MSK Imaging


Our musculoskeletal (MSK) system gives us the ability to move using our muscles and bones. This unified system, which includes the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and connective tissue, gives us form, support, stability and movement. UC San Diego’s MSK Imaging Research Laboratory is a premier center for imaging and evaluating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The lab, established in 2005, includes a group of radiologists, scientists, technicians and research staffs – all dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art imaging tools to patients.

Clinical Applications:

  • Diagnostic and translational imaging related to musculoskeletal disorders:
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Back pain
    • Rotator cuff tear
    • Bursitis
    • Tendinitis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Gout
    • Temporomandibular dysfunction
  • Post-traumatic injury characterization and follow-up after treatment
  • Tumor characterization


Christine Chung Christine Chung MD
Professor of Radiology at UC San Diego
Director for MSK Imaging, CTIPM