PET/MRI Stories

We serve a diverse range of individuals. One thing that many of them have in common is a willingness to share their stories. They do this because they know how hard it was to find a practice like ours and because of our commitment to them.

UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin

Miguel Pampaloni, MD - we can now accurately monitor the treatment response of each tumor with PET/MRI.Miguel Pampaloni, MD in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

“We can now inform patients with more conclusively if they have no cancer. This is a vast improvement over the recent past. Additionally, for patients with several tumors, we can now accurately monitor the treatment response of each tumor with PET/MRI, even when the tumor is miniscule.”  

 

 

Thomas Hope, MD - Reducing radiation with PET-MRI.Thomas Hope, MD, in the Department of Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine

“Reducing radiation is important to all patients, especially children and patients who require repeat imaging. With PET/MRI, there is no CT component, so there’s no radiation, just injected radiotracers, which we can now use in even lower dose because of how clearly PET/MRI reads the PET portion of the scan.”  Learn more

 

 

Spencer Behr, MD - PET/MRI is a new tool to improve outcomes.Spencer Behr, MD, in the Department of Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine 

“PET/MRI is a new tool we can apply to improving outcomes and patients’ lives.”

 

 

 

Thomas Hope, MD - PET/MRI is very good for finding the source of seizures.Thomas Hope, MD, in the Department of Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine

“MRI is probably the most exciting imaging modality because it’s so flexible, and can be used for many different things: It characterizes tissues in new ways, indicates directional flow of liquids and provides cellular data. PET/MRI is very good for finding the source of seizures. We can now inform surgeons and neurologists on how to treat patients with tumors of the brain.”  Learn more.

 

Brain PET/MRIBrain Tumors and the PET/MRI

"There is great promise in the future for PET/MRI of intracranial malignancy, especially with the translation of new tracers to the clinic." Learn more

 

 

Thomas Hope, MD - PET/MRI provides better images than a sequential PET scan and an MRI scan.Thomas Hope, MD, in the Department of Abdominal Imaging and Nuclear Medicine

“PET/MRI provides better images than a sequential PET scan and an MRI scan— we don’t schedule it merely because it is more convenient. The information from the simultaneous PET/MRI provides our patients and their referring physicians with a better characterization of the illness, so they can make the best decision possible for their health.” Learn more

 

Youngho Seo, PhD - PET/MRI technologies image better together, we can use less radiationYoungho Seo, PhD, Associate Professor in Residence and Director of Nuclear Imaging Physics

"On a practical level, PET/MRI is better logistically for the patient because they get two scans in one appointment. We can also use the PET screening to learn more about the patient’s condition and get new health information for them. And because the technologies image better together, we can use less radiation." Learn more  

 

PET/MRI cutting-edge technology lowers amount of radiation exposure.Mark How, Radiology Technologist

"Cutting-edge radiology means being able to see a patient’s condition more clearly, while exposing them to the lowest amount of radiation. At UCSF Imaging at China Basin, we provide patients with cutting-edge technology and immediately transfer their images to some of the best minds in radiology."  Learn more

 

 

UCSF offers PET/MRI technology with state-of-the-art, highly sensitive detectors for less radiation dose to our patientsVahid Ravanfar, Principal PET/MRI Research Technologist

"UCSF offers PET/MRI technology with state-of-the-art, highly sensitive detectors for less radiation dose to our patients. By combining these two innovative tools, we are able to achieve optimal imaging for detecting early stages of abnormal cell growth."  Learn more

 

 

 

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