Quantitative Musculoskeletal Imaging Facility

The Quantitative Musculoskeletal Imaging Facility is equipped to provide both ex- and in-vivo high resolution computed tomography and densitometry. With two state of the art High Resolution peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography (HR-pQCT) scanners, we have the capability to perform bone morphometry, skeletal phenotyping, cancer and vascular Imaging, and osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis Imaging.  With a Hologic DXA system we can provide bone density and body composition quantification.

Getting Started

We provide you with full support along all aspects of your study. Beginning the process is easy. You may begin by contacting us with any questions and preliminary ideas for your experiment.

For rates, see ‘recharge rates’ link in the blue side-bar.

For the Radiology Full Study Application (required before scheduling imaging sessions): https://radiology.ucsf.edu/research/core-services/img-srvs-pipeline/full-study-app#accordion-full-study-application

Contact Information:

  • Study start up and consultation: Faculty Director Galateia Kazakia
  • Scheduling: HR-pQCT and DXA Operator Bo Fan


Scanco XtremeCT (legacy scanner)

  • 3D In Vivo Human or Animal Imaging
  • Nominal Isotropic Resolution of 41 microns

Scanco XtremeCT II (newest generation scanner)

  • 3D In Vivo Human or Animal Imaging
  • Knee Imaging capability
  • Nominal Isotropic Resolution of 30 microns

Hologic Horizon A DXA

  • Forearm, hip, spine imaging and osteoporosis classification
  • Full body scans for body composition quantification
  • TBS for vertebral quality evaluation

Imaging Capabilities

  • Bone Morphometry and Skeletal Phenotyping
  • Cancer and Vascular Imaging
  • Biomaterials
  • Osteoporosis Imaging
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Imaging
  • Large-Scale Ex-Vivo Samples
  • Multi-Modal Imaging (MRI)

Data Analysis and Management

The Bone Quality Research Lab is available to provide start-to-finish image analysis and data management. Reach out to Faculty Director Galateia Kazakia, PhD to discuss collaboration set up and fee structure. 

  • Morphometry
  • Volumetric Quantification
  • Segmentation
  • Co-Registration
  • Quantitative Parametric Maps
  • 3D Visualization
  • Custom Analysis Software Development