Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR)


The Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) group consists of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and medical and graduate students who pursue their passion for teaching and research in quantitative tissue characterization focused on the musculoskeletal system.

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, and Thomas Link, MD, PhD, serve as Director and Clinical Director respectively and lead MQIR’s aims to integrate research and build collaborations between basic scientists, clinical scientists, and physicians, establishing a strong resource for musculoskeletal imaging research at UCSF. Recognizing that collaboration is the key to advancement in today's research climate, MQIR builds partnerships within the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and with the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Medicine at UCSF and Bioengineering  at UC Berkeley.

Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Directions

Identify biomarkers for bone, cartilage, and disc degeneration and diseases that impact the musculoskeletal system – osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and HIV

Develop new imaging techniques for bone marrow adiposity with MR spectroscopy and cortical macro-porosity using high resolution peripheral QCT to better understand fractures

Detect early joint degeneration and explore altered joint biomechanics and cartilage degeneration from sports injuries

Advance technical development of magnetic resonance imaging (MR), high-resolution peripheral quantitative CT (HR-pQCT), positron emission tomography PET/CT and PET/MR imaging, computer vision, image processing, and artificial intelligence (AI) to better understand musculoskeletal health and study risk factors for aging and disease

Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Labs 

MQIR Labs Directors
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Imaging Lab (Souza Lab) Richard Souza, PhD, PT
Bone Quality Research Lab (Kazakia Lab) Galateia Kazakia, PhD
Majumdar Lab Sharmila Majumdar, PhD
Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) Thomas Link, MD, PhD
Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Lab Matthew Bucknor, MD, MFA
VA Advanced Imaging Research Center Eugene Ozhinsky, PhD

Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research Members

Musculoskeletal Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) group