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02 Dec

The Future of Musculoskeletal Imaging - Professor Alister Hart

by Prof Alister Hart
Clinical Seminar
Tuesday 02 December, 6pm

Abstract: 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 requiring imaging.

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.

Speaker biography: Alister Hart is the UCL professor of orthopaedic surgery and is based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. 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.

His “Hip Detectives” work was featured by the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, The Diamond Light Source and BBC health online.

He spends 50% of his time treating patients hip and knee implants and 50% of his time analysing why implants have failed: implants that have come from 22 countries around the world. Imaging is key to understanding why they fail.


Prof Alister Hart
Prof Alister Hart

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