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Dr. Brian Sabb

Sports Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI
26 years experience male

Locations

Brian Sabb Radiology

Ann Arbor, MI

Address

1000 Markbarry Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
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My office hours

Tuesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Self Employed

Ann Arbor, MI

About

Bio

I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic, energetic, and well trained radiologist with fellowship training in Orthopaedic, spine, and sports medicine radiology. I have cutting edge knowledge of the latest orthopaedic, spine, and radiology procedures and techniques. I possess strong interpersonal and practice building skills and I am adept at marketing to and collaborating with referring physicians. I have a proven track record of teamwork, collaboration, and research at the highest level of academic medicine. My radiology and orthopaedic research has thus far focused on sports imaging, the lower extremity, and the spine. In particular, I am very interested in hip, knee, and foot and ankle imaging and pathologies. I have a strong interest and the proper skill set to perform extremely well as a teleradiologist. I am passionate about high quality patient care and empowering patients to take control of their own healthcare. I am a firm believer in evidence based medicine and feel that the future of healthcare will be guided by caring and intelligent physicians that employ knowledge based on the peer reviewed literature and years of practical experience.

Specialties
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Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Radiology

Licenses

United States: Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
75 Agrees
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Not much: Hi, the sinuses (paranasal sinuses) are at the front of the skull and when the MRI is performed properly by the MR tech, the field of view will only i... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
More info is needed to narrow my answer. Maybe you are referring to scalloping of the endosteum which is part of the bone. Endosteal scalloping is an ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Agree w/ other doc: Sometimes we cannot be 100% sure the tear is complete. It is best if you have a MSK radiologist read your MRI, he or she will have the best chance of ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Reactive arthritis: Reiter's arthritis or arthropathy is a form of inflammatory arthritis that will affect the hands, feet, si joints, and other joints. It can be part of... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
No cause for concern: In utero the kidneys are lobulated. In some people this lobulation continues after birth and into adulthood. This is a benign condition that does n... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Hi, I am an orthopaedic radiologist. I started off on the path to become an ortho surgeon & ultimately ended up choosing radiology instead. Ortho i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Great question: There are many terms to describe these physicians: sports physician, sport medicine physician (prob the most used), team physician. You can recyc... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Not really: While many orthopedic surgeons are familiar with sports medicine, the ones who are most well versed are the ones who have done a sports fellowship (a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Osteoarthritis: Hi, great question... The biggest thing is premature osteoarthritis. The increased stress across the joint results in articular cartilage damage a... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Especially if the MRI has been reported on by the radiologist. The neurologist is the specialist when it comes to the history and phys exam of stroke ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes it can: Hydrocephalus is a subtype of enlarged ventricles. Hydro can cause loss of coordination and walking difficulties. Hydro can also cause many other... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes: Any cardiovascular conditioning can help asthma. The key is before u begin, consult your doc who may want to do a thorough physical, start out slow, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
At most 1 hour: Hi, good question... There will be some variability based on the temperature of the pad and your skin sensitivity. Let your common sense be the jud... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Go to the ER: A true knee dislocation is related to trauma and a medical emergency that is highly associated with vascular and nerve injuries. Typically the patient... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Nice question: The radiologist use multiple different sequences to assess structures on mri. We look for brightness and darkness on the t1, t2, stir, and other seque... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Good question: There are many ways to try to make the distinction. Nerve pain is often asscoiated with a certain distribution, tingling, numbness, or other assoc... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Tough question: CP is used by different physicians to mean different things. The definition depends on the context. In the context of the pcp evaluating the patien... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Biceps injury?: Hi, Biceps pain can be many things: muscle contusion, strain, tear...Also you can get biceps tenosynovitis and tendinitis (this pain will usually be c... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
What is the cause?: Hi, back pain is very common. To treat it best, you need to figure out the cause. There are many possibilities including arthritis, fracture, facet ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Pars defect can be very hard to see on MRI. I would believe the XR in your case. If further imaging is deemed necessary, then CT or SPECT/CT could be ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
So many options: There are many great books on this topic, here is a short summary to answer your question: eating "right" and exercising is a great start. Others i... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Many possibilities: Hi, good question. You have already been to the er. I imagine they worked you up for heart disease as that is the big one that the er & you should wor... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
MRI: Hi, If the diagnosis headaches thought to be migraines, then further imaging is often not necessary. However, if the migraine is atypical and there is... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
