2015 in Review: Research, Advances and News that Shaped UCSF Radiology

As 2015 comes to an end, take a moment to look back and reflect on the top advances, research and imaging news from the year. 2015 marked a year of significant achievement for the UCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging. Here are just a few noteworthy blog posts that highlight some of the most important topics in radiology, including stroke treatment, breast cancer screening, radiation reduction and more!

UCSF Medical Center Now in Downtown San Francisco!

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is proud to introduce you to our newest location – The UCSF Imaging Center at Montgomery Street.

Mark Your Calendar: When Should You Begin Cancer Screening?

Getting preventive care is one of the most important steps you can take to manage your health. Screening can detect early cancers when the diseases are potentially more treatable and curable.

Seeing Pictures, Building Trust: The Evolving Relationship Between Patient and Radiologist

Given that patients haven’t historically interacted with radiologists, it’s not surprising many don't consider asking to speak to one. But how might radiologists educate patients on services which could address their future needs?

Kidney Tumor Ablation: A Nonsurgical Option for Kidney Cancer

Some patients with kidney tumors have a high risk of surgical complications because of their age or health status. For those patients, kidney tumor ablation offers a promising solution. Ablation is a nonsurgical procedure that is effective with small tumors.

UCSF Study Reveals Weight Loss Protects Knees

Obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight can significantly slow degeneration of cartilage in the knee, a common site of osteoarthritis in aging baby boomers, according to a new MRI study.

B. Smith – New Face of Brain Health Registry – Shares Story on TODAY Show

The Brain Health Registry, a groundbreaking, web-based project led by UCSF researchers designed to speed up cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain disorders, has a new face.

Stroke Treatment at the San Francisco VA: One Patient’s Story

James K. Theriault, shares the story of his journey to San Francisco, where he underwent a crucial procedure to address his blocked carotid and vertebral arteries, performed by the world renowned Interventional Radiology department at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

RISE: Radiology International Student Educational Platform Allows Global Teaching; Launches at RSNA

A technology platform that enables live virtual radiology lectures for international radiology residents is among the first grant recipients of “Inspire-Innovate-Invest, The Campaign for Funding Radiology's Future®.”

Which Exam is Ideal for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a common and disabling disorder caused by the unpredictable and uncontrolled electrical discharges within the brain. Imaging is an essential tool for the evaluation and management of patients with this disabling condition.

Juvenile Arthritis: Current Treatment and Future Advances

Our research with advanced imaging aims to help the children suffering from juvenile arthritis that we are treating today, as well as children in the future.

Getting to Know a UCSF Pediatric Radiology Child Life Specialist
A certified Child Life Specialists’ job is to help children and their families get through radiology tests as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Early Breast Cancer Screening Still Wins

The American Cancer Society made a revision in their recommendations on when women should begin to receive screening mammograms for breast cancer. But choosing to screen later or less often will result in fewer false positives but at a cost of lives lost to breast cancer.

PET/MRI’s Role in Reducing Radiation

PET/MRI provides high-quality images while reducing patient exposure to radiation. This combined technology is used for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of a variety of conditions, including cancer, neurological, oncological and musculoskeletal diseases.

BBC Highlight Scan Suites & Other High Tech Mission Bay Features

Perhaps BBC World News says it best: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is no ordinary healthcare facility. Richard Taylor reports on how UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is aiming to provide a high tech and innovative experience to healthcare.

Diminishing the Risks of Imaging with an Established Safety Plan

The UCSF Department of Radiology is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of patient care and safety, from the moment a test is requested through to performance and final reporting of an imaging examination.