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11 Oct

The Future of Musculoskeletal Imaging

by Benedetta Biffi

Each year 20% of the UK population consult their GP with musculoskeletal problems and 90% of the population see a musculoskeletal specialist during their lifetime. All patients that are referred to hospital for musculoskeletal problems require imaging in some form.

The ideal modality is quick, quiet, not claustrophobic, uses non-ionising radiation, and allows patients to be imaged in their functional position (eg standing). This modality does not yet exist and so we currently use Ultrasound, plain radiographs, CT, MRI, MARS MRI, ISOTOPE Bone Scans, SPECT CT, PET.

Come and find out which modality we use, when we use it and what the future potential opportunities are for improving each type.


Tuesday 11 October
UCL, Roberts 106
18.00 – 19.00 (followed by a drinks reception)



Professor Alister Hart is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hip and knee problems, and director of research at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) NHS Trust in Stanmore, London, UK.

He has pioneered the use of imaging implants, particularly hip implants, in patients. This includes the development of a new classification system for interpreting MRI of hip implants. His work is used to set policy on implant surveillance by the FDA and MHRA and is in use every day in the NHS.

Professor Alister Hart’s research interests focus on how to achieve lifelong function for the 3 million patients that undergo hip and knee replacements worldwide every year. His successful Impact Case study for the 2014 UCL REF return had the following impact for patients with hip replacements.

Changes to international health policy on which implants to use Development of new clinical guidance on how to implant them Pioneering use of blood metal ions and MRI of implants Evidence for the US FDA and UK MHRA on how to monitor them Accountability within industry

His research has been funded by over £5 million from Innovate UK, the British Orthopaedic Association, the Engineering and physical sciences research council (EPSRC), many medical charities and nine orthopaedic manufacturers. In collaboration with John Skinner he brought together an industry consortium of all 9 major orthopaedic implant manufacturers (Depuy, Zimmer, Smith & Nephew, Biomet, JRI, Finsbury, Corin, Mathys and Stryker) so that it was free from industry bias. This enabled the set up of a centre to examine hip replacement failures (London Implant Retrieval Centre) with a contract allowing 100% freedom for publication of data.


Benedetta Biffi

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