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General Information

P.O. Box 208042, MRC 147 
New Haven, CT 06520-8042 
Admin Assistant, Susan Finkle



The Section of Musculoskeletal (MSK) Imaging is made up of five full-time MSK trained radiologists.

Yale Musculoskeletal Imaging performs a complete and comprehensive range of imaging from plain film to CT, and MRI. Our service covers a variety of MSK disorders including trauma, arthritis, joint replacements, pediatrics, foot and ankle, spine, and sports medicine. We perform over 600 MRI arthrograms per year and have one of the largest series of MRI arthrograms in the United States. We have developed a large interventional bone biopsy service as a result of referrals made to the Yale Orthopedic Oncology Service as well as a joint injection service.


Our faculty have a strong commitment to resident education which is practiced on a daily clinical level, as well as having monthly teaching conferences. There is a dedicated MSK fellowship program now in its fifth year. A major draw to the cross sectional imaging fellowship is the ability to spend several months per year doing MSK MRI.


There is a strong affiliation with the Department of Orthopedics at Yale and therefore the MSK service is involved in their department’s clinical and research activities as well. We have several shared conferences per month including MRI Sports Medicine, a weekly Radiology-Pathology conference for tumor review including a monthly Radiology-Pathology resident teaching conference.

Yale MSK faculty are associated with the Society of Skeletal Radiology, and have been on the teaching faculty of the RSNA. The section has several outside grants supporting our research endeavors. Aside from teaching and clinical commitments, each faculty member contributes to administrative duties in the Department. Dr. Katz, chief of the MSK Section, has been named Co-Director of the Radiology Section of the Yale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center and is also Director of the Yale Radiology Grand Rounds Program. Dr. Haims is Assistant Director of the Radiology Medical Student Education Program as well as the Yale MSK Fellowship Program. Both Dr. Katz and Dr. Haims sit on various departmental committees.

Research Direction

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) arthrography
  • Sports injuries
  • High resolution imaging of small joints such as the ankle, elbow and wrist
  • CT imaging of orthopedic trauma
  • Interventional bone biopsy
  • MSK disorders including trauma and arthritis
  • Joint replacements

Recent Publications

Chang K, Beers AL, Bai HX, Brown JM, Ly KI, Li X, Senders JT, Kavouridis VK, Boaro A, Su C, Bi WL, Rapalino O, Liao W, Shen Q, Zhou H, Xiao B, Wang Y, Zhang PJ, Pinho MC, Wen PY, Batchelor TT, Boxerman JL, Arnaout O, Rosen BR, Gerstner ER, Yang L, Huang RY, Kalpathy-Cramer J: Automatic assessment of glioma burden: A deep learning algorithm for fully automated volumetric and bi-dimensional measurement. Neuro Oncol. 2019 Jun 13; 2019 Jun 13. PMID: 31190077

Porrino JA, Wang AM, Branson B, Lischuk A, Haims A: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Lipofibromatous Hamartoma Involving both the Median and Ulnar Nerve. PM R. 2019 Mar 9; 2019 Mar 9. PMID: 30851077

Raju R, Kani K, Lischuk A, Wang A, Porrino J: Imaging of Emphysematous Osteomyelitis. PM R. 2019 Mar; 2019 Feb 27. PMID: 30653838

Porrino J, Wang A, Kani K, Kweon CY, Gee A: Preoperative MRI for the Multiligament Knee Injury: What the Surgeon Needs to Know. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2019 Feb 10; 2019 Feb 10. PMID: 30824164

Pfeifer K, Leslie M, Menn K, Haims A: Erratum to: Imaging findings of anterior hip dislocations. Skeletal Radiol. 2017 Jun. PMID: 28289856

Pfeifer K, Leslie M, Menn K, Haims A: Imaging findings of anterior hip dislocations. Skeletal Radiol. 2017 Jun; 2017 Feb 25. PMID: 28238017

Zhang W, Mao JH, Zhu W, Jain AK, Liu K, Brown JB, Karpen GH: Centromere and kinetochore gene misexpression predicts cancer patient survival and response to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Nat Commun. 2016 Aug 31; 2016 Aug 31. PMID: 27577169

