Musculoskeletal Imaging


Welcome to the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging.

Our section, which consist of five full-time faculty, covers the diagnostic imaging of bones, joints, soft tissues of the extremities, and the spine. We also perform image-guided joint aspirations and injections, as well as image-guided bone and soft tissue biopsies.

Our faculty has particular research interests in MR imaging of sports-related injuries and MR imaging of tumors of the musculoskeletal system and work in close collaboration with our colleagues in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology. The faculty are all also dedicated to supporting the clinical mission of the Department of Radiology in providing competent, courteous, and compassionate patient care services of the highest


Tedric D. Boyse, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
  • Division Chief, Community Radiology
R. Lee Cothran, M.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Radiology
Clyde A. Helms, M.D.
  • Professor of Radiology
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Salutario Martinez, M.D.
  • Professor Emeritus
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, and we see a diverse array of pathology including sports medicine, orthopedic oncology, rheumatology, spine, and trauma. Diagnostic experience is provided in radiography, CT, and MR imaging. Procedural experience includes arthrography with fluoroscopic assistance (both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes), and image-guided biopsies, most commonly utilizing 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 five full time faculty in the Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging, and all are dedicated to resident and fellow education.

Research opportunities abound, and fellows are expected 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, and are encouraged to present their research findings at a national meeting and to submit a manuscript detailing their work. In addition, the Department of Radiology supports a large residency program, and 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 the 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 is a daily interesting case conference 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, follow-up conference, and quality assurance conference.

The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is required for entrance into the Duke Musculoskeletal Imaging fellowship program. A North Carolina Medical Board license to practice medicine and credentialing from the Duke University Medical Center are also required prior to beginning training, and it is the responsibility of the accepted applicant to obtain these.

Please submit your application to Dr. Charles E. Spritzer at the address listed below.

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)
  • Recent photo (Optional)

The deadline for your completed application is September 1, 2017.

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