Hospital for Special Surgery and GE Announce the Opening of the World's Largest Center Dedicated to Musculoskeletal MR Imaging

New York, NY—October 2, 2003

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) today announced the opening of its Center for Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, dedicated to optimized musculoskeletal MR imaging. In recognition of its extraordinary research and development of orthopaedic MR techniques, GE Medical Systems has recognized HSS as a premiere site.

"The opening of this Center advances the Hospital's commitment to providing the best care and treatment of patients as well as affirms our leadership position in musculoskeletal medicine. We will be providing patients with the most advanced musculoskeletal imaging technology to enhance our ability to provide the best orthopaedic and rheumatologic care in the world," said Dr. Thomas P. Sculco, Surgeon-in-Chief.

"GE Medical Systems recognizes the remarkable accomplishments of Hospital Special Surgery and our internationally recognized medical staff. This is a mutually beneficial relationship for HSS and GE Medical Systems. Together we will deliver world class care to our patients that is without equal," added John R. Reynolds, President & CEO.

"At HSS, the Department of Radiology and Imaging performs over 125,000 radiology exams per year, including over 11,000 MRIs," reported Dr. Helene Pavlov, Chief of the Department of Radiology & Imaging. "We have always been recognized for our unique and cutting edge approach to orthopaedic imaging. This Center reinforces the outstanding reputation of the imaging services provided at HSS and clearly establishes us as the only academic MRI facility completely focused and dedicated to clinical and research expertise in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. It is the largest orthopaedic-dedicated MRI facility in the world."

Dr. Hollis G. Potter, Chief of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, stated, "GE recognizes the hospital's advancement in orthopaedic MR technology. GE Medical Systems has enabled the Hospital for Special Surgery to bring musculoskeletal imaging to a level of care and service to patients that is unparalleled."

"The Hospital for Special Surgery has long been recognized as a leader in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic medicine," said Joseph Hogan, president and CEO of GE Medical Systems. "Patients will benefit the most by this combination of advanced MR technology in the hands of pioneering clinicians."

HSS has added two new MR units - a 1.5 Tesla Twin Speed and a 0.7 Tesla Open Speed unit, the only high field open unit in Manhattan, to our already existing two 1.5 Tesla units. A new GE Signa EXCITE 3.0 Tesla unit will be operational by first quarter 2004, which will make HSS the only hospital in the world to have five MRIs dedicated solely to musculoskeletal imaging. The addition of these units and the opening of the Center will allow Hospital for Special Surgery to provide more MR options to more patients.

Dr. Potter joined the Department of Radiology & Imaging at HSS 10 years ago and realized at that time that MRI could do more than was anticipated. Dr. Potter has developed and enhanced MRI technology by using smaller coils in conjunction with developing alternate pulse sequencing. "I had a sense that there was another direction to take with the use of alternative pulse sequencing which could enhance the images we were already producing, offering clinicians a better, more detailed view of the patient's problem area and a more accurate diagnosis," says Dr. Potter. "Through collaboration with surgeons and ongoing research, the MRI department is able to make technological advancements that generate the most accurate diagnoses available, allowing surgeons to focus on the therapeutic rather than diagnostic aspect of their surgeries."

At HSS, MR is used to detect the minute orthopaedic conditions in patients who have previously been told that their pain is "only in their head." Subtle cartilage injuries are routinely demonstrated without the use of intraarticular or intravenous contrast injection. Also, orthopaedic hardware and joint replacements are imaged routinely with excellent demonstration of the surrounding soft tissue structures. As a leader in MRI research, the HSS MRI division of the Department of Radiology & Imaging has developed new techniques that have been validated in literature and subsequently adopted by other MR facilities around the world.

According to Dr. Pavlov, "All MRIs are not created equal. The musculoskeletal MRIs at HSS are unparalleled in clarity and diagnostic interpretation."

In addition to MRI, the Department of Radiology and Imaging is a leader in all aspects of musculoskeletal imaging. Approximately 5,000 ultrasound procedures are performed annually of which half are targeted ultrasound guided localization of needle placement for pain management. The Department of Radiology & Imaging has 11 Board Certified musculoskeletal radiologists and performs diagnostic conventional radiographic, ultrasound, CT, and nuclear medicine examinations as well as image guided orthopaedic spinal, joint and periarticular therapeutic procedures under image guidance to help alleviate pain. The entire faculty of the Department has been recognized by the Castle Connolly Consumers Research Council of America's Guide to America's Top Radiologists (2003-2004 edition) and has academic appointments at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. The Department is dedicated to the future education, training and research in musculoskeletal imaging expertise providing on site observerships and also on-line physician and patient education at

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. 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


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