2014 in Review: Top Advances & Groundbreaking Research!

Every year, we like to take the time to look back and reflect on the top advances, research and imaging news from the year. 2014 was an exciting time 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 those related to brain research, pediatric radiology and exciting UCSF news!

Brain Connectivity Differences Shown in Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders
Innovative research by Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD recently demonstrated quantifiable differences between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Celebrating 150 Years of UCSF & UCSF's Role in Changing Radiology
2014 marks UC San Francisco's 150-year anniversary since its founding, beginning as a medical college in 1864! We highlight some accomplishments.

CT-Guided Steroid Injections for Relief of Spine Pain
The risk of stroke or spinal cord damage from a transforaminal or epidural steroid injection is quite low, and at UCSF two critical considerations allow us to reduce that low risk even further.

FAQs for Your Pediatric Radiologist
Pediatric radiologists are often asked by parents about imaging tests for their children that use medical radiation. Here are important questions to ask your pediatric radiologist.

Introducing the Brain Health Registry
Learn about and get involved in a groundbreaking, web-based project designed to speed up cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain disorders.

NASA & UCSF: Combating Bone Loss in Space
Did you know that the effects of space travel on the human body are similar to those of aging over decades? Learn more about our NASA-funded research!

Non-invasive Treatment for Pain Related to Bone Metastases
Learn about a relatively new, FDA-approved treatment for pain related to bone metastases using Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound.

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!

Treating Stroke Patients with New Technology
Doctors from UCSF and around the world have been researching alternative methods and devices to treat stroke-causing blood clots.

UCSF Benioff Children’s & Children’s Hospital Oakland Combine to Join Forces!
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland have formally completed an affiliation, building on the hospitals’ mutual commitment to provide outstanding care to children in local communities, and advance medical discovery and treatment for the world.

UCSF Team Wins GE & NFL Head Health Challenge Award
GE and the NFL just announced the 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million Head Health Challenge, and UCSF Radiology is proud to be on the list!

UCSF to Introduce Patient- Friendly Scan Suites for Children
Most children have never encountered an MRI machine before, but with these new scan suites, they won’t be scared. Learn more!

Using Radium-223 to Treat Metastatic Prostate Cancer
The Nuclear Medicine Clinic at UCSF is pleased to be providing a new treatment option for men with advanced prostate cancer.