A study from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute for Technology assessment finds that, after viewing CT scan results, physicians in the emergency departments of four major academic medical centers made key changes in clinical decision-making for patients with symptoms frequently seen in emergency rooms. The study that has been published online in the journal Radiology adds important information to health policy debates regarding the appropriate use of CT scanning.

Imagine you are diagnosed tomorrow with pancreatic cancer. The latest medical odds would give you a 6 percent chance of surviving more than five years. But if your doctor said you had prostate cancer — a disease with many more treatment options — then the likelihood of being alive in five years would skyrocket to 99 percent.

Clearly, the medical need is greatest for pancreatic cancer. So, you’d think that our regulatory system would adjust the drug approval process to raise the possibility of bringing life-changing drugs to patients.

You’d be wrong.

Katy Lowry, MD has been awarded a RSNA Research Resident/Fellow Grant for 2015-2016. Dr. Lowry's research will be centered around "Optimizing Breast Cancer Surveillance in Women with a Personal History of Breast Cancer". Dr. Lowry started her affiliation with the ITA while in medical school.

A recent study, lead by Jagpreet Chhatwal, PhD, while he was a researcher at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was mentioned in an August 27, 2015 Washington Post article.

James A. Brink, MD, Radiologist-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital released the following statement on March, 19, 2015:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH as Director of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment, succeeding G. Scott Gazelle, MD, MPH, PhD in this role.