Emergency and Musculoskeletal Radiology

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The integrated approach towards the trauma victim results not only in improved trauma victim evaluation but also contributes to an improved methodology for the teaching of trauma radiology to residents and medical students.

The Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology performs an excess of 45,000 plain film and special diagnostic studies annually, including extensive exposure to arthrographic techniques and radiologically-guided pain control procedures. There is extensive orthopedic radiologic exposure as well as an active bone oncology service responsible for diagnoses and treatment of primary, as well as secondary, bone neoplasms. Musculoskeletal MRI performed at Central Massachusetts Magnetic Imaging Center is complemented by extensive consultative services provided for outside MR facilities. MR arthrography of the shoulder and elbow are two of the increasingly common newer techniques extensively employed at UMass Memorial Healthcare. The association with the Division of Orthopedic Oncology also contributes to the significant volume of CT and fluoroscopically-guided biopsies, drainage and injection techniques performed on a daily basis.

Clinical research opportunities exist in the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology and residents are encouraged to participate.