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Radiology and Imaging

We enhance the quality of patient lives through cutting edge research in diagnostic imaging.

The Department of Radiology and Imaging is nationally and internationally recognized as the premier center for leading-edge musculoskeletal, orthopedic and rheumatologic clinical and research imaging. Our mission is to provide the highest quality diagnostic imaging for musculoskeletal conditions and to provide image-guided treatment options to support restoration of function and mobility. Our goal is to enhance the quality of patient lives through cutting-edge research in diagnostic imaging – in MRI, CT, ultrasound and interventional radiology – through the development of new techniques that optimize the early detection and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

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The Department of Radiology & Imaging facilities include a wide array of state-of-the-art imaging technologies to provide patients with clear and accurate results. Our highly experienced staff is available to answer any questions or give further explanation of our services.

Below is a list of the services offered:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

  • High-field (1.5T, 3T) MRI, including wide bore
  • MAVRIC (multiacquisition variable-resonance image combination) for all areas with metal presence
  • Nerve imaging
  • Cartilage imaging
  • Peripheral angiography (MRA/MRV)
  • MRI FAQs


  • Division of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound evaluation for muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve injury 
  • Ultrasound evaluation for arthropathy
  • Image-guided therapeutic injections for tendonitis, arthritis and neuropathy
  • Image-guided aspiration of joints, cysts and bursal sacs
  • Ultrasound FAQs

Computed Tomography (CT)


  • Spinal Procedures
    • Myelogram
    • Discogram
    • Facet Injection
    • Nerve Block
  • Cervical Procedures
  • Arthogram
  • Joint Injection
  • RFA
  • Biopsy
  • Aspiration 

Conventional Radiography (X-ray)

Bone Density

  • Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA, sometimes also called DXA)

MRI Research

HSS performs novel MRI research to aid in the early diagnosis of orthopedic conditions, the surgical planning, and the long term evaluation of patients with orthopedic diseases.

Learn more about the MRI Research Lab.

Ultrasound Research

The Division of Ultrasound at HSS boasts a five-room patient examination suite dedicated to musculoskeletal ultrasound. All ultrasound systems are equipped with high-resolution transducers and have capability to perform both strain (qualitative) and shear wave (quantitative) elastography. Our radiologists are principal investigators and co-investigators on numerous grant-funded research efforts originating within the Division of Ultrasound, and are well-published in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Interdepartmental collaborations at HSS have also expanded musculoskeletal ultrasound research into orthopedics, biomechanics and rheumatology. Current grant-funded ultrasound research topics include neurosonology, quantitative muscle and tendon imaging, and fracture healing.

Contact Information

Scheduling appointments: 212.774.7149
Scheduling a Bone Density (DEXA): 212.224.7935
Image Records: 212.606.1135
Insurance: 212.774.2607
Financial Assistance: 212.606.1505
Medical Records: 212.606.1254

Additional Information

Copies of the reports from your imaging examination can be obtained through your referring physician's office. The physician can call our Image Records Department at 212.606.1135. Reports can be faxed or mailed free of charge to their office. There is a $35 charge per CD for copies of your images which can hold several imaging examinations, or $12 per sheet of X-ray film. Please have your name, address, date of birth, date of service, and type of exam readily available.

For your protection, patients requesting images and/or reports are required to complete a Request for Release of Information and fax it to 212.774.2327. Patients may pick up reports and/or images personally with proper ID for verification at The Belaire Building Image Records Department located at 525 East 71st Street, Suite 4K, New York, NY 10021. We also offer free FedEx ground shipping. For additional information please call 212.606.1135.

The Department of Radiology and Imaging provides safety and security of all patients, employees and visitors in regard to medical imaging including radiation hygiene, interventional procedures performed under imaging guidance and the use of contrast agents for enhanced imaging outcomes. Administrative controls and oversight are in place to establish policies and procedures which assure safety and security.

Members of the Department of Radiology and Imaging are musculoskeletal-fellowship-trained, board certified radiologists specializing in the interpretation of radiological tests and diagnosis of disease. The bill from HSS Radiologists is for the personal professional consultative services of the individual radiologist.

The separate, Hospital bill is for technical charges to cover the costs of the equipment, supplies, and services performed by the radiology technicians and other Hospital personnel in regard to the radiological tests performed.

What your bills for radiology services represent:

Radiologist Bill
Charges cover radiologist consultations on one more of the following:

  • MRI
  • CT
  • DEXA
  • Conventional X-ray
  • Interventional procedures

Hospital Bill
Charges cover:

  • Services by radiology technicians other Hospital personnel
  • Medical supplies
  • Equipment
  • Use of facilities

Questions regarding your bill

For questions regarding the HSS Radiologists bill call 866.689.8865

For questions regarding the Hospital bill call:

Inpatient Services:
Last name starting with A - L: 212.606.1388
Last name starting with M - Z: 212.606.1034

Outpatient Services: 212.606.1772

Billing Information
If you have insurance coverage from Medicare, Medical Assistance, a participating managed care carrier or a commercial healthcare insurer, and you have provided complete financial information to the Hospital at the time you received services, we will submit a claim to your carrier on your behalf.

