Arthritis Imaging Lab (Li Lab)

Arthritis Imaging Lab's research aims to develop advanced magnetic resonance (MR) techniques with musculoskeletal applications. Our mission is to improve diagnosis, treatment monitoring and understanding of disease physiopathology of musculoskeletal disorders using quantitative imaging. Current applications include osteoarthritis, acute knee injuries, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. As part of the Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) group, our group is focused on developing new pulse sequences and image/data processing methodologies for detecting early cartilage degeneration in osteoarthritis and acutely injured knees, linking MRI and NMR measures with molecular activities in cartilage and bone, quantifying bone marrow adiposity using MR spectroscopy and exploring their relationship with bone quantity and quality as well as cartilage degeneration. We collaborate closely with researchers and clinicians in multidisciplinary fields. We are also committed to provide education and training for postdoctoral fellows, residents, students (medical students, graduate, undergraduate and high school students) and other researchers who are interested musculoskeletal medical imaging. We appreciate the support to our research from NIH (R01, R21, K25), private foundations (the Aircast Foundation) and intramural UCSF funding (REAC, Academic Senate, Radiology Seed and Pilot grants).

Arthritis Imaging Lab