Orthopaedic Institute

Orthopaedic Institute - UCSF Medical

Connecting patients with advanced orthopaedic imaging, sports injuries, joint replacement and related care, the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute is located at 
Mission Bay in San Francisco. The musculoskeletal section within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is a partner in providing advanced services at UCSF’s Orthopaedic Institute, including imaging for sports injuries, ankle and wrist problems. Imaging is also performed in preparation for the replacements of joints, and related orthopaedic treatments. Very unique to the musculoskeletal section is the advanced imaging of patients with joint replacements using advanced MRI metal suppression techniques. 

The Orthopaedic Institute is designed to serve patients who need specialty care in joint replacement, sports and dance medicine as well as performance diagnostics, rehabilitation, prosthetics and orthotics. The Orthopaedic Institute provides services for referring doctors and patients including orthopaedic imaging studies, diagnosis, treatment, interventions, and outpatient surgeries. 

The Orthopaedic Institute allows experienced sports medicine and orthopaedic physicians, therapists and radiologists, who are experts in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic imaging, to serve patient needs and physician consultations in an integrated fashion, under one roof.

Radiology’s Special Services Offered at the Orthopaedic Institute

Focused on musculoskeletal radiology, the MSK radiology imaging suite houses a 3T (Tesla) magnet, the most advanced MR scanner available to orthopaedic patients for routine clinical use. Using imaging techniques that have evolved from research, funded by the National Institutes of Health at UCSF, the UCSF radiology team provides three-dimensional mapping and quantitative imaging to examine cartilage quality and the other joint tissues, which may need repair or replacement. Using a filmless digital system, the radiology exams and images are distributed throughout the Institute electronically to be pulled up in any exam room for easy consultation between physician and patient.

Some of the innovative techniques and technologies that help our patients and support our research efforts include:

High Field High Resolution MRI operating at 3 Tesla
MR Arthrography
Newly Developed MRI Techniques for cartilage imaging and other joint tissues
Novel Metal Suppression Techniques for imaging of joint replacements
MR Technologies to Suppress Motion in claustrophobic patients
Joint Injection for Osteoarthritis and other Pain Treatment
Bone Mineral Density Measurements Using DXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry)
Tomosynthesis to diagnose stress and other subtle fractures

Expert orthopaedic radiology technologists and physicians

The UCSF Orthopaedic Institute offers world-class orthopaedic care, including state-of-the-art imaging equipment and technology. UCSF experts, who are some of the nation's most experienced orthopaedic and sports medicine specialists, treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, including sports injuries, joint replacement and other orthopaedic conditions.​

We also have dedicated technologists who have years of expertise with orthopaedic imaging of bones, joints and soft tissues.

Orthopedic Imaging - UCSF Medical

Excellent working collaboration between Radiology and Orthopaedic Surgery

MSK Team - UCSF Medical

The close collaboration between Orthopaedic Surgery and Diagnostic Radiology allows better management and treatment of patients. Whether dealing with the replacement of joints or the rehabilitation of muscles, we are dedicated to providing care to relieve pain and utilizing advanced techniques that will improve mobility, so patients can return to their highest level of performance and enjoy a healthy, active life.

Musculoskeletal injuries, procedures and treatments: 

Rotator Cuff Tear - UCSF Medical

ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Tear
Arthritis of the Shoulder
Hip Labral Tear
LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) Tear
MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) Tear
Osteoarthritis of the Hand and Fingers
Osteoarthritis of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Tear
Rotator Cuff Tear
Tennis Elbow

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is proud to partner with Dr. Thomas Vail, Chair of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the entire team at the Orthopaedic Institute. This institute is a great example of UCSF’s multidisciplinary approach to clinical care, research, education, and outreach.