The Emergency Imaging Division of the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiology not only provides imaging services for a Level I Trauma Center that treats 85,000 patients a year, but also runs the country's first emergency-imaging fellowship and develops protocols that are widely adopted by other ERs.

Clinical Division: Emergency Imaging

Sanjay Saini, MD Director, Emergency Imaging Division

Sanjay Saini, MD
Director, Emergency Imaging Division

Many of the emergency imaging procedures and protocols in current use today at other medical centers were first established at, and reported by Mass General. A CT technique for diagnosing appendicitis, developed at Mass General, is now widely used throughout the country and can prevent up to 50,000 unnecessary operations per year by identifying patients who present with symptoms of, but do not have, appendicitis. Cross-sectional imaging protocols for other acute abdominal conditions can quickly identify patients who need emergency surgery and differentiate them from those for whom surgery is not necessary. Similar protocols have been developed for traumatic and non-traumatic emergencies of the chest, spine, pelvis, face, and extremities.

The Emergency Imaging Division is at the forefront of radiology education. Dr. Novelline has edited a Core Curriculum in Emergency Imaging, which describes the educational content to be taught to trainees in emergency imaging. Dr. Novelline and his colleagues have published numerous original reports, chapters, and textbooks in the field of emergency imaging.

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