The Imaging of Musculoskeletal Function (IMF) Group works on the development and clinical translation of novel imaging technologies geared toward studying musculoskeletal function and detection of musculoskeletal disease at the earliest stage. Our group is developing novel PET and MRI methods to study early and reversible tissue changes at the cellular and molecular level, functional imaging of joint mechanics, physiology and tissue microstructure, and rapid and comprehensive MRI methods for early, low-cost, and precise detection of musculoskeletal disease.

Our group is part of the Musculoskeletal Division of the Department of Radiology, Radiological Sciences Lab, School of Medicine and Stanford University.

Recent Publications

Sandford H, MacKay J, Watkins L, Gold G, Kogan F, Mazzoli V. Gadolinium-Free Assessment of Synovitis Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging. 2021 NMR in Biomedicine [Early View] [NBM Link]

Thoenen J, Stevens K, Turmesezi T, Chaudhari A, Watkins L, McWalter E, Hargreaves B, Gold G, MacKay J, Kogan F. Non-Contrast MRI of Synovitis in the Knee Using Quantitative DESS. European Radiology  [Early View] [EurRad Link]

MacKay J, Watkins L, Gold G, Kogan F. [18F]NaF PET-MRI provides direct in-vivo evidence of the association between osseous metabolic activity and adjacent synovitis in knee osteoarthritis: a cross-sectional study. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. [Early View] [OAC Link]

Watkins L, MacKay J, Haddock B, Mazzoli V, Uhlrich S, Gold G, Kogan F. Kinetic Modeling of [18F]Sodium Fluoride PET Uptake for Quantitative Assessment of Subchondral Bone Perfusion and Mineralization in Knee Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2021; 29:849-858 [OAC Link]

Rubin E, Mazzoli V, Black M, Young K, Desai A, Koff M, Sreedhar A, Kogan F, Safran M, Vincentini D, Knox K, Yamada T, McCabe A, Majumdar S, Potter H, Gold GE,. Effects of the Competitive Season and Off-Season on Knee Articular Cartilage in Collegiate Basketball Players using Quantitative MRI: A Multi-Center Study. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging [Early View] [JMRI Link]

Crowder H, Mazzoli V, Black M, Watkins L, Kogan F, Hargreaves B, Levenston M, Gold GE. Characterizing the Transient Response of Knee Cartilage to Running: Decreases in Cartilage T2 of Female Recreational Runners. Journal of Orthopaedic Research[Early View] [JOR Link]

Mazzoli V, Moulin K, Kogan F, Hargreaves B, Gold G.  Diffusion Imaging of Skeletal Muscle Contraction using Oscillating Gradient Spin Echo (OGSE). Frontiers in Neurology. Frontiers in Neurology. 2021; 12:608549 [Frontiers Link] [PMC Link]

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