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Pawel Szaro

About Pawel Szaro

I am a radiologist at Musculoskeletal Radiology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Research areas

I research the diagnosis of sports injuries, especially in the ankle and shoulder. The primary purpose of the sports injury project is to increase our competence regarding sport-related trauma. Radiological, clinical, and epidemiological studies may improve diagnostics and treatment. We aim to improve the postoperative radiological assessment of sports injuries.

My doctoral thesis was "Comparative anatomy of the calcaneal tendon" (2010). The Achilles tendon is my particular research interest. The purpose of the project is to depict overuse changes in the Achilles tendon at an early stage, which will enable us to prevent sports-related injuries and modify training Rupture of the Achilles tendon or tendinosis may exclude an athlete from the sport for a long time. We try to implement radiological methods not only to confirm injuries but, above all, to prevent them.

My research interests also concern tumors. This project aims both diagnostic imaging and imaging-guided biopsy technology of musculoskeletal tumors. At our department, we perform CT-guided bone core biopsies, which technique we are continually improving.

There are three ongoing research projects:

1. How can post-traumatic MRI ankle assessment be improved?

2. How to optimize, standardize, and improve the methodology and technology of CT-guided bone core biopsies? In the project, we analyze our current procedures and try to improve the technique.

3. How can we know more about the tendon in vivo? Projects regarding the internal structure of the Achilles tendon, pathology of tendinosis and rupture, and its complications.

Research collaborations

We developed research collaboration with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Besides. We collaborate with the Medical University of Warsaw and the Applied Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, National Information Processing Institute, at the University of Technology in Warsaw. We are trying to establish collaborations with other hospitals in the Nordic region in the project regarding tumor diagnostics.

Ph.D. theses

I was a co-supervisor in a Ph.D. research dissertation called "Anatomical considerations of the in-vivo identification of the posterior branches of the lumbar spinal nerves" written by Katarzyna Kozera. The project developed methods for how dorsal branches of the spinal nerves can be identified on MRI and CT and thus avoid injury during surgery or interventions.