Cardiac & Pulmonary Imaging

Mammography and CT Lung Cancer Screening Can Improve Population-Based Health Outcomes

Recent studies support UCSF Radiology's recommendation that annual mammography screening begin at age 40 for women of low or average risk. Mammography can also lead to another health benefit—an opportunity for women to receive lung cancer screening, if eligible.

Using Deep Learning for Pneumothorax Detection: Newly Published Research from UCSF Radiology

Pneumothorax can be a life-threatening emergency. Researchers created an automated method of screening chest x-rays which can result in more rapid review and earlier treatment. Findings were published in PLOS Medicine.

New NEJM Study Shows the Value of Coronary CTA in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

The recently released SCOT-HEART clinical trial looked at coronary CTA’s effects on clinical outcomes after five years.

Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives; Why Are More Patients Not Screened?

The CT Lung Cancer Screening Program at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging uses radiology tools to detect lung cancer in at-risk patients at its earliest stage. But first you have to get current and former heavy smokers to come in for screening.

New Study Points to Promising Prognostication for Assessing Diffused Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy

UCSF Imaging’s Miguel Hernandez Pampaloni, MD, recently authored a study on PET imaging using regadenoson as a stressor to measure reduced myocardal and coronary blood flow for patients after orthotopic heart transplants.

US Preventative Services Task Force Supports Annual CT Scans for Heavy Smokers!

The US Preventative Services Task Force has released new recommendations in favor of annual CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. The decision is yet another step forward for screening advocates and the change in policy has the potential to save 20,000 lives each year, experts say.

Study: CT Scans Better Predictor of Heart Disease

A study published in Radiology and highlighted on TIME’s Healthland finds that coronary CT angiography may be a better predictor of heart attack risk than cholesterol tests and blood pressure readings.

Women vs. Men: Female Smokers Now Face Increased Lung- Cancer Mortality Risk

When it comes to men versus women, women are now in the lead… But this isn’t a race that either gender wants to win. For the first time, women who smoke are more likely to die of lung cancer than male smokers.

Principal Investigator Discusses New Coronary CT Angiography Research at UCSF

In a recent blog, I reported that two current studies support the belief that coronary CT angiography is as good as or better than the current clinical standard practice performed to exclude coronary disease in the emergency room. Read about the second study.

Recent Studies Show Advantages of Coronary CT Angiography in the Emergency Room

Recent evidence supports the belief that coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) is as good as or better than the current clinical standard practice performed to exclude coronary disease in the emergency room.