequency ablation of MSK tumors, utility of field-of-play MSK ultrasound at the elite athletic level (including at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics), T2 relaxation of cartilage and its association with bone marrow edema and meniscal tear morphology, imaging of femoral acetabular impingement, and bone stress and athletic performance.

The research is supported with CIHR grants, and through collaboration with the Centre for Hip Health, Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre, and UBC Departments of Orthopedics and Rheumatology and UBC School of Human Kinetics. A total of four fellowship positions, two at each site, are available, and both residents and fellows play an integral role in research project design and development. Equipment available includes a biplane GE Neuroangiography unit used for vertebroplasties, Covidien/Valley lab Radiofrequency ablation units, 1.5T and 3.0T MR units, several 64-slice CT units, a peripheral QCT unit, multiple ultrasound units at all platforms, and, to be installed in late 2009, a dedicated research 0.3T weight-bearing MR unit for physiologic/kinematic imaging.