Murugesan V, Lischuk A, Haims A, Lackman R, Brooks JS, Mankin H, Mistry PK: Case series and literature review of skeletal tumors and their incidence in the Gaucher disease population. Am J Hematol. 2016 Jul; 2016 May 18. PMID: 27102845

Fu MC, Buerba RA, Neway WE 3rd, Brown JE, Trivedi M, Lischuk AW, Haims AH, Grauer JN: Three-Dimensional Isotropic MRI of the Cervical Spine: A Diagnostic Comparison With Conventional MRI. Clin Spine Surg. 2016 Mar. PMID: 26889989

Fu MC, Webb ML, Buerba RA, Neway WE, Brown JE, Trivedi M, Lischuk AW, Haims AH, Grauer JN: Comparison of agreement of cervical spine degenerative pathology findings in magnetic resonance imaging studies. Spine J. 2016 Jan 1; 2015 Aug 17. PMID: 26291398

Blizzard DJ, Haims AH, Lischuk AW, Arunakul R, Hustedt JW, Grauer JN: 3D-FSE Isotropic MRI of the Lumbar Spine: Novel Application of an Existing Technology. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 May. PMID: 23168390

Lawrence DA, Branson B, Oliva I, Rubinowitz A: The wonderful world of the windpipe: a review of central airway anatomy and pathology. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2015 Feb. PMID: 25623009

Patterson JT, Jokl P, Katz LD, Lawrence DA, Smitaman E: Isolated avulsion fracture at the medial head of the gastrocnemius muscle. Skeletal Radiol. 2014 Oct; 2014 Jun 10. PMID: 24913555

Fu MC, Buerba RA, Long WD 3rd, Blizzard DJ, Lischuk AW, Haims AH, Grauer JN: Interrater and intrarater agreements of magnetic resonance imaging findings in the lumbar spine: significant variability across degenerative conditions. Spine J. 2014 Oct 1; 2014 Mar 15. PMID: 24642053

Gerstein MB, Rozowsky J, Yan KK, Wang D, Cheng C, Brown JB, Davis CA, Hillier L, Sisu C, Li JJ, Pei B, Harmanci AO, Duff MO, Djebali S, Alexander RP, Alver BH, Auerbach R, Bell K, Bickel PJ, Boeck ME, Boley NP, Booth BW, Cherbas L, Cherbas P, Di C, Dobin A, Drenkow J, Ewing B, Fang G, Fastuca M, Feingold EA, Frankish A, Gao G, Good PJ, Guigó R, Hammonds A, Harrow J, Hoskins RA, Howald C, Hu L, Huang H, Hubbard TJ, Huynh C, Jha S, Kasper D, Kato M, Kaufman TC, Kitchen RR, Ladewig E, Lagarde J, Lai E, Leng J, Lu Z, MacCoss M, May G, McWhirter R, Merrihew G, Miller DM, Mortazavi A, Murad R, Oliver B, Olson S, Park PJ, Pazin MJ, Perrimon N, Pervouchine D, Reinke V, Reymond A, Robinson G, Samsonova A, Saunders GI, Schlesinger F, Sethi A, Slack FJ, Spencer WC, Stoiber MH, Strasbourger P, Tanzer A, Thompson OA, Wan KH, Wang G, Wang H, Watkins KL, Wen J, Wen K, Xue C, Yang L, Yip K, Zaleski C, Zhang Y, Zheng H, Brenner SE, Graveley BR, Celniker SE, Gingeras TR, Waterston R: Comparative analysis of the transcriptome across distant species. Nature. 2014 Aug 28. PMID: 25164755

Trividi M, Brown E, Lese A, Katz LD: Lateral dislocation and incarceration of the posterior tibial tendon through the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis. Skeletal Radiol. 2014 Aug; 2014 Mar 27. PMID: 24671259

Lawrence DA, Rolen MF, Haims AH, Zayour Z, Moukaddam HA: Tarsal Coalitions: Radiographic, CT, and MR Imaging Findings. HSS J. 2014 Jul; 2014 Feb 12. PMID: 25050099

Elstein D, Haims AH, Zahrieh D, Cohn GM, Zimran A: Impact of velaglucerase alfa on bone marrow burden score in adult patients with type 1 Gaucher disease: 7-year follow-up. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2014 Jun-Aug; 2014 Feb 25. PMID: 24581483