It depends: Hi, we image patients with knee replacements tka all of the time by mri. If the images is of the knee itself, there will be artifact that can be minim... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Both have benefits: Hi, great question. Mri and ct often complement each other. Many times we need to get both of them to have a final answer or the best answer we ca... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes!: Hi, You definitely can get an MRI. If you are asking about MRI of the knee with the TKA, then the answer is still yes. Usu MRI after TKA is going to b... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Black foot usually refers to gangrene which is a severe damaging of the tissue. This needs immediate and emergent care by a specialist. Often multiple... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Morton’s neuroma is a focal perineural fibrosis around the plantar digital nerve of the foot. It occurs between the metatarsal heads. It can be diag... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Another doc answered this question and believes u meant anterior or superficial to patella. When u say above patella, I believe u mean superior to pat... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, carpal boss is associated with pain. The bossing (osseous prominence) can exhibit mass effect on the surrounding soft tissues and cause inflammati... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Good question. Sounds like you had the congenital accessory bone removed and developed a post operative heterotopic ossification. One doesn’t re-devel... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, the best exam for DVT is non-invasive. Venous ultrasound is the standard imaging test for anyone suspected of having deep venous thrombosis (DVT)/... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, the Radiologist’s interpretation is used to communicate the results in a terminology that the referring doc understands. The bottomline is: right ... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, good question. Ultrasound will typically measure a lesion in 3 dimensions (centimeters or millimeters). These measurements would not be added to o... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Good ?: Hi, first off, don't combine the Mobic and Motrin - they are both NSAIDs (same class). Second: I believe you will have more benefit with the Mobic O... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Post traumatic pain: There are many possibilities. One of the main ones to consider is fracture after your fall. Other considerations include soft tissue injury (tendons... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Possibly: Great question - 2 options 1 = surgery 2 = non operative treatment The decision should be made by you and the surgeon with the understanding of risks... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
If you have been diagnosed w/ carpal boss at the back (dorsum) of your hand, then you have hypertrophy of the base of 1 of your metacarpals (usu the 2... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, there are surgical options for the SI joints such as iliosacral fusion. However, before considering surgery, u need to be sure the pain is from th... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Firstly, I want to mention that mild height loss of L5 can be normal variant (especially posterior height loss) and this variant height loss can be mi... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, that’s a good ? and you should begin by discussing with the doctor that ordered the MR. The degree of symptoms correlate to the degree of tonsilla... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, surgery is a great option if u have an experienced hip specialist. The thing to consider is that u don’t want to ONLY get the labrum repaired. A v... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Hi, this is a good question. I’m a radiologist who reads these exams. When the heart rate is high & especially if the CT scanner is “slow” (ie, le... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Aquaphor is a good choice. However, sometimes dry lips are a sign that you are dehydrated. And if u have dry skin elsewhere, dehydration could make se... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Not really: Hi, My pts usually do not feel much if any pain during or after the biopsy. Mild soreness can occur, but usu would only last up to 1-2 days. Given you... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Yes!: Prune juice is great for gout!
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Short of breath: Hi, this is a good question. The reality is that SOB and fatigue are common after serious illness (including covid). It may take weeks or longer to fu... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Many possibilities: Hi, weight bearing knee pain can be many things. If the pain is anterior & especially if there is pain descending stairs then patellofemoral joint... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
It is possible. However, CT can show the bone anatomy better than MR. CT can help plan the resection better than MRI. If your doc is a hip expert and ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Chondrosis is cartilage disease and it is graded by radiologists reading MRI. The most widely accepted system is Outerbridge and grade 4 chondrosis is... Read More
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Testimonials
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Jan 16, 2013
This doctor is the best. Dr. Sabb injected my shoulder with US gidance. I did not feel it at all! My shoulder was better in seconds! I had not felt that good since before playing football at the U...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Sabb is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Sabb is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Internet connection not allowing me to use full service so I couldn't explain that I was in a cast for 1mth diagnosed with tiny fracture in external malleolus and grade...Read More
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Thanks for your quick reply! I a 53 with Type 1 diabetes. There are bilateral peri ventricular and punctuate cortical white mater high signa
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Thanks. Last inj only 2 days relief. I'm post op day 8 fm RTHR. Wasn't much else that could have been done that already hadn't been tried.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, MI
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF CLEVELAND

Residency

Case Western Reserve University

Awards

University of Michigan faculty from 2006-2011
Making a Difference Awards from The U of M - more than ANY faculty
Teacher of the Year Award 2006

Affiliations

Michigan Orthoapedic Society - ONLY radiologist member
Radiologic Society of North America
Society of Skeletal Radiology
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