PD Dr. med. Christoph Agten, radiology specialist for the musculoskeletal system
PD Dr. med.

Christoph Agten

Certified radiology specialist
Specialist musculoskeletal system
Head of teleradiology at ARISTRA

Nottingham, UK


Christoph Agten is an expert in musculoskeletal radiology. He studied at the University of Bern and completed his medical studies there in 2007. His first medical residency he did at the Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne in Switzerland. He graduated "summa cum laude" as the best in his year in 2013. For this, he won the examination prize of the Swiss Society of Radiology.

After completing his medical residency, Dr. Agten completed a research fellowship and clinical fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Agten traveled to the United States with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. There he did a research fellowship at the New York University in musculoskeletal radiology.
His research focus was on the field of osteoporosis, with the resulting paper being published in the journal "Radiology" the most prestigious journal within the field of radiology.
Dr. Agten has published over 40 scientific publications in total, thereof 18 as the first author. At the University of Zurich, he habilitated in 2019.

Since 2018, Dr. Agten has lived in England. He works as an expert in musculoskeletal radiology for hospitals and private radiology institutes in Switzerland. He is a co-founder of ARISTRA and leads the teleradiology, providing his knowledge to our patients as an international expert.

Dr. Agten is passionate about education and shares his knowledge with radiologists from all around the world. He maintains the largest YouTube channel on musculoskeletal radiology. Once a week, he posts a video on musculoskeletal imaging. Dr. Agten is also a best-selling author on Amazon with his book "SPEED - MSK Radiology" and regularly lectures at national and international congresses and events.

His current focus is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) diagnostics of all joints and the spine.


Habilitation in the field of musculoskeletal radiology
Creator of the largest YouTube channel on musculoskeletal radiology
Winner of the examination prize of the Swiss Society of Radiology in 2013


Cost-effectiveness of Virtual Bone Strength Testing in Osteoporosis Screening Programs for Postmenopausal Women in the United States.
Agten CA, Ramme AJ, Kang S, Honig S, Chang G.
Radiology. 2017 Nov;285(2):506-517.
Hip Imaging in Athletes: Sports Imaging Series.
Agten CA, Sutter R, Buck FM, Pfirrmann CW.
Radiology. 2016 Aug;280(2):351-69.
MRI of complex regional pain syndrome in the foot.
Agten CA, Kobe A, Barnaure I, Galley J, Pfirrmann CW, Brunner F.
Eur J Radiol. 2020 Aug;129:109044. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2020.109044.
Postpartum Bone Marrow Edema at the Sacroiliac Joints May Mimic Sacroiliitis of Axial Spondyloarthritis on MRI.
Agten CA, Zubler V, Zanetti M, Binkert CA, Kolokythas O, Prentl E, Buck FM, Pfirrmann CWA.
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2018 Sep 24
Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in radiologists: a cross-sectional study
Agten CA, Margaroli L, Bensler S, Fritz B, Rosskopf AB, Held U, Pfirrmann CWA.
Skeletal Radiol. 2018 Feb 2
Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness: Temporal Assessment With Quantitative MRI and Shear-Wave Ultrasound Elastography.
Agten CA, Buck FM, Dyer L, Flück M, Pfirrmann CW, Rosskopf AB.
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Feb;208(2):402-412.
Subchondroplasty: What the Radiologist Needs to Know.
Agten CA, Kaplan DJ, Jazrawi LM, Burke CJ.
AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2016 Dec;207(6):1257-1262.
Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty MRI: impact of slice-encoding for metal artefact correction MRI on image quality, findings and therapy decision.
Agten CA, Del Grande F, Fucentese SF, Blatter S, Pfirrmann CW, Sutter R.
Eur Radiol. 2015 Jul;25(7):2184-93.
Augmented reality-guided lumbar facet joint injections.
Agten CA, Rosskopf AB, Dennler C, Jaberg L, Pfirrmann CWA, Farshad M.
Accepted for publication in Invest Radiol. 2018 Aug;53(8):495-498
SPEED – MSK Radiology: How to report more studies faster
Agten CA.
Self-published, available on Amazon, June 2019