2017 in Review: Imaging Advances, Cutting-Edge Research and Important Stories from UCSF Imaging

As 2017 comes to an end, we encourage you to take a moment to look back and reflect on some of UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging’s top advances, cutting-edge research milestones, and departmental accomplishments from the year. This year marked a period of significant achievement for UCSF Imaging and our team of world-renowned radiologists and researchers. Here are just a few noteworthy blog posts that highlight radiology’s role in some of the most important topics in medicine, including osteoporosis treatment, hereditary breast cancer and precision medicine.

Using Augmented Reality Applications to Visualize 3D Radiology Images
Dr. Jesse Courtier is currently working with Bencin Studios to develop an imaging application for Microsoft HoloLens, the first self-contained holographic computer, enabling radiologists to engage with digital images and interact with holograms in the surrounding real world.

UCSF Introduces KittenScanner for Pediatric Patients
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay introduced a KittenScanner into the pediatric waiting room of the radiology department. It is the latest addition to the department’s commitment to Ambient Experience design, which incorporates lighting, projection and sound to provide positive distractions for patients.

UCSF’s Cutting-Edge Use of Fetal MRI: Diagnosing Complex Abnormalities in Utero
Led by the expertise of Dr. Orit Glenn, director of fetal MRI at Mission Bay Hospital, and Dr. Jim Barkovich, director of Pediatrics/Fetal RIG, the UCSF Medical Center is one of the few sites in the country that is experienced in performing and interpreting fetal MRI. This post discusses how the team is diagnosing and treating birth defects before delivery.

Jan’s Story: Conquering Osteoporosis at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute
Jan trusted Dr. Aenor Sawyer, founder and director of the multidisciplinary Skeletal Health Service at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute, to diagnose and treat her osteoporosis after a fall. This is her story about her experience conquering osteoporosis.

UCSF Radiology Earns Top Residency Program Honors for Fourth Consecutive Year!
UCSF’s Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Residency Program has been named a Top Medical Residency Program by U.S. News & World Report and Doximity. This is the fourth consecutive year that UCSF’s program has been honored for its clinical training program amongst the top-rated diagnostic radiology residency programs in the nation.

UCSF Research on Knee Cartilage Degeneration Highlighted at RSNA 2017
Research from a team lead by UCSF’s Alexandra Gersing, M.D., was highlighted in the RSNA Newsroom and through a scientific paper presentation. The MRI study indicates that obese people who lose a substantial amount of weight can significantly slow the degeneration of their knee cartilage, but only if they lose weight through diet and exercise or diet alone.

Diagnosing Osteoporosis with Regular DXA/DEXA Bone Density Screening
When many hear the term “screening” their minds automatically go to cancer screening, but screening is effective for spotting and diagnosing a number of non-cancerous health conditions, including osteoporosis. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA) bone density scanning is the most accurate method available for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, as well as an accurate estimator of fracture risk.

‘Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes’ Opens Conversation about Latest Advancements in Hereditary Breast Cancer Research & Care
Community members, researchers, patients and providers from around the Bay Area came together for an important event on hereditary breast cancer and the rapid advances in research, coordinated teamwork and the continuum of care offered at UCSF. Here’s a recap of the event.

Research Interest Groups at UCSF: Connecting Faculty, Creating Legacy
The UCSF Research Interest Groups (RIGs) are a success story for many reasons. One of those is their “interdisciplinary and energetic team” approach. The groups bring together departmental Ph.D. and M.D. research and clinical faculty, as well as trainees across campuses into synergized research groups. Here’s a video explaining what makes the RIGs work.

Video Series: Personalized Medicine Powered by Precision Imaging
This past fall, UCSF Imaging’s world-renowned radiologists had the opportunity to participate in the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine’s Mini Medical School for the Public in a series titled “Personalized Medicine Powered by Precision Imaging.” We encourage all to watch the video series to see how personalized medicine is being powered by precision imaging.