40th Annual Meeting and Musculoskeletal Imaging Course: Fundamentals to Advanced Concepts

October 2 - 5, 2013
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

A comprehensive muscloskeletal imaging course with an emphasis on multimodality imaging, sports imaging and pathological correlation.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course: Hand and Wrist

October 1, 2013
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

This course will include hours of didactic lectures covering diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound, as well as a projected live scanning demonstration.

The program committee is currently finalizing this year's program, which promises to be one of our finest. Please check back often for updates on the scientific program, accreditation and other meeting-related information.

To register online click here.


Things to Do in Philadelphia

Registration Desk Location: Regency Foyer

Registration Desk Hours:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
7:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, October 3, 2013 7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, October 4, 2013 7:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday, October 5, 2013 7:00am - 12:00pm

Welcome Reception

Date: October 2, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Millennium Hall
Attire: Business casual

This year's Welcome Reception will feature a "Taste of Philadelphia," showcasing an array of local food and complemented by local music and activities.

Cost: Two tickets included in registration fee. Additional guest tickets are $25 each.

Annual Gala

Date: October 4, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location: Millennium Hall
Attire: Formal

The closing social event of the 2013 ISS Annual Meeting is sure to please with an expertly crafted menu, musical entertainment and dancing.

Cost: Not included in registration fee. $100 per registrant/guest(s)

ISS MEMBERS: For additional information on the 2013 ISS Members Meeting, please sign in with your member id, then click 2013 Meeting Information for Members from the menu on the left side of the screen.


Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Main: (215) 627-1200
Fax: (215) 231-7305
Website: http://www.loewshotels.com/Philadelphia-Hotel

Note: The ISS block at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel has sold out. ISS has reserved a block at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia and attendees are encouraged to make their reservations at their earliest convenience.

View Ritz-Carlton Hotel Information(PDF)

Room Rate: $249.00 plus taxes

Use the link below to make your hotel reservations online and receive the ISS group rate: http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Philadelphia-Hotel/GroupPages/ISS100613

Hotel Deadline: September 2, 2013

Reservations: (888) 575-6397

Room Rate
ISS has negotiated a discounted rate of $249.00 plus tax (currently 15.2%) at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Upgraded rooms may be offered at the time of reservations for an additional fee.

Hotel Deadline
The deadline to receive the ISS group rate is September 2, 2013. ISS encourages you to make your reservation early, as the hotel and discount block may sellout before this date. After this date, reservations will be accepted based on availability and higher rates may apply.

Attendees are responsible for making their reservations by calling the hotel at (888) 575-6397 or visiting the website at http://www.loewshotels.com/Philadelphia-Hotel. Please reference the ISS to receive the discounted rate.

Hotel Deposit & Cancellation Policy
If you wish to cancel, please do so 24 hours before arrival to avoid cancellation policies.

Shuttle Services
Flat $10.00 per person fare and are also available outside the baggage claim area Regional Rail R1: Runs every 30 minutes stopping at each terminal.


Airport Information

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is approximately 9 miles from the Loews Philadelphia Hotel or 20 minutes by car.

Taxi Cab Services
Several taxi companies operate at the Philadelphia International Airport:

Abc Express Taxi (215) 970-8903

All City Taxi (215) 467-6666

Philadelphia Coach (215) 744-7777

Taxi rates for a one-way transfer to the hotel cost approximately $28.50.

Rental Car Information
Avis Rent-A-Car is the official rental car company for the 2013 ISS Annual Meeting. For reservations, please call (800) 331-1600, and use the code "J901055" to receive the discounted rates.

ISS is happy to offer a 10% discount on parking at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Acceptable registration methods include:

If paying by check, please forward payment to:

Attn: Registration
Two Woodfield Lake
1100 East Woodfield Road, Suite 350
Schaumburg, IL 60173-5116

Registration Cancellation & Refund Policy
Registration refund requests must be submitted in writing to the ISS Executive Office by 9/2/13. All refund requests will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 9/2/13.


Non-Member Registration Fee Includes:

  • Entrance to scientific sessions
  • Breakfasts
  • Two tickets to the Welcome Reception
  • Program Materials

Early Registration Deadline
Meeting registration forms must be received by the ISS Executive Office by 7/15/13 to receive the discounted early registration rate. All forms received after this deadline will be assessed the regular registration fee.

Registration Cancellation & Refund Policy
Registration refund requests must be submitted in writing to the ISS Executive Office by 9/2/13. All refund requests will be subject to a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made after 9/2/13.

Special Needs
We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Call (847) 517-7225 if you require special assistance to fully participate in the meeting.

Please feel free to contact the ISS Executive Office by:
Phone: (847) 517-7225
Fax: (847) 517-7229


(Refresher Course) Musculoskeletal Imaging Course: Fundamentals to Advanced Concepts

View Course Program Schedule(PDF)


The need for this year’s ISS Imaging Update Courses meeting has been established from a review of written meeting evaluation surveys from individual attendees from prior meetings, personal interviews of the Executive and Program Committees, discussions with meeting attendees and society members and detailed discussions with the Program Committee membership.

