Cardiac & Pulmonary Imaging

Using Applied Statistics for a Practical Diagnostic Framework for Negative COVID-19 Results

A team of physicians from the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) worked on and presented a framework for how to weigh repeatedly negative test results in clinical decision making when there is ongoing concern for COVID-19.

Newly Published Research Reports an Important Discovery About Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAAs)

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease is common. Larger AAAs can rupture, becoming life-threatening and requiring emergency surgery. Scientists from UCSF Radiology and the SFVAMC conducted a study that focused on focused on intraluminal thrombus (ILT) detection to help determine prognosis in these patients.

How Cardiac MRI Aids in the Diagnosis of Heart Disease in Women

For women in particular, cardiac MRI helps achieve diagnosis and further guide management of treatment in patients with heart disease. Women are often misdiagnosed, and the trend of their misdiagnosis has contributed to rising cardiac deaths amongst their patient population.

Karen Ordovas, MD, MAS Discusses the Benefits of Cardiac MRI

Cardiac MRI helps to achieve improved diagnosis and further guide management of treatment of patients with heart disease. Karen Ordovas, MD, MAS, director of Cardiac Imaging talks about the many benefits.

Recent Outbreaks of Vaping-Related Illnesses and Lung Imaging

Vaping-related lung illnesses have been the subject of study by scientists including here at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging with Travis Henry, MD.

How Vivid CT Scan Images are Reducing Lung Cancer Deaths

A chest computed tomography (CT) scan finds a lung nodule; what is the significance of that? Brett Elicker, MD, chief of Cardiac & Pulmonary Imaging at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging spoke about this topic as part of the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School lecture series.

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.