Thomas Link, MD


Dr. Thomas M. Link is a board certified radiologist and chief of UCSF's Musculoskeletal Imaging section in the department of radiology and biomedical imaging. As clinical director of the Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) Group, Link's main interest is translational research. MQIR has five main focuses: imaging of osteoporosis, particularly developing new imaging techniques for assessment of bone quality and density, application on new imaging techniques for the clinical assessment of osteoarthritis, cartilage and prevention of cartilage degeneration, new imaging sequences for musculoskeletal imaging at high field and MR guided high intensity focused ultrasound for treatment of osseous abnormalities.

Link completed his medical residency in Muenster, Germany. He performed a research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. He is a professor of radiology at UCSF. Before joining the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in 2003 he was a vice-chair of the department of radiology at the Technical University of Munich.


UCSF Imaging Center at Montgomery Street
1725 Montgomery St., Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Johannes Gutenberg University School of Medicine 1987


University of Muenster School of Medicine 1993


University of Muenster School of Medicine, Radiology 1993
UCSF Medical Center, Radiology 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Link TM. Editorial comment: the future of compositional MRI for cartilage. Eur Radiol. 2018 Apr 30.
  2. Teng HL, Pedoia V, Link TM, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Local associations between knee cartilage T1? and T2 relaxation times and patellofemoral joint stress during walking: A voxel-based relaxometry analysis. Knee. 2018 Apr 19.
  3. Link TM, Li X. Establishing compositional MRI of cartilage as a biomarker for clinical practice. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Mar 15.

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