Dr. Brian Sabb

Sports Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI
27 years experience male

Locations

Brian Sabb Radiology

Ann Arbor, MI

Address

1000 Markbarry Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Radiology

Licenses

United States: Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan

Doctor Q&A

125 Answers
75 Agrees
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A 64-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many causes: Hi, Just like Dr. Lee informed you, there are many causes - even malignant tumors! Another couple considerations that are common are hematoma (these... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many causes ulnar pn: Hi, I am sorry to hear you are in pain. Certainly fracture and bone bruising can be a source of pain, but since there is no injury let's consider som... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Great idea: Hi, good question. I agree with doc wanting full lung ct. A nodule was seen in the lower aspect of the lung. Question is: now how does the rest of ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
They're not uncommo: Meniscal tears are common. When you say you had another tear on the "other side", i think you are referring to the medial versus lateral meniscus ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many doctors do: Great question: there are many doctors that are qualified to treat back pain. To start off, the family doctor and other gps treat back pain. When they... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Hip pain source: I imagine you are wondering about the sources of hip pain and if you should get another injection. Sources of hip pain include arthritis, fractures... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Consider Imaging: Patient's with spine fractures typically present with pain. Spine fractures can be obvious & create significant bone deformity, these may require ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
No, it depends: Knee surgery is not always indicated in meniscal tears. Are you in pain? Limited range of motion? There are many types of tears, large ones, small one... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
That is a long time: I would recommend you get evaluated by your pcp. At some point he or she may want you to see a foot and ankle specialist. There are many possibilit... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Bertolotti’s syndrome is intervertebral disc degeneration above the level of a lumbosacral transitional segment. The degeneration often takes the form... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: They will cause artifact, magnetic susceptibility artifact, on the images. Make sure the center and tech are made aware: if the technologist and radi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
It is defined by radiology as greater than or equal to 15 degree angle between the 1st metatarsal and the great toe (AKA hallux). The hallux (1st toe)... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Sorry about that: Hi, i am sorry to hear that you cannot afford the orthopedist. It seems important that you see one. You apparently can afford the "chiro". I w... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Great idea: Hi, thanks for the question. A stationary bike is a great idea for you. Low impact exercises are good. Also avoid deep knee flexion and stairs (esp... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Visual inspection: The best way is visual inspection. If you have any concerns for ulceration, check your own feet. This is of particular importance in patients with ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Most of the time (in a majority of people) there are 5 lumbar vertebrae. In a minority of people there are variations (developmental or congenital var... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Follow the post op: Instructions... I imagine that you were given some post-operative instructions. I would recommend reviewing the papers that you were given. Some... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Good question. The old exam may not have been the ideal projection. The best radiograph is modified Dunn view. The lesion may have been smaller on the... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
It depends...: ...On the type of injury. To start with try: rice...Rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Otc pain meds should be considered, follow the dose on the... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Yes: Hi Jamie, excellent ?. Diagnosing ACL tear is the first step on the MRI. They can be partial or full thickness. They can be acute or chronic (remote... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
As previously mentioned u could see a general surgeon or alternatively an Orthopaedic surgeon. In my practice I see referrals mostly from Ortho docs. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Dark (black) tissue: Hi Monpetitchouiz, MRI is the best imaging modality to see scar tissue in the knee. Scar tissue will show up as dark tissue or low signal on the MRI.... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Sever’s disease is a condition that affects adolescents and is more common in boys compared to girls. I notice that you are 50 yo and if u have been d... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Hi, the peroneals sublux over the lateral malleolus (of the distal fibula) at the outside of your ankle. They sublux due to tendon instability and inj... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many considerations: Hi, I wonder who ordered the MRI? Did that doctor have an idea what he or she was looking for? Does your doctor have any thoughts for you? If the MRI... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Hi, good question. It can be very hard to find neuromas with imaging. However, using good MRI technique we can usually find them. I employ thin sectio... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Vertebral body sclerosis (bone sclerosis) can be caused by many things both benign and malignant. Benign lesions are common including bone islands and... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Probably not: Hi, more info would be helpful such as severity or degree of scoliosis, how many push ups you are doing, & if you are new to push ups. If the bac... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 27 years experience
Yes!: Prune juice is great for gout!
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 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 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
FAI & sports hernia: I agree with the original post. How old are you? Younger patients are more likely to present with femoroacetabular impingement (fai) & one other enti... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Pretty rare: Hi, good ? You may know that a herniation is when the nucleus pulposus (central aspect of the disc) escapes through the anulus fibrosus and can exhibi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many causes: One of the most common causes of hip pain. Is osteoarthritis. Oa is usually seen in middle and old age, I do not know your age. Other causes includ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Imaging Exam: Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to gen... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
It depends: I wonder what you mean by osteolysis? At the shoulder, the most common is distal clavicular osteolysis. Assuming this is the diagnosis, let's talk... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Thanks for the question: optic neuritis is a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes the radiologist can see inflammation and enhancement on MRI with speci... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Try a couple options: Hi, thanks for the question.. First off, consider limiting the time of the elliptical and working your way up in time. Try adjusting the foot pedal... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Need more info: Hi, knee pain can come from multiple sources including the 2 ligaments that you mentioned. Physical exam tests can sometimes distinguish the source o... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Many problems: Hi, aside from the problems that have been addressed with regards to worsening knee disease, consider what other health problems may arise. Specifi... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Small brain infarcts: Hi, according to your report, your MRI shows abnormalities in your brain that were felt to relate to small areas of damaged neural (brain) tissue.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
It depends: Bone scan is very sensitive for acute and subacute fractures. However, after a fracture is completely healed, often time years after the injury, bone ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Hi there. Yes, MRI will show old and new ACL injuries. MRI is the best imaging exam to evaluate the ACL and MRI can distinguish between acute and chro... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Without is OK, but: Hi, Great question, thanks for asking. You can get some benefit from CT without contrast and diverticulosis can be identified without the use of con... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Surgery for FAI can be arthroscopic or open. Seeing a hip surgeon is best & if she determines surgery is indicated it is likely the best option. A... 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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