As a result, this year’s program will focus on providing sessions to meet these identified needs. One track in the course will address sports injuries concentrating on advanced imaging techniques, in particular on MR and ultrasound imaging, both techniques which have revolutionized the evaluation and management of sport related injuries. This is a complicated and challenging field for general as well as subspecialty radiologists, pathologists, and clinicians involved in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Individual sessions have been coordinated around themes of muscle injury, cartilage imaging techniques, including the latest clinical developments in cartilage repair, knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, the pediatric athlete, and the hip and pelvis. In addition, after very positive feedback from delegates at the last two courses, we have expanded the number of “Rapid Fire” sessions. These sessions comprise multiple short focused 10 minute talks focusing on a specific question, technique or problem. In terms of sports imaging the rapid fire sessions injuries specific to certain sports, postoperative imaging and imaging the foot and ankle. Five sports doctors and trainers working with professional athletes will present a perspective on what the clinician requires from the radiologist undertaking sports imaging in a special focus session entitled “The ISS meets Philadelphia Professional Sports.”

The second course track will address other musculoskeletal diseases including arthritis, trauma, tumors and systemic diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. Here sessions will focus on; first principles of bone tumor diagnosis, taking the bone tumor diagnosis forward, soft tissue tumors, bone marrow imaging, musculoskeletal infection, systemic conditions affecting the skeletal system, axial and appendicular trauma, arthritis, and imaging orthopedic hardware. An additional “Rapid Fire” session will allow a number of short presentations on topics relating to musculoskeletal neoplasms.

Each of the sessions in the parallel programs are focused to increase the understanding of both common and more challenging, poorly understood conditions of musculoskeletal disease, health, evaluation and treatment. The sessions are specifically designed to improve understanding of the early diagnosis of MSK conditions which will lead to better patient outcomes. Additionally, a case/film interpretation session will present challenging clinical cases to provide a forum to discuss difficult cases and combine expert approaches to improve the learning experience, and overall understanding and evaluation of the MSK system.


At the conclusion of the 2013 ISS Annual meeting, attendees should be able to:

  1. Apply real life situations to clinical practice
  2. Integrate knowledge and performance in the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal sports injury, tumors, trauma and degenerative disease.
  3. Identify the anatomy of normal MSK tissues, variants and mimicker of disease.
  4. Identify morphologic, histologic and imaging characteristics of MSK disease.
  5. Describe the specific pathology that accounts for the appearance of osseous and soft tissues in the setting of trauma, overuse, metabolic, inflammatory/autoimmune and neoplastic conditions on various imaging modalities.
  6. Recognize the relationship of specific biomechanical activities, injuries and treatments to the appearance of joints, bone, and soft tissues on imaging, arthroscopic, and pathologic assessment.
  7. Review the optimal role of imaging, surgery and histopathology in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disease and health.
  8. Identify the complementary role of emerging imaging techniques, modalities, and interventional/therapeutic procedures in the diagnosis and management of specific musculoskeletal conditions.
  9. Illustrate competency in Ultrasound, MRI, and therapeutic approaches in the assessment and management of the musculoskeletal system.

Ultrasound Course


The need for the hands-on ultrasound workshop and lectures has been established from discussions with the ISS Program committee, the feedback from past ISS hands-on workshops, as well as participant participation in other similar hands-on ultrasound workshops across the world. As a result, this year’s ultrasound workshop will focus education on the topic of wrist and hand ultrasound.


At the conclusion of the 2013 ISS Ultrasound Course, attendees should be able to:

  1. Explain wrist and hand ultrasound technique.
  2. Describe basic pathology as seen with ultrasound.
  3. Illustrate at least several aspects of a wrist and hand ultrasound examination.

CME Accreditation

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American College of Legal Medicine and the International Skeletal Society. The American College of Legal Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Legal Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 54.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Conflict Resolution Statement

The American College of Legal Medicine CME Office has reviewed this activity’s speaker and planner disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

Programs Included in Maximum CME

The following programs are included in the maximum AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM as follows: Members’ Meeting (13.75), the Breakout Scientific Poster Session (1.00), the Special Scientific Session (3.75), the Ultrasound Course (4.50), the Pathologists/Radiologists Review of Cases (12.75) and the 40th Annual Meeting and Musculoskeletal Imaging Course: Fundamentals to Advanced Concepts (26.50). Portions of the Tuesday sessions are concurrent; therefore, it is not possible to obtain full credit for all programs listed.

Recognition by the AMA and EACCME

All CME activities approved by the American Medical Association (AMA) are recognized by the European counterpart, the EACCME. Vice-versa all CME activities approved by the EACCME are valid for recognition by the American Medical Association (AMA) towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).

General Disclaimer

The statements and opinions contained in this program are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the International Skeletal Society. The appearance of the advertisements is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality, or safety. The content of this publication may contain discussion of off-label uses of some of the agents mentioned. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses. The International Skeletal Society disclaims responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the abstracts or advertisements.


Contact Us
About Us
Future ISS Meetings
Edinburgh 2014
2014 Educational Travel Grant Guidelines
2014 Meeting Information
2014 Electronic Exhibit Abstracts
2014 Instructions for Authors
2014 Scientific Session Submission
Journal History and Subscriptions

Copyright © 2014 The International Skeletal Society | Site Map