Li Q, Atochin D, Kashiwagi S, Earle J, Wang A, Mandeville E, Hayakawa K, d'Uscio LV, Lo EH, Katusic Z, Sessa W, Huang PL: Deficient eNOS phosphorylation is a mechanism for diabetic vascular dysfunction contributing to increased stroke size. Stroke. 2013 Nov; 2013 Aug 29. PMID: 23988642

Lawrence DA, Menn K, Baumgaertner M, Haims AH: Acetabular fractures: anatomic and clinical considerations. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Sep. PMID: 23971473

Lawrence DA, Smitaman E, Baumgartner M, Haims A: A rare but radiographically recognizable cause of an irreducible hip fracture-dislocation. Clin Imaging. 2013 May-Jun; 2012 Aug 13. PMID: 23601776

Yip KY, Cheng C, Bhardwaj N, Brown JB, Leng J, Kundaje A, Rozowsky J, Birney E, Bickel P, Snyder M, Gerstein M: Classification of human genomic regions based on experimentally determined binding sites of more than 100 transcription-related factors. Genome Biol. 2012 Sep 26; 2012 Sep 26. PMID: 22950945

Milewski MD, Smitaman E, Moukaddam H, Katz LD, Essig DA, Medvecky MJ, Haims AH: Comparison of 3D vs. 2D fast spin echo imaging for evaluation of articular cartilage in the knee on a 3T system scientific research. Eur J Radiol. 2012 Jul; 2011 Jun 17. PMID: 21683539

Katz LD: Vaccination-induced myositis with intramuscular sterile abscess formation. Skeletal Radiol. 2011 Aug; 2011 Apr 9. PMID: 21479517

McGillicuddy EA, Lischuk AW, Schuster KM, Kaplan LJ, Maung A, Lui FY, Bokhari SA, Davis KA: Development of a computed tomography-based scoring system for necrotizing soft-tissue infections. J Trauma. 2011 Apr. PMID: 21610394

Moukaddam H, Smitaman E, Haims AH: Lipoma arborescens of the peroneal tendon sheath. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Jan. PMID: 21182143

Stein P, Malhotra A, Haims A, Pastores GM, Mistry PK: Focal splenic lesions in type I Gaucher disease are associated with poor platelet and splenic response to macrophage-targeted enzyme replacement therapy. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2010 Dec; 2010 Aug 4. PMID: 20683668

Katz LD, Haims A, Medvecky M, McCallum J: Symptomatic hip plica: MR arthrographic and arthroscopic correlation. Skeletal Radiol. 2010 Dec; 2010 Sep 4. PMID: 20820771

Rizzolo LJ, Rando WC, O'Brien MK, Haims AH, Abrahams JJ, Stewart WB: Design, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative anatomy course. Anat Sci Educ. 2010 May-Jun. PMID: 20496432

Lischuk AW, Dorantes TM, Wong W, Haims AH: Imaging of sports-related hip and groin injuries. Sports Health. 2010 May. PMID: 23015946

Meyers AB, Haims AH, Menn K, Moukaddam H: Imaging of anterior cruciate ligament repair and its complications. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 Feb. PMID: 20093612

Liang G, Katz LD, Insogna KL, Carpenter TO, Macica CM: Survey of the enthesopathy of X-linked hypophosphatemia and its characterization in Hyp mice. Calcif Tissue Int. 2009 Sep; 2009 Jul 17. PMID: 19609735

Moukaddam H, Pollak J, Haims AH: MRI characteristics and classification of peripheral vascular malformations and tumors. Skeletal Radiol. 2009 Jun; 2008 Nov 20. PMID: 19020874

Wolff AB, Pesce LL, Wu JS, Smart LR, Medvecky MJ, Haims AH: Comparison of spin echo T1-weighted sequences versus fast spin-echo proton density-weighted sequences for evaluation of meniscal tears at 1.5 T. Skeletal Radiol. 2009 Jan; 2008 Aug 12. PMID: 18696062

Schinnerer KA, Katz LD, Grauer JN: MR findings of exaggerated fluid in facet joints predicts instability. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008 Oct. PMID: 18836356

