Musculoskeletal Instructions

The ideal case for the radiologic-pathologic couse requirement provides direct imaging correlation between gross and histologic features and the imaging appearance. For this reason, we require gross and histology images. The best correlation with imaging is obtained with planning for intraoperative photographs and sectioned gross specimens (working with your surgeons and pathology colleagues at the time of treatment and diagnosis) in planes that complement imaging. If the lesion is only biopsied or curetted for definitive treatment, then histology alone is acceptable.

All cases should be accompanied by radiographs whenever possible. CT studies should have both bone and soft tissue windows. MR images should include some type of T1- and T2-weighted sequences. Pre- and post-contrast MR images should also be included, if available. Sonography should include Doppler evaluation, if possible.

  • MR and/or CT correlated bone and soft tissue tumors (benign and malignant)
  • Arthropathies
  • Metabolic bone diseases
  • Bone and soft tissue infections (with CT and/or MR correlation)
  • Developmental/congenital abnormalities
  • Bone dysplasias/dwarfs/syndromes
  • Systemic diseases (Sarcoid, Gauchers, Myelofibrosis, etc.)
  • Traumatic abnormalities, particularly with arthroscopic and CT and/or MR correlation

If you submit a second case for the musculoskeletal section, the following criteria apply (in the order of preference):

  • Cases with histology and gross pathology
  • Cases with histology only
  • Cases with arthroscopic correlation
  • Pathognomonic cases

If you have questions or concerns about the acceptability of your musculoskeletal case, contact Dr. Murphey.

Faculty contact: Dr. Mark Murphey (

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