The mission of the MSK radiology section is to bring to bear the highest quality subspecialty musculoskeletal radiology expertise in the interpretation of MSK radiographs, CT, MRI, US and the performance of a broad range of interventional services. We aim to practice radiology with an emphasis on clinician and patient service and clinical immersion, and our reading rooms embedded centrally within the referring physician’s clinics reflect our focus on clinician collaboration and direct patient contact.
The MSK section currently consists of 3 fellowship trained MSK radiologists: Dr. Brian Petersen, Dr. Colin Strickland and Dr. Mary Kristen Jesse.
We currently employ four 1.5 MRI units and 2 3T MRI units between our Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), our University of Colorado Hospital Imaging center only floors away from the CU Sports Medicine clinical practice, and our University of Colorado Lonetree Health Center. We have many CT scanners, 2 of which are equipped with dual energy,and two equipped with CT fluoroscopy capability for CT guided MSK procedures. A robust US department supports our US diagnostic and interventional procedures, and we have the use of a dedicated multipurpose flouroscopy room for spine intervention and bi-plane fluoroscopy units for the performance of vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty.
Our section participates in several interdisciplinary conferences to include weekly Spine conference, bi-weekly Orthopedic Tumor conference, Rheumatology conference, monthly Sarcoma conference,monthly Hand Surgery conference and quarterly Rad-Surg Correlation Sports Medicine conference.
The MSK section has synthesized a core curriculum for resident education consisting of 21 core lectures on a 2 year repeating lecture cycle. All of the MSK faculty are active with daily resident case conferences and are passionate about resident, fellow, and medical student education. Faculty from the MSK section participate in the residency as Associate Program Director and have been awarded the John Stears Residency Teaching Award. The MSK fellowship at CU accepts a single fellow on an annual basis and provides excellent training in the breadth of MSK imaging and intervention.
Ongoing research projects are abundant. Please click on the pubmed links below for a list of publications.