Simpson AK, Whang PG, Jonisch A, Haims A, Grauer JN: The radiation exposure associated with cervical and lumbar spine radiographs. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2008 Aug. PMID: 18679095

DeMayo RF, Haims AH, McRae MC, Yang R, Mistry PK: Correlation of MRI-Based bone marrow burden score with genotype and spleen status in Gaucher's disease. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Jul. PMID: 18562733

Hammouri QM, Haims AH, Simpson AK, Alqaqa A, Grauer JN: The utility of dynamic flexion-extension radiographs in the initial evaluation of the degenerative lumbar spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2007 Oct 1. PMID: 17906579

Tomihama RT, Lindskog DM, Ahrens W, Haims AH: Hibernoma: a case report demonstrating usefulness of MR angiography in characterizing the tumor. Skeletal Radiol. 2007 Jun; 2007 Jan 13. PMID: 17221278

Lee CI, Flaster HV, Haims AH, Monico EP, Forman HP: Diagnostic CT scans: institutional informed consent guidelines and practices at academic medical centers. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2006 Aug. PMID: 16861528

Raphael B, Haims AH, Wu JS, Katz LD, White LM, Lynch K: MRI comparison of periprosthetic structures around zirconium knee prostheses and cobalt chrome prostheses. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2006 Jun. PMID: 16714672

Rizzolo LJ, Stewart WB, O'Brien M, Haims A, Rando W, Abrahams J, Dunne S, Wang S, Aden M: Design principles for developing an efficient clinical anatomy course. Med Teach. 2006 Mar. PMID: 16707295

Daftary A, Haims AH, Baumgaertner MR: Fractures of the calcaneus: a review with emphasis on CT. Radiographics. 2005 Sep-Oct. PMID: 16160107

Haims AH, Moore AE, Schweitzer ME, Morrison WB, Deely D, Culp RW, Forman HP: MRI in the diagnosis of cartilage injury in the wrist. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2004 May. PMID: 15100130

Lee CI, Haims AH, Monico EP, Brink JA, Forman HP: Diagnostic CT scans: assessment of patient, physician, and radiologist awareness of radiation dose and possible risks. Radiology. 2004 May; 2004 Mar 18. PMID: 15031431

Yue JJ, Lawrence BD, Sutton KM, Strugar JJ, Haims AH: Complete cervical intervertebral disc extrusion with spinal cord injury in the absence of facet dislocation: a case report. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 May 1. PMID: 15105683

Husted DS, Haims AH, Fairchild TA, Kershaw TS, Yue JJ: Morphometric comparison of the pedicle rib unit to pedicles in the thoracic spine. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2004 Jan 15. PMID: 14722404

McCauley TR, Elfar A, Moore A, Haims AH, Jokl P, Lynch JK, Ruwe PA, Katz LD: MR arthrography of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction grafts. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Nov. PMID: 14573407

Husted DS, Yue JJ, Fairchild TA, Haims AH: An extrapedicular approach to the placement of screws in the thoracic spine: an anatomic and radiographic assessment. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2003 Oct 15. PMID: 14560078

Haims AH, Schweitzer ME, Morrison WB, Deely D, Lange RC, Osterman AL, Bednar JM, Taras JS, Culp RW: Internal derangement of the wrist: indirect MR arthrography versus unenhanced MR imaging. Radiology. 2003 Jun. PMID: 12773676

Haims AH, Medvecky MJ, Pavlovich R Jr, Katz LD: MR imaging of the anatomy of and injuries to the lateral and posterolateral aspects of the knee. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Mar. PMID: 12591668

Yoon LS, Haims AH, Brink JA, Rabinovici R, Forman HP: Evaluation of an emergency radiology quality assurance program at a level I trauma center: abdominal and pelvic CT studies. Radiology. 2002 Jul. PMID: 12091660

Haims AH, Schweitzer ME, Morrison WB, Deely D, Lange R, Osterman AL, Bednar JM, Taras JS, Culp RW: Limitations of MR imaging in the diagnosis of peripheral tears of the triangular fibrocartilage of the wrist. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2002 Feb. PMID: 11804907

Haims AH, Katz LD, Ruwe PA: MR Arthrography of the Knee. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 1998. PMID: 11387117