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Musculoskeletal Imaging

Providing unprecedented insights into how muscles and joints interact, offering a new understanding into optimum treatments

Research Under
this theme

Study under this theme focuses on advancing current orthopaedic diagnosis and treatment methods affecting the human muscles and joints. Research involves developing optimum implants for hip replacements, monitoring the best prosthetic for amputees and providing athletes with unprecedented insights into how their muscles interact.

Focus is on using currently established technologies, such as MRI, and advancing the output through computational modelling to provide 3D visualisations of the internal muscles or bone stuctures.

Partners and Facilities

By joining this theme you will be joining expert researchers from the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital combined with the UCL Centre for Medical Imaging.

Studying Under This Theme

Projects listed below are available for applicants to include in their 5 project choices. Successful candidates will meet with both primary supervisors from their selection before being assigned to their allocated research project to ensure that each student gets the best opportunity for their skills and development. To view all available project videos please visit our YouTube channel.

Theme Leader

Prof Alister Hart
UCL and RNOH

Alister Hart is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and professor of orthopaedic surgery at University College London (UCL) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH). He is head of clinical research in orthopaedics at UCL and the director of research and development at the RNOH. He studied medicine at Caius College Cambridge (q 1994), trained on the RNOH surgical rotation. In 2006 he was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Imperial College London. In 2012 he was appointed to his present position.

His surgical and research interests focus on the achievement of the best possible patient and radiological outcomes after hip replacement, through implant design, surgical positioning and patient factors. This includes the developing area of clinical biocompatibility. He is a co-director, with John Skinner, of the London Implant Retrieval Centre.

He has raised £5 million in grants, published more than 70 papers, and performed more than 3000 operations including 750 primary or revision hip and knee replacements. He has reviewed for 6 journals and 4 grant bodies. He teaches on aspects of hip surgery to surgeons of all grades, including orthopaedic basic sciences, patient assessment using clinical examination and imaging, patient management and surgical technique.

Available Projects:

The use of 3D Computer Tomography for Musculoskeletal Disease Computational Anatomy