Prof. James F GRIFFITH

MB BCh, BAO (Ireland), MRCP (UK), FRCR (UK), FHKCR (HK), FHKAM (Radiology), MD (CUHK), FRCP (Edin)

Clinical Professor and Chairman



  • All aspects of musculoskeletal imaging from radiography, ultrasound, CT, MRI through to PET imaging as well as the standard interventional musculoskeletal techniques

Current Research Interests

  • Knee instability
  • Imaging of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Low dose CT for Axiel SPA
  • Developmental size of the spinal canal
  • Ultrasound of soft tissue masses
  • Pathophysiology of osteoporosis
  • Talar bone osteochondral lesions

Societies and Scientific Journals

  • Asian Musculoskeletal Society (President) (2018-2022)
  • International Skeletal Society (Global Outreach Program Chairman)
  • International Skeletal Society (Asian Outreach Program Coordinator)

Editorial Board

  • Skeletal Radiology
  • Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery (QIMS)
  • Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology


  • Contributor to curriculum-based teaching as well as being actively involved in radiology-based SSMs.
  • Routinely teach on several MSc courses: MSc Diagnostic Ultrasound; MSc in Endocrinology; Diabetes and Metabolism; MSc Neurosurgical courses, MSc in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Rehabilitation, MSc in Sport Medicine and Health Science.
  • Regular teacher on NTEC, Kwong Wah and HKCR radiology teaching programs.
  • Delivered PROMISE (Practical Reporting of Musculoskeletal Imaging Studies) Lecture Series course – a series of monthly lectures to HK radiologists in 2016. Series also broadcast live to Beijing and Shanghai with weblink.
  • Initiated and directed the 1st and 2nd Hong Kong Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Courses held in May 2015 and June 2016 respectively.
  • Regularly conduct single-handedly conducted weekend of MSK imaging workshops in India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Indonesian, Russia and Saudi Arabia. A typical 2-day workshop involves giving 8-12 lectures, doing a live ultrasound demonstration and then supervising a hands-on practical ultrasound session.
  • Have delivered 319 educational lectures at local and international conferences and have written 178 book chapters.
  • Visitng Professor Vancouver Sept 2015.
  • Regular supervisor of overseas radiological fellows who attend our Department center as non-paid fellows to enhance their MSK imaging skills.


Head of Musculoskeletal Imaging, Prince of Wales Hospital. We provide a comprehensive diagnostic and interventional MSK imaging service. 



  1. Wáng YXJ, Guglielmi G, Guermazi A, Kwok TCY, Griffith JF. Much lower prevalence and severity of spine degenerative changes among older Chinese women than among older Caucasian women and its implication for the interpretation of lumbar spine BMD T-score for Chinese women. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Feb;53(2):247-251.
  2. Wáng YXJ, Blake GM, Xiao BH, Guglielmi G, Su Y, Jiang Y, Guermazi A, Kwok TCY, Griffith JF. East Asians’ T-scores for the diagnosis of osteoporosis should be calculated using ethnicity- and gender-specific BMD reference ranges: justifications. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Mar;53(3):409-417.
  3. Wáng YXJ, Griffith JF, Blake GM, Diacinti D, Xiao BH, Yu W, Su Y, Jiang Y, Guglielmi G, Guermazi A, Kwok TCY. Revision of the 1994 World Health Organization T-score definition of osteoporosis for use in older East Asian women and men to reconcile it with their lifetime risk of fragility fracture. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Apr;53(4):609-625.
  4. Griffith JF, Yip SWY, van der Heijden RA, Valenzuela RF, Yeung DKW. Perfusion Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2024 Feb;32(1):181-206.
  5. Lau LC, Chau WW, Ng R, Ng JP, Chui EC, Ong MT, Griffith JF, Yung PS. Reconsidering “Critical” Bone Loss in Shoulder Instability: 17-Year Follow-Up Study following Arthroscopic Bankart Repair. Adv Orthop. 2024 Jan 31;2024:5598107.
  6. Wáng YXJ, Blake GM, Tang SN, Guermazi A, Griffith JF. Quantitative CT lumbar spine BMD cutpoint value for classifying osteoporosis among older East Asian women should be lower than the value for Caucasians. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Feb 27.
  7. Griffith JF, Lee JCH. Developmental cervical spinal canal size: population reference range. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2024 Apr 3;14(4):3044-3059.
  8. Wáng YXJ, Diacinti D, Aparisi Gómez MP, Santiago FR, Becce F, Tagliafico AS, Prakash M, Isaac A, Dalili D, Griffith JF, Guglielmi G, Bazzocchi A. Radiological diagnosis of prevalent osteoporotic vertebral fracture on radiographs: an interim consensus from a group of experts of the ESSR osteoporosis and metabolism subcommittee. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Apr 25.
  9. Wáng YXJ, Yu W, Leung JCS, Griffith JF, Xiao BH, Diacinti D, Guermazi A, Chan WP, Blake GM. More evidence to support a lower quantitative computed tomography (QCT) lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD) cutpoint value for classifying osteoporosis among older East Asian women than for Caucasians. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2024 May 1;14(5):3239-3247.
  10. Yau DKW, Griffith JF, Underwood MJ, Joynt GM, Lee A. Preoperative rectus femoris muscle ultrasound, its relationship with frailty scores, and the ability to predict recovery after cardiac surgery: a prospective cohort study. Perioper Med (Lond). 2024 May 23;13(1):45.
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1. Editor, Diagnostic Ultrasound: Musculoskeletal (2nd Edition), Elsevier (2019)

2. Guest editor, Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology: Top Ten Tips for MSK Imaging (2019)

3. Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology: Weight Bearing Musculoskeletal Imaging (2019)

4. Editor, Diagnostic Ultrasound: Musculoskeletal (1st Edition), Amirsys (2014)

5. Images & Anatomia Ultrassonografia (2011)

6. Expert Differential Diagnosis of Ultrasound (2009)

7. Advanced Bioimaging Technologies in Assessment of the Quality of Bone and Scaffold Materials Techniques and Applications (2007)

8. Diagnostic Imaging: Ultrasound (2007)

9. Imaging Anatomy: Ultrasound (2007)