The mission of the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention section (MSK) is to bring the highest quality subspecialty musculoskeletal radiology expertise in the interpretation of MSK radiographs, CT, MRI, US, while performing a broad range of interventional services. We aim to practice radiology with an emphasis on patients and strive to serve our referring physicians with imaging interpretation and procedural excellence. Our reading rooms are embedded centrally within the clinic space of our referring physicians, reflecting the focus on clinician collaboration and direct patient contact.
The MSK section currently consists of five, fellowship trained radiologists: Colin Strickland, M.D. (Section Chief), MK Jesse, MD, Corey Ho, MD, Alexander Merkle, MD, and Charles Ho, MD, PhD, as well as a physician assistant Alexandra Leo, PA-C.
We have three 1.5 MRI units and five 3T MRI units between the University Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus and outlying sites. In addition to providing musculoskeletal imaging and procedural services at the main campus, the division also performs procedures and provides on-site consultation at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine Clinic and at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder. We have many CT scanners, two of which are equipped with dual energy technology and another 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 fluoroscopy room for spine intervention and biplane fluoroscopy units for the performance of vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty.
Our section participates in several interdisciplinary conferences, including weekly Spine conference, bi-weekly Orthopedic Tumor conference, Rheumatology conference, monthly Sarcoma conference, monthly Hand Surgery conference and quarterly Radiology-Surgical Correlation Sports Medicine conference.
The MSK section has synthesized a core curriculum for resident education consisting of 21 core lectures spanning a two 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 are also active in national organizations and conduct research with trainees of all levels. The division also supports a fellowship that accepts two fellows annually.