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CitiMed Comprehensive TBI Center -  - Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center

CitiMed Comprehensive TBI Center

Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center & Radiologist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Whether you sustained trauma in a car accident, were injured playing your favorite sport, or slipped and fell while on the job, diagnostic imaging can help determine the exact nature and extent of your injury. At CitiMed Comprehensive TBI Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, board-certified radiologist Dr. Karl L. Hussman uses musculoskeletal imaging techniques, including MRIs, to diagnose trauma or degenerative disorders of the joints, bones, and soft tissues. If you’d like to learn more about musculoskeletal imaging, call the office or book your appointment online today.

Musculoskeletal Imaging

What is musculoskeletal imaging?

Musculoskeletal imaging involves the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to create clear pictures of the joints, bones, and soft tissues of your body. This noninvasive technology relies on a combination of powerful magnetic energy, radiofrequency pulses, and a computer to reveal detailed images of your internal body structures. MR imaging is usually the best choice for examining:

  • Major joints
  • Spine issues
  • Muscles, tendons, and ligaments  

Dr. Hussman generally performs MRIs without a contrast medium, or a chemical substance injected into the body to enhance the quality of MRI pictures. He can use contrast agents, however, at the request of a referring physician.

What kinds of musculoskeletal problems can MRI evaluate?

MRI scans can be used to evaluate virtually any problem or injury that affects your bones, joints, muscles, or other soft tissues. MRI is one of the best ways to assess the lumbar joints in your spine, including your neck and lower back. It’s also ideal for evaluating musculoskeletal problems in your:

  • Shoulders and hips
  • Elbows, wrists, and hands
  • Knees, ankles, and feet    

MRI scans are often used to help diagnose or assess:

  • Brain
  • Neck
  • Upper Extremity
  • Lower Extremity
  • Cervical Spine
  • Thoracic Spine
  • Lumbar Spine
  • Abdomen & Pelvis
  • Spinal cord integrity following trauma
  • Spinal disc problems, such as a herniated disc
  • Meniscus, ligament, or tendon tears  
  • Rotator cuff and labrum injuries
  • Swelling or bleeding in tissues surrounding joints

Dr. Hussman frequently uses MRI scans to diagnose or evaluate common sports-related injuries or work-related trauma brought on by either repeated strain or vibration, or a forceful impact. MRI is also the preferred method for assessing the extent and nature of progressive joint disorders, such as degenerative arthritis.  

Are there other types of musculoskeletal imaging?

Yes. Depending on the exact nature of your bone, joint, or soft tissue problem, your referring physician may order more than one type of imaging test. In addition to an MRI, you may also have one or more of the following:


A radiograph, or X-ray, uses low-dose radiation to show detailed pictures of your bones and how they interact with each other at the joints. X-rays are useful for evaluating fractures as well as bone deformities and cartilage problems.

CT scan

A computed or computerized tomography (CT) scan combines X-ray technology with advanced computer technology to produce clear images of joints and bones that lie deeper in your body.

What can I expect during an MRI?

MRI scans are a safe, painless procedure that typically last 30-60 minutes depending on the area of your body that’s being scanned. During the procedure, you lie flat, and may have straps or bolsters to help keep your body in place and still. Dr. Hussman performs the exam from a computer in an adjacent room.