Musculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal Radiology
Reviewing a case in Musculoskeletal Radiology

The Division of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Radiology of the University of Michigan provides a complete spectrum of conventional and state-of-the-art imaging and imaging guidance interventional procedures for the musculoskeletal system. In addition to digital radiography of bones and joints, the division performs fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and sonography of the musculoskeletal system. For the most comprehensive evaluation of joints – often called for in high-caliber athletes – conventional arthrography, CT arthrography, and particularly MR arthrography are routinely performed by the division’s subspecialized radiologists.

MSK radiologists perform numerous imaging guided biopsies of bones and soft tissues. Our clinicians find that precise localization enables accurate and safe procedures while minimizing patient discomfort. Where appropriate, both minimally invasive fine needle aspiration and core biopsy techniques are utilized successfully. University of Michigan also is one of the few centers that routinely performs percutaneous radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteomas as an alternative to more invasive surgery. In addition, joint, cyst and tendon sheath aspirations, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic joint injections, are performed using fluoroscopic, sonographic or CT guidance.

The MSK Radiology Division is especially fortunate to have radiologists highly accomplished in MSK sonography, performing diagnostic and interventional sonographic procedures of all joints. Soft tissue masses, cysts, and abscesses can also be detected and, when necessary, biopsied or aspirated using sonographic guidance. In addition, ultrasound-guided treatment of tendon disorders is offered, including calcific tendinosis lavage and aspiration, tendon fenestration (or tenotomy), and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.

Finally, members of the MSK Radiology Division can provide consultations for difficult cases or for questions regarding the most effective imaging strategy for particular clinical problems.


Contact Information

Kara Gaetke Udager

Kara Gaetke-Udager, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Radiology
Director, Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology