Patient Safety

MRI Safety Practices: "Every Minute, Every Day"

UCSF Radiology & Biomedical Imaging strives to ensure patient safety in all our imaging modalities, and this includes providing patients with the highest level of MR safety. MR Safety is overseen by the MR Safety Committee, led by Michael Ohliger, MD, PhD, associate professor and MR Modality Director. Additional leaders contributing to our MR Safety focus are Michael Hoff, PhD, associate professor and MRI Safety Expert (MRSE) and Christina Calvin, MRI Safety Officer (MRSO) and Supervisor.

Patient Safety Awareness Week 2022 at UCSF Radiology

Patient Safety Awareness Week takes place from March 13 through 19, 2022. Hear from Cynthia Hammond, MBA, Qualty and Safety Officer at UCSF Health, Radiology. 

Examining Leukemia Risks Among Children with Down Syndrome

A recent collaborative retrospective cohort study from UC San Francisco, UC Davis and others confirmed that Down syndrome remains a strong risk factor for childhood leukemia, and associations with AML are stronger than previously reported.

UCSF Radiology Shares Information About MRI Safety

MRI is an extremely safe procedure when performed by trained experts. As such, the team at UCSF Health's radiology department put together a few safety videos to remind patients and staff about the importance of MRI safety.

Large, Multi-Center Study Assesses the Amount of Advanced Imaging Occurring During Pregnancy

The use of medical imaging in the United States has increased a lot over the last two decades, and imaging rates during pregnancy have not been quantified in a large, multisite setting… until now.

UCSF, UC Berkeley and 3D Printer Carbon, Inc. Team Up to Create a Drug Sponge to Absorb Excess Chemotherapy Medication

Steven Hetts, MD, and a team from his lab, UC Berkeley and Carbon Inc. (3D printer) developed a drug sponge, that removes excess chemotherapy from the blood while treating tumors, preventing toxicity.

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).

Addressing Safety Concerns One Decision at a Time

Radiologic tools have become safer over time: Better tools lead to more precise views, and more precision allows reduced radiation dose. But patient safety is still a topic daily on the minds of radiologists.

How to Ensure You Receive the Safest Possible MRI

Ensuring you’re undergoing the safest possible MRI begins with selecting the professional team who will do your imaging. What should you look for in a reliable imaging institution?

Diminishing the Risks of Imaging with an Established Safety Plan

In the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, we don’t ignore the facts. The fact is there are risks to medical imaging.