, Volume 40, Issue 9, pp 1133-1136
Date: 17 Aug 2011

The future of MSK interventions

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Interventional radiology has become so successful that it is easy to forget that it is a relative newcomer. Prior to 1980, arthrography was the only musculoskeletal intervention that was performed in most radiology departments.

Arthrography is an old procedure, first introduced in 1905 when air was used as the injected contrast agent [1]. Positive contrast was introduced three decades later, and the introduction of fluoroscopic control took several decades more. Members of the society made significant contributions to the development of arthrography. One of the pioneers in this work was Dr. Robert Frieberger of the Hospital for Special Surgery (New York).

Percutaneous bone biopsy is also an old procedure, although it was largely the province of orthopedic surgeons for many years. Invention of the trephine needles (such as the Ackerman needle and the Craig needle) in the late 1950s, and the recognition of the value of image guidance, made it feasible for radiologists to perform this proce