HSS Opens Center for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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Hospital for Special Surgery

On May 11, Hospital for Special Surgery opened its Center for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine, enabling the Department of Radiology to meet the growing demands for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using ultrasound.  Equipped with the latest technology and supported with expert staff, the new Center also serves as an educational resource and research facility for medical professionals.

“With the opening of the Center, HSS’ Department of Radiology and Imaging has achieved a goal which I envisioned when I took over as Chief,” said Helene Pavlov, MD, FACR, radiologist-in-chief, Department of Radiology and Imaging.  “The new center is helping to expand capacity, reduce patient wait times and improve quality care with enhanced diagnosis capabilities and specific treatment options.”

Ronald S. Adler, PhD, MD, chief, Division of Ultrasound, who was recruited in 1998 specifically for his clinical and research expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound, said, “Careful diagnosis and image-guided therapies offer many patients immediate relief and often delay or eliminate the need for surgery."  He continued, “The expansion is allowing us to focus our ongoing clinical work and research on innovative treatments, such as image-guided therapeutic injections to treat conditions such as tendonitis and arthritis.”

Thomas P. Sculco, MD, congratulated Dr. Pavlov for having the foresight and courage to introduce and sustain this innovative resource.  “It took Dr. Pavlov’s initiatives and support of the Board of Trustees to recognize the potential that ultrasound could have in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions.”

“We believe that this is the largest and most comprehensive facility of its kind, and we are honored to be a part of the opening of the new Center,” said Philips Medical Systems Vice President Scott Burkhart. “The team of ultrasound specialists at HSS continues to leverage the latest in technology, placing them at the forefront of diagnosis and treatment.”

The department features two custom made, high-end ultrasound systems that are designed to decrease user fatigue and improve workflow and department productivity.  These new systems capture the real-time motion of muscles and tendons and provide higher resolution for more well-defined images.

In addition to offering diagnostic and therapeutic clinical services, the Center will provide educational resources for radiologists, fellows, referring physicians and technologists through its Academic Center for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, which includes real-time procedure observation capabilities, an archive library, and research opportunities.

Additional staff include:
Ultrasound Preceptor, Amy Taylor, RT, Gregory R. Saboeiro, MD, and Carolyn M. Sofka, MD, who both completed HSS Fellowship training.

According to Dr. Pavlov, “All imaging is not created equal. Our goal is for HSS to shape the current and future direction of ultrasound as it relates to orthopaedics and rheumatology.”

To make an appointment, visit our Physician Referral Service page or call 877.606.1555.

About Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Radiology and Imaging
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Department of Radiology and Imaging, under the direction of Radiologist-in-Chief Helene Pavlov, MD, FACR, has the largest and most experienced academic musculoskeletal radiology faculty in the world, each with academic appointments at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The department focuses on both the imaging diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions/diseases and the treatment of specific conditions utilizing image guidance. More than 180,000 musculoskeletal examinations are performed annually, including: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US) and nuclear medicine (NM) in addition to conventional radiography (X-ray). The department also offers teleradiology services. All HSS radiologists are Board Certified by the American College of Radiology and have received numerous awards by honor and professional societies, including the Consumer's Research Council of America Guide to America's Top Radiologists.

About HSS
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. Hospital for Special Surgery is nationally ranked as No. 2 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and as among the best in geriatrics and neurology by U.S. News & World Report, and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In the 2006 edition of HealthGrades’ Hospital Quality in America Study, Hospital for Special Surgery received five-star ratings for clinical excellence in its specialties. A member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Hospital for Special Surgery provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at New York-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The hospital’s research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at http://www.hss.edu/.



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