The Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory

A specialty Laboratory dedicated to the investigation of diseases of nerves and muscles, the Electromyography (EMG) Laboratory at Boston Medical Center is staffed by board certified EMGers, doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and testing of diseases of the peripheral nervous system.

Such conditions include:

diamond shaped bullet Neck or back pain

diamond shaped bullet Compression or entrapment neuropathies (Carpal Tunnel, Ulnar Neuropathies etc..)

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diamond shaped bullet Peripheral neuropathies

diamond shaped bullet Muscle diseases, such as Muscular Dystrophy

diamond shaped bullet Neuro-Urological problems (sexual potency evaluation)

diamond shaped bullet Myasthenia Gravis or ALS, to name a few.

On average 600 studies are performed a year.

The staff EMGers are all Boston University faculty and have both clinical and research interests. They are interested in the investigation of diseases of the peripheral nervous system, training of residents and fellows, publishing research articles, presenting findings at national and international conferences and participating in drug studies for diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy and ALS.

What diagnostic tests are available?

A whole gamut of tests are available from the routine EMG and nerve conduction testing of carpal tunnel entrapment to the specialized investigation of patients with toxic exposure, Single Fiber EMG testing of patients suspected of having Myasthenia Gravis and ALS and the evaluation of impotence.


Our faculty has published extensively on novel EMG and nerve conduction techniques and the development of special electrodes, peripheral neuropathies, Myasthenia Gravis and ALS. Our Lab has participated in the investigation of novel drug studies in the treatment of diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy and ALS.

Teaching and Education:

Education and training are integral parts of the EMG Lab teaching activities. Our faculty participates in the training and education of Neurology residents in the performance of EMG studies. Numerous visitors from different parts of the United States and countries overseas come to learn new procedures developed in our Laboratory and members of our faculty are frequently invited to lecture at national and international meetings.

Patient Education:

As part of our patient education program, we maintain a highly popular EMG page on the web at:


Patients are typically referred by their physicians. We also accept patients for second opinions and expert consultation. Our main number for scheduling patients is (617) 638-7979. Fax (617) 638-7997.


diamond shaped bullet Peter Siao, M.D.

diamond shaped bullet Michelle Kaku, M.D.

Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine