Musculoskeletal Imaging


Welcome to the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging.

Our division consists of six full-time faculty members who are fellowship-trained to interpret diagnostic imaging of the musculoskeletal system. Utilizing radiographs, CT, MRI, and ultrasound, we are experts in image interpretations of bones, joints, and soft tissues of the extremities and spine. Additionally we routinely perform a wide array of image-guided interventions including joint aspirations and injections, as well as image-guided bone and soft tissue biopsies.

Our faculty are involved in a broad scope of research investigations such as MR imaging of sports-related injuries, MR imaging of tumors of the musculoskeletal system, dual-energy CT, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. We take pride in our close collaboration with our colleagues in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology. In keeping with the educational mission of Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Health System, we are committed to undergraduate and graduate medical education. We are also dedicated to supporting the clinical mission of the Department of Radiology in providing competent, courteous, and compassionate patient care services of the highest caliber.


Tedric D. Boyse, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
  • Division Chief, Community Radiology
Roy J. Colglazier, M.D.
  • Medical Instructor
R. Lee Cothran, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
Robert J. French, Jr., MD
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
Clyde A. Helms, M.D.
  • Professor of Radiology
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Erin C. McCrum, M.D.
  • Medical Instructor
Nicholas Said, M.D., M.B.A.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
Charles E. Spritzer, M.D.
  • Professor of Radiology
Emily N. Vinson, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
  • Division Chief Musculoskeletal Imaging


The Duke Musculoskeletal Imaging fellowship is a one year fellowship designed to provide training applicable to a future career in either academic or private practice radiology. Duke University Health System is a tertiary care center. We see a diverse array of pathology including sports medicine, orthopedic oncology, rheumatology, spine, and trauma. Diagnostic experience is provided in radiography, US, CT, and MR imaging. Procedural experience includes arthrography with fluoroscopic assistance (both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes), CT guided spinal injections, and image-guided biopsies using US or CT fluoroscopy.

We enjoy a friendly work environment and a collegial relationship with the clinicians of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as the other clinical departments and divisions in the Health System including Sports Medicine, Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Pathology, and Rheumatology. There are six full time faculty in the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, and all are dedicated to resident and fellow education.

Research opportunities abound, and fellows are encouraged to participate in one or more research projects during their fellowship year. In accordance with this goal, fellows are provided with dedicated academic time during the work week, with the expectation of presenting their research findings at a national meeting and to submit a manuscript detailing their work.

As the Department of Radiology supports a large residency program and runs a medical student core curriculum in medical imaging, each musculoskeletal fellow is given opportunities in teaching at both the medical student and resident levels.

One of the highlights of the fellowship program is our conference schedule. Most conferences are weekly or biweekly multi-disciplinary conferences where imaging findings are discussed in conjunction with the clinical, surgical, and/or histopathologic findings for each patient. There are bi-weekly interesting case conferences held each afternoon in the division, as well as a noontime case conference for the residents and fellows. Monthly division conferences held for educational purposes include journal club and follow-up conference. Opportunities to attend orthopaedic conferences exist as well.

Starting with the academic year 7/1/2020, Duke University will be participating in the Society of Skeletal Radiology sponsored MSK Fellowship Match.

While applications for the year 2022 are being accepted, they will not be responded to until October 1, 2020. Per SSR guidelines, interviewing will not occur until November 1, 2020.

Dates of the Match

  • March 24, 2021: Match Opens March 31, 2021:
  • March 31, 2021: Programs complete interviews
  • April 21, 2021: Rankings Open
  • May 12, 2021: Quota Change Deadline
  • May 26, 2021: Rank Order List Deadline
  • June 9, 2021: Match Day

Requirements for Fellowship:

  1. The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is required for entrance into the Duke Musculoskeletal Imaging fellowship program.
  1. North Carolina Medical Board  license to practice medicine and credentialing from the Duke University Medical Center are also required prior to beginning training. A FULL NC Medical License is required – a training license WILL NOT suffice.
  1. For applicants who are not U.S. citizens (H1-B visa is required) a student visa is unacceptable.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain the appropriate requirements.

Your completed application should include:

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE Transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendation (1 must be from your Program Director or Chairman)

Please submit your application to Kisha Young (MSK Fellowship Coordinator) at the address listed below.

Program Director:

Please send applications to:

Charles E. Spritzer, M.D.
Telephone: (919) 684-7272
Fax: (919) 684-7129

For correspondence, please use the following:

Mailing Address:
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging
Box 3808
Durham, NC 27710
Physical Address:
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Radiology
Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710



Departmental & Divisional Conferences

Conferences are weekly, unless indicated differently.

Radiology Grand Rounds 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thursday 2002 Duke North 7:30 – 8:30 AM
*Interesting Case Conference Daily 1512B Duke North 4:00 PM
Hip 1st & 3rd Monday 1512B Duke North 11:30 – 12:15 PM
Bone Conference Tuesday – Thursday 1515 Duke North 12:00 PM
Journal Club Monthly- TBA 1512B Duke North 12:00 PM
QA Conference Monthly- TBA 1515 Duke North
Research Conference Monthly- TBA
Spine Conference 1st & 3rd Monday 1512B Duke North 7:15 – 8:15 AM
Orthopedic Tumor Conference Tuesday 1512B Duke North 7:30 – 8:30 AM
Orthopedic Grand Rounds Wednesday Bryan Center 7:00 – 8:00 AM
Rheumatology 1st & 3rd Thursday 1515 Duke North 8:30 – 9:30AM
Hand Conference 2nd Thursday 1512B Duke North 6:30 AM
Foot & Ankle Conference 4th Thursday ASC 6:30 AM
Sports Medicine (optional) Friday Fitz Yeager 7:00 – 8:30 AM

*Rollout is available as a web-based CME activity (brochure). For subscription information and updates on other CME courses offered by the Department of Radiology and the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, visit the CME & Visiting Fellowships page.

Multidisciplinary Conferences

Spine Conference Monday 7:15 AM, Bone Conference Room
Sports Medicine Conference Friday 7:00 AM, Finch-Yeager
Friday 12:30 PM, Bone Conference Room