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Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Radiology and Imaging Announces the Opening of the Center for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Department expands educational program for radiologists, technologists and referring physicians

New York, NY—May 10, 2006

With the opening of the Center for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Hospital for Special Surgery Department of Radiology and Imaging is uniquely equipped to meet growing demands for the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions using ultrasound. The new center also serves as an educational resource for medical professionals as well as a research test bed for the development and study of the latest in diagnostic and treatment methods using ultrasound.

“Over the past few years, our physician referral base and patient load have grown considerably,” said Helene Pavlov, MD, FACR, Radiologist-in-Chief, Hospital for Special Surgery. “The opening of the new center is helping to expand treatment capacity, reduce patient wait times and improve quality care by reducing the time to diagnosis and ultimately to treatment.”

“The expansion is also 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, arthritis and neuromas,” continued radiologist Ronald S. Adler, PhD, MD, Chief, Division of Ultrasound, Hospital for Special Surgery. “Image-guided injections continue to gain increased recognition because they are minimally invasive, offer many patients immediate relief and often delay or eliminate the need for surgery. Our experience demonstrates three times the response rate for neuroma injections compared to the literature reported for blind injections.”

Additionally, the department, in its new learning center, has developed an expanded observership program for radiologists, fellows, referring physicians and technologists interested in learning more about the latest in treatment and diagnostic imaging methods. Cameras installed in the ultrasound rooms enable the visualization of the latest musculoskeletal diagnostic and treatment methods performed by Dr. Adler and his team. This system, configured specifically to capture procedures in a digital format for real-time observation, facilitates enhanced learning and interactive discussion. On-demand recall is also available through the department’s growing library for later viewing.

In addition to the expanded learning center, the department has added two of the latest high-end ultrasound systems, which have been specially designed to help decrease user fatigue and improve workflow and department productivity. The newly added systems can capture the real-time motion of muscles and tendons and provide higher resolution for more well-defined images. Both of these features ensure accuracy in the diagnosis and treatment of patient conditions.

Common diagnostic and treatment procedures performed at the center include:

  • image-guided therapeutic injections to treat tendonitis, arthritis, neuromas and other conditions
  • image-guided aspiration of bursa, ganglions and cysts
  • diagnosis of tears in the shoulder using dynamic ultrasound techniques
  • evaluation of postsurgical healing for tendon repair

Further, the Center will support the expansion of research into various ultrasound applications in the early diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic and rheumatologic 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 Scott Burkhart, Vice President, Philips Medical Systems. “The team of ultrasound specialists at HSS continues to leverage the latest in technology, placing them at the forefront of diagnosis and treatment.”

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, M.D., 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 | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.

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