Low Dose Radiation

UC DOSE Project and Recent Research Call for Standard Protocols for CT Scan Doses

The UCSF CT International Dose Registry, created to broaden patients' protection from excessive radiation, is expanding this year thanks to new funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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.

UCSF Radiology Tech Discusses Cutting-Edge Technology and Patient Care

Mark How, radiology tech working with patients using the PET/MRI device, shares his perspective on UCSF's cutting-edge technology and the high quality of patient care.

Simultaneous Scanning: Improving Image Quality and Allowing Better Informed Decisions

PET/MRI benefits reach far beyond convenience and reduced radiation. In combination, the two modalities improve patient care by minimizing radiation doses while also providing more accurate images and information.

Radiation Safety: A Priority at UCSF

At UCSF we take great care to protect patients from radiation. UCSF is a leader in adopting practices for the reduction of radiation in all of our patients.

JACR Special Issue: Radiation Dose Optimization

This month, the Journal of the American College of Radiology released a special issue entitled Radiation Dose Optimization, inspired by the UCSF Virtual Symposium that went live last May and has been available on demand since then.

Private Insurance Required to Cover Low-dose CT Screening!

Thanks to recommendations by the U.S. Preventative Task Force, private insurance payors must cover the expense of the lung cancer CT screening by January 2015!

UCSF CT Radiation Dose Registry Wins $1.9M Grant!

UCSF Radiology’s Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman and her team of investigators were recently awarded a $1.9 million grant to fund the UCSF CT Radiation Dose Registry and ensure a patient-centered approach to imaging!

The Call to Simplify Thyroid Cancer Biopsy Guidelines

At UCSF we support thyroid cancer biopsies, but new research shows evidence that thyroid cancer biopsy standards should be updated and simplified to reduce unnecessary procedures.

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.

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