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. Acute stroke neurovascular imaging for prompt diagnosis and treatment is another area for which MGH has been a leader. Similar protocols have been developed for both traumatic and non-traumatic emergencies of the central nervous system, chest, spine, pelvis, face, and extremities.

The Emergency Imaging Division is at the forefront of radiology education. Dr. Novelline, the co-founder of the  American Society of Emergency Radiology, has edited a Core Curriculum in Emergency Imaging, which describes the educational content to be taught to trainees. Our group has published numerous original reports, chapters, and textbooks in the field of emergency imaging.

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