Radiologic Interpretation
All imaging studies performed at HSS are interpreted by a musculoskeletal-fellowship-trained, board certified radiologists with subspecialty experience in the manifestations of orthopedic and rheumatic conditions. Board certification in radiology requires years of training beyond medical school, internship, residency, fellowship, as well as the satisfaction of both written and oral examinations. Certification by the American Board of Radiology assures quality care, expertise in quality image acquisition and safe use of ionizing radiation and magnetic resonance.

Official interpretation by an experienced radiologist enables subtle X-ray findings (for example, infections, systematic diseases, tumors, fracture, etc.) to be detected early, before an abnormality has progressed to where it is more obvious and easier to recognize from the imaging. A delay in getting an accurate diagnosis can considerably, negatively affect treatment and, ultimately, patient outcomes. It also adds to patient discomfort, inconvenience and increased medical costs. This is why early, expert interpretation of imaging by an experienced radiologist is key.

Quality of care is top priority at HSS. In order to assure quality of care and patient protection, HSS follows The Joint Commission (TJC) in requiring an official interpretation and an authenticated report by a radiologist for all imaging procedures and examinations performed in an accredited hospital. HSS is an accredited hospital and official interpretations of imaging studies are conducted by board certified radiologists with subspecialty training. Images generated and acquired by HSS, and the reports on their interpretation, are maintained in the Hospital medical records.

The Board of Trustees, the HSS administration, and the physicians of HSS are dedicated to delivering excellent quality patient care but are also concerned with escalating medical costs. Keeping costs down while assuring that cost-containing restrictions do not jeopardize a person's health, well-being or access to quality care is the responsibility of every physician. The radiologists and the staff of the Department of Radiology and Imaging take pride in reviewing orders for imaging examinations so as to eliminate unnecessary examinations and to prevent redundancy.

As a dedicated musculoskeletal imaging facility, Hospital for Special Surgery's Department of Radiology and Imaging focuses all research, training, and the development of new techniques on optimizing the ability to image the earliest signs of a musculoskeletal condition, disease progression and/or healing.

Ravi Desai, MD
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Bhumin Patel, MD
Residency: Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis

Michael Roux, MD
Residency: Boston University

Thiru Sivakumaran, MD
Residency: McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Canada

Nick Vassos, MD
Residency: Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada

Class of 2018

  • Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania (CHOP)
  • Seattle VA (University of Washington residency program)
  • 4 private practice

Class of 2017

  • HSS
  • University of Albany
  • University of Michigan
  • 2 private practice

Class of 2016

  • HSS
  • Georgetown
  • Northwestern
  • 2 private practice

Class of 2015

  • HSS
  • 4 private practice

Class of 2014

  • HSS x 3
  • Northwell
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Ottawa
  • 1 private practice

Class of 2013

  • HSS
  • Johns Hopkins
  • NewYork-Presbyterian - Cornell
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia
  • 3 private practice

The fellows enjoy a robust conference schedule to round out their education. Allotted protected time for daily conferences is given. Thought to be unique to our program, radiology attendings regularly attend and participate in every conference. It is common for there to be at least 10 radiology attendings at every conference, with each adding his or her perspective on the presented topic. Conferences last at least one hour.

Protected conferences:

  • Mondays: Fellow/Attending presentation - General topics in MSK imaging with the fellow presenting for the first 20-30 minutes, followed by a radiology attending presenting cases on the said topic for 30-40 minutes.
  • Tuesdays: MRI conference given by department radiologists.
  • Every other Tuesday morning: Hands-on ultrasound tutorial with all ultrasound attendings present.
  • Wednesdays: Grand Rounds - Typically an attending from another service (orthopedics - sports/arthroplasty/hand/foot/pediatrics/etc., rheumatology, pathology).
  • Thursday noon conference: Case conference with lunch provided.
  • Friday conference: Interesting case conference. All interesting cases of the week are discussed. Every other Friday, the first 30 minutes of this conference are ultrasound lectures.

Additional conferences that fellows regularly attend:

  • Daily morning conference: Orthopedics
  • Every Thursday morning: Sports conference.
  • Every Friday morning: Memorial Sloan Kettering tumor board.

Main Campus and Manhattan

Hospital for Special Surgery (MRI, CT, US, Fluoroscopy, X-ray imaging)
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

75th Street Campus (MRI, X-ray imaging, Bone Density)
429 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

HSS West Side (MRI, CT, US, X-ray imaging)
610 W 58th Street
New York, NY 10019

HSS Hudson Yards (X-ray imaging)
31 Hudson Yards
10th Floor
New York, NY 10001

HSS ASC of Manhattan (X-ray imaging)
1233 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Regional Locations

HSS Brooklyn (MRI, X-ray imaging)
48 39th Street
7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

HSS Queens (X-ray imaging)
176-60 Union Turnpike
Suite 190
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

HSS Long Island (MRI, X-ray imaging)
333 Earle Ovington Blvd.
Suite 106
Uniondale, NY 11553

HSS Stamford (MRI, X-ray imaging, Ultrasound)
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902

HSS Paramus (MRI, X-ray imaging)
140 East Ridgewood Avenue
Suite 175 S.
Paramus, NJ 07652

HSS Westchester (MRI, X-ray imaging)
1133 Westchester Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605

HSS Florida (MRI, X-ray imaging)
300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


For more information, please contact us.

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