Musculoskeletal Imaging

The division of musculoskeletal imaging is comprised of five dedicated faculty members with varying experience, research interests and backgrounds. The faculty develops and implements research projects with radiology residents and fellows in addition to various collaborative efforts with orthopedic surgeons, non-operative sports medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, neurologists, endocrinologists and rheumatologists. This division is based out of the Executive Park Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center and supports the musculoskeletal needs of the entire Emory Enterprise. 

Within the division, there are numerous opportunities for clinical research. Current research projects include MR and ultrasound neurography for peripheral nerve pathology, identification of imaging criteria predictive of the development of decubitus and diabetic foot ulcerations, the utility of MSK ultrasound in the evaluation of sporting related injuries, implementation of web based educational projects and the assessment of sarcopenia as a predictor of poor surgical outcomes.

The division is the principle Atlanta based radiology group that performs both diagnostic and therapeutic MSK ultrasound procedures. Typical diagnostic examination indications include the evaluation of the rotator cuff in a post-operative shoulder when artifact limits MRI, determination of the etiology of patient reported snapping sensations in the foot, ankle, hip and shoulder, identifying and staging inflammatory arthritis before the onset of radiographic apparent joint destruction and targeted assessments of clinically suspected isolated tendon or ligamentous injury. Although these are common indications, the division can tailor ultrasound examinations to meet your needs. From a procedural standpoint, we offer various ultrasound guided interventions including injections and aspirations of both small and large joints, biopsy of soft tissue masses, diagnostic perineural injections, Bakers cyst aspirations, ganglion cyst aspirations, tendon sheath injections and ultrasound guided arthrography.

In addition to ultrasound guided interventions, CT guided procedures are performed at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. These procedures include intervertebral disc aspirations for suspected discitis/osteomyelitis and bone biopsies. We make use of both manual and automatic/battery operated bone drills for our bone biopsies.

Outpatient MR arthrography is typically performed at the Executive Park location by either ultrasound or fluoroscopic guidance.
Residents, fellows and medical students rotating through the division may attend and participate in various educational conferences. Currently, we participate in a weekly case based MSK radiology conference, a monthly foot and ankle multidisciplinary conference, a monthly radiologic/arthroscopic sport medicine correlation conference and a weekly multidisciplinary sarcoma conference. Monthly spine conferences are held at the Executive Park campus.

Contact Information

Musculoskeletal Radiology
Emory Ortho & Spine Center
Radiologic Imaging, 4th Floor
59 Executive Park South
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Consultation Line
404  778-6265 (from 8:00am-1:00pm)
404  712-0579 (from 1:00pm-4:00pm)

Marvis Zanders
Phone: 404-778-5834
Fax: 404-778-6250



Highlights and Accomplishments

Original Research Paper
Abhijit Datir, MD

Dr. Abhijit Datir’s revised manuscript, titled “Diagnostic Utility of MRI and MR Arthrography for Detection of Ligamentum Teres Tears: A Retrospective Analysis of 187 Patients with Hip Pain”, has been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Roentgenology/ as an Original Research article.


Sharma GB, Robertson DD, Laney DA, Gambello MJ, Terk M. Machine learning based analytics of micro-MRI trabecular bone microarchitecture and texture in type 1 Gaucher disease. J Biomech. 2016 Jun 14;49(9):1961-8.

Poland Syndrome. ACR Case in Point. Zulfiqar M, Allam E, Parkar N. To be published online on Sep 19, 2016.
Morris CJ, Younan Y, Singer AD, Johnson G, Chamieh J, Datir A. Masses of the hand and wrist, a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Jul-Aug;40(4):650-665.

Rizer M, Singer AD, Edgar M, Jose J, Subhawong TK. The histological variants of liposarcoma: predictive MRI findings with prognostic implications, management, follow-up, and differential diagnosis. Skeletal Radiol. 2016 May 21. [Epub ahead of print].

Patel AD, Omar H, Hamid A, Scott K, Rozen S, Moore DS, Chhabra A. "Anterior Groin Pain: Role of Magnetic Resonance Neurography and Related Image Guided Interventions". Association of University Radiologists 2016. Poster.

Singer AD, Pattany PM, Fayad LM, Tresley J, Subhawong TK. Volumetric Segmentation of ADC Maps and Utility of Standard Deviation as Measure of Tumor Heterogeneity in Soft Tissue Tumors. Clin Imaging. 2016 May-Jun;40(3):386-391.

Tresley J, Subhawong TK, Singer AD, Clifford PD. Incidence of tendon entrapment and dislocation with calcaneus and pilon fractures on CT examination. Skeletal Radiol. 2016 Jul;45(7):977-988.

Singer AD, Datir A, Tresley J, Langley T, Clifford PD, Jose J, Subhawong TK. Benign and malignant tumors of the foot and ankle. Skeletal Radiol. 2016 Mar;45(3):287-305.

Singer AD, Hanna T, Jose J, Datir A. A Systematic, Multi-Modality Approach to Emergency Elbow Imaging. Clin Imaging. 2016 Jan-Feb;40(1):13-22.

Singer AD, Subhawong TK, Jose J, Tresley J, Clifford PD. Ischiofemoral impingement syndrome: a meta- analysis. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Jun;44(6):831-837.

Tresley J, Schoenleber SJ, Singer AD, Clifford P. "Ilizarov" external fixation: what the radiologist needs to know. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Feb;44(2):179-195.
Bipartite atlas or Jefferson fracture? A case series and literature review. Allam E, Zhou Y. Spine. 2015 Jun;40(11):E661-4.

Ratakonda P, Melenevsky Y, Nazarian S, Thomson N. Hip, Hop, and Beyond - Review of Common and Rare Manifestations of Osteonecrosis. Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). 2015.

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