Working Collaboratively to Develop and Maintain Evidence-Based Practices

Dr. Delzell collaborates with colleagues around the world to perform research that helps propel the discipline of musculoskeletal ultrasound forward by developing and maintaining evidence-based practices. On this page, you can find out more about her collaborative research as well as read testimonials from physicians, and patients, and learn about her published research work.

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Research

Dr. Delzell is currently working collaboratively with colleagues in multiple areas, including:

Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Research Interest Group

The aim of this PRiSM group is to develop research that incorporates multiple disciplines, with the central goal of moving forward research surrounding musculoskeletal ultrasound, specifically geared toward the pediatric athlete. The ultrasound research interest group includes 11 researchers from eight locations, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of California San Diego and The Ohio State University. The group represents five different subspecialties and is currently researching:

  • Medial patellofemoral ligament (MPFL) normative ultrasound parameters and diagnostic ultrasound criteria for injury of the ligament in patellar dislocation patients.
  • Longitudinal ultrasound of commonly injured upper and lower extremity tendons in the high school/collegiate athlete: Predictors of future injury in the pre-participation exam.
  • Ultrasound evaluation of the rectus femoris and iliopsoas tendon at the hip: Defining the anatomy.

Akron Children’s Sports Medicine Group

Dr. Delzell is collaborating with the Akron Children’s Sports Medicine group to evaluate treatment protocols for functional popliteal artery entrapment.

Terminology Task Force

Dr. Delzell is part of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine task force for creating a consensus paper for musculoskeletal ultrasound diagnostic and therapeutic terminology.

Case Studies

View some of Dr. Delzell’s most recently published articles through PubMed.gov.

Her most recent case study assessed subjective outcome data in 14 patients who underwent ultrasound-guided perineural hydrodissection and steroid injection for pronator syndrome secondary to median nerve entrapment in the pronator tunnel. Read the full case study here: Ultrasound-Guided Perineural Injection for Pronator Syndrome Caused by Median Nerve Entrapment.

Partners

Integrative treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain involves ultrasound diagnostic and ultrasound therapeutic solutions, as well the use of complementary and alternative medicine. Complementary treatments could include manual medicine, lifestyle medicine and mind-body treatments concurrent with needle or physical therapy treatments. We work with a number of partners to deliver this integrative health approach, including, but not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractor
  • Functional Medicine
  • General surgeon Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • PM&R
  • Psychology
  • Spine Clinic
  • Sports Medicine
  • Vascular/Lymphatic Clinic

Affiliated Organizations

Dr. Delzell is a member of numerous professional societies and is actively involved with several of them. These include:

  • 1993- American College of Radiology
  • 1993- American Medical Association
  • 1993- American Roentgen Ray Society
  • 1993- Radiological Society of North America
  • 1996- American Association of Women Radiologists
  • 1998, 2013- American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • 1999- The Rhode Island Medical Society
  • 1999- Radiology Advocacy Alliance
  • 1999- New England Roentgen Ray Society
  • 1999- Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound
  • 2001- Peoria Medical Society
  • 2009- Ohio State Medical Association
  • 2013- Society of Skeletal Radiology
  • 2015- Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine, Founding Member
  • 2019- American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, Affiliate Member
  • 2020- National Association of Women Business Owners

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Corporate Affiliations

  • Sept 2004 (Established)- President, Independent Imaging of Central Illinois, Ltd
  • Dec 2007-May 2008- Medical Director, Peoria Imaging Center, Peoria, IL
  • Jan 2010 (Established)- President, PD Imaging, LLC
  • Sept 2019 (Established)- President, Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine Consultants, Inc

Teaching Responsibilities

Aug 2000-June 2001: Senior elective mentor in MSK Ultrasound; Rhode Island Hospital; Brown University; Providence, RI

Aug 2005-June 2008: Staff mentor for Small Group Physical Diagnosis; University of Illinois; Peoria, IL

2009-2013: Consultant for MSK Ultrasound Cleveland Clinic Foundation

  • Developed comprehensive year-long training program for MSK fellows
  • Provided training for 6 ultrasound technologists, including hands-on sessions once or twice monthly
  • Provided MSK staff training, including weekly case conferences for CME credit
  • Headed marketing efforts for Musculoskeletal Ultrasound service, including providing mini-lectures to referring departments and developing marketing pamphlets and pocket references

2013-June 2019:  Staff physician, Director of MSK Ultrasound, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

  • Provide ultrasound training for MSK radiology staff, fellows, and technologists
  • Assist in the Sports Medicine teaching program