Accomplishments

Abdominal Imaging

Abdominal Imaging

  • Transitioned multiparametric prostate MRI examinations from a research tool to a clinical exam on clinical scanners.  
  • Translated our basic research achievements into clinical care with the most advanced MRI and post-processing techniques, most of which were developed here at UCSF.
  • Expanded CT-guided percutaneous kidney tumor ablation program
  • More cases
  • More referrals from urologists from outside the UCSF system
  • Expanded renal ablation and surgery tumor board.
  • Revised image guided biopsy request system for improved user interface with much greater ease for referring providers 

Breast Imaging

Breast Imaging

  • Expanded abscess drainage service, allowing us to help several patients with Serial drainages.
  • Mammi PETPET/MR
  • Expansion of same day clinic
  • Biopsy kits redesign (to reduce waste, increase)
  • Tomosynthesis
  • Additional faculty (increased FTE) dedicated to breast imaging to allow improved access for referring clinicians and patients to expert breast imaging consultations

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Imaging

  • Development of a service using the Angiovac device to remove thrombus fro, the systemic venous circulation
  • Development of a service to manage lymphatic leaks
  • Participation in a multi center trial to evaluate high-intensity focused ultrasound to treat uterine fibroids
  • Prospective evaluation of doxorubicin beads to treat hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with impaired liver function

Musculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal Imaging

  • MR-guided, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for bone metastasis, osteoid osteomas, and desmoid tumors.
  • Performed the second MR-guilded, HIFU osteoid osteoma treatment in the country.
  • Minimally invasive treatment of bone lesions by injecting drugs into aneurysmal bone cysts and eosinophilic granulomas.
  • Tissue harvesting for prostate cancer lesions to optimize personalized cancer therapy in conjunction with the Dream Team Study, Principal Investigator, Dr. Eric Small.
  • Ultrasound and fluoroscopy-guided joint interventions for pain control and osteoarthritis treatment.
  • Use of MRI-based cartilage matrix measurements to characterize cartilage quality and predict risk of osteoarthritis.
  • Use fat quantification of the rotator cuff muscles and of the spine muscles to predict outcome of shoulder surgery  and spine intervention.

Neuro Interventional Radiology

Neuro Interventional Radiology

  • Opened comprehensive NIR service at Mission Bay
  • BVAC moved to MB
  • HHT Clinic certified as one of only 19 Centers of Excellence in North America
  • UCSF and SFGH recertified as primary stroke centers
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus Clinic opened at Parnassus

Pediatric Radiology

Pediatric Radiology

  1. State-of-the-Art Computed Tomography
    • Parents choose UCSF (and have switched insurance plans) to have their children scanned with our low-dose techniques.
    • Better visualization of kid’s smaller anatomy at a lower dose - translates to better more confident interpretations on small patients with lower radiation dose, not available elsewhere.
    • Low dose technique for image guided biopsies - translates to lower doses to vulnerable patients and more accurate biopsies.
    • Advanced image CT reconstruction - translates to lower doses for infants, our most vulnerable patients.
  2. Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Reduced the need for anesthesia.
    • Improved patient and family experience.
    • High resolution fast imaging of children’s small anatomy
  3. Specialized Imaged Guided Procedures
    • Minimally invasive procedures reduce recovery time and the need for surgery or systemic medicine.