The musculoskeletal imaging and intervention (MSK) section diagnoses and treats patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, including inflammatory arthritis, orthopedic tumors and sports related conditions. In 2017, the section performed and interpreted approximately 44,000 MSK exams (excluding ER cases).
We have two full-time faculty members who focus entirely on diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of the skeleton, ligaments, muscles and joints. Our MSK radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology and have more than 25 years of subspecialty experience between them in virtually all applicable radiological techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound and x-ray.
In addition to an array of diagnostic studies, the MSK section performs approximately 12–24 interventional procedures each day between its outpatient facilities at Stony Point, the VCU Health Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Wellness Center at Short Pump, and inpatient services at the VCU Medical Center. The MSK section also performs spine procedures, including epidural steroid injections, selective nerve root blocks and facet injections.
Procedures and Technology
Our radiologists have extensive experience with minimally invasive imaging-guided procedures that include:
- Fluoroscopically-guided injections, aspirations and arthrograms for all large joints
- Diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided injections, aspirations and biopsies
- CT-guided injections, aspirations and biopsies
- Tumor ablations
- Epidural spine injections
Special procedures include:
- Bone Tumor Ablation
- Regional referral site for osteoid osteoma ablation
- 6-12 tumors treated per year
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Hands on experience for residents and fellows
- Twenty-five percent growth in procedure volume over last year
- Actively involved in basic and clinical ultrasound research
- Pain Procedures
- Fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided joint and spine procedures
- Safe and evidence-based approaches
The VCU Department of Radiology musculoskeletal imaging and intervention (MSK) section has numerous state-of-the-art technology, including:
- Five 3T Siemen MRI scanners
- Multiple Dual Source CT scanners
- Four 1.5T magnets
- Six multiple detector computed tomography scanners (MDCTs), including dual-energy CT (DECT)
- PET/CT scanner
- The full complement of Infrared (IR)/fluoroscopy equipment, ultrasound, computed radiology (CR) and digital radiology (DR) technology
The musculoskeletal imaging and intervention (MSK) fellowship emphasizes all aspects and modalities related to musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and imaging-guided intervention. We support two dedicated MSK fellows per year and an MRI fellow who may provide staffing in four- or six-month blocks. Working closely with physicians in other specialties such as orthopedics, rheumatology, rehabilitation and physical medicine, emergency medicine and oncology, our fellows use diagnostic imaging for diverse conditions such as sports related and other injuries, bone tumors, arthritis and joint replacement, infection and metabolic disease.Learn About Our Fellowship
Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention
Josephina A. Vossen, M.D., Ph.D.