The focus of musculo-skeletal research at the Department of Radiology is the characterization of osteoarthritis, muscle pathologies and sports-related disorders by MRI. This includes tissue evaluation in osteoarthritis through comprehensive joint assessment and the development and validation of quantitative and semiquantitative evaluation tools for application in cross-sectional and longitudinal fashion. Further, the role of post-traumatic changes and later osteoarthritis development has been a topic of on-going research, which includes multi-dimensional assessment of anterior cruciate ligament injury and its sequelae. The group has been involved in large analyses of imaging data of the Rio 2016 Olympics focusing on joint injuries.
A close collaboration with the Department of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine is on-going where Prof. Roemer holds a position as Adjunct Professor of Radiology and as Co-Director of the Quantitative Imaging Center (QIC), a research group addressing complementary research questions. The department is partner of the Applied Public-Private Research enabling OsteoArthritis Clinical Headway (APPROACH) consortium, which received a 14 million Euro grant from the European Commission’s Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).
An additional focus of the group is MRI of muscle pathologies and interventions including application of advanced metabolic imaging at. Currently the group is leading a multi-center effort applying 7T MRI for assessment of wrist disorders using morphologic and compositional imaging at 7T MRI funded by the German Roentgen Society (DRG).
Full list of publications at: