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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.


Michael Volpatt


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