Patient Care

Nurses Week is celebrated here at UC San Francisco and globally from May 6 through May 12, 2021.
The Ovarian-Adnexal Reporting and Data System (O-RADS) is a recent addition to the American College of Radiology (ACR) reporting and data systems and consists of both ultrasound (US) and MRI arms.
3D printing technology has been around for about 40 years.
Patient Safety Awareness Week is a recognition event held each March, intended to highlight the importance of healthcare safety for our patients.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is pleased to announce that Robin Ippisch, PhD has accepted the position of Director of the UCSF Radiopharmaceutical Facility (cyclotron).
Matthew Bucknor, MD's interest in focused ultrasound developed during his radiology residency at UCSF when Fergus Coakley, MD (former faculty and current chair of radiology at Oregon Health Sciences University) brought the technology here.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging noted a significant milestone for both the department and the UCSF Center for Intelligent Imaging (ci2) - full deployment of an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled portable x-ray device into our clinical environment.
2020 was historic and challenging! Years from now, we expect that history books will depict and analyze the pandemic and COVID-19, racial reckonings, political unrest and transition.
As 2020 draws to a close, the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging launched a gratitude campaign (#UCSFRadGrateful) posted on our social media from December 14 through 31, 2020.
Uncertainty around diagnostic testing for the coronavirus has been a dilemma for clinicians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thank you to all UCSF Medical Center Radiology staff – you are the essential workers who continue to provide essential services during this time.
Development of artificial intelligence (AI) has led to more widespread use in healthcare, including radiology.
Research has shown that better cancer survival outcomes derive from improvements in prevention, screening, treatment and follow-up care.
Each October, Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM) is a time to create awareness around the role of the diagnostic medical sonographer in the medical community, the many uses of medical ultrasound in health care and the increased recognition of ultrasound as a vital medical tool.
Prostate artery embolization (PAE) is a minimally-invasive therapy offered at UCSF by interventional radiology physicians to patients suffering from severe symptoms of prostate enlargement, otherwise known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
Each September, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Women in Medicine (WIM) Month serves to showcase the accomplishments of women physicians, highlight advocacy related to women physicians and bring light to health issues that impact women patients.
“When I get concerned calls or texts from my family and friends, I tell them that I actually feel safest at the hospital,” says Heather Greenwood, MD, breast imaging radiologist and faculty in the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams use a strong magnet to take pictures of internal organs and tissues.
Hepatitis B virus infection is a worldwide health problem and is particularly prevalent in the San Francisco Bay Area.
UC San Francisco is the only JCAHO Comprehensive Stroke Center in San Francisco.
We are in the middle of celebrating Nurses Week here at the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Wednesday, May 6, is National Nurses Day and marks the beginning of National Nurses Week.
Nursing in radiology, the profession that I love, has always been a complex job.
1952 - 2020 Marcia J.
Patient navigators are becoming familiar faces in hospitals across the country.
For women in particular, cardiac MRI helps achieve diagnosis and further guide management of treatment in patients with heart disease.
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) or cardiac MRI is a medical imaging technology that provides a noninvasive diagnostic assessment of the cardiovascular system.
At some point in our lives, most of us have experienced some kind of unexplained sound deep in our ear, and most of the time, it stops after a little while.
This month, UCSF Medical Center announced that patients can now see radiographic studies including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans and some ultrasounds on MyChart.
Varicose veins are common condition involving swollen, twisted veins that you can see just under the surface of the skin.
When it comes to medical care, many factors can determine the types of treatment and medications that are available to patients.
A year ago, long-time San Franciscan and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley received a shocking diagnosis.
With over 15 of experience in radiology, and as an internationally-recognized expert in the use of imaging for the detection and treatment of genitourinary diseases such as prostate cancer, Antonio Westphalen, MD considers the role radiologists play in overall patient care significant.
At UCSF Radiology, interventional radiologists use minimally invasive procedures as surgical alternatives for treatment of varicose veins.
I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank everyone within the UCSF Health Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Department for the care you provide to our patients and each other!  In recognition of our amazing team, banners and posters will be visible on campus to represent National Radiologic Technologist Week so that everyone can join us in celebrating our dedication and achievements.
In September, UCSF Radiology hosted a Live Twitter chat on prostate cancer - advances in diagnosis and treatment and what the community wants to know.
Earlier this month, Mathew Knowles, the father and former manager of Beyoncé and Solange, announced that he received treatment for breast cancer.
This post was authored by Elizabeth Fernandez, senior public information representative with UCSF News.
Last month, the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging cohosted an event with the Department of Urology that gathered an elite group of experts on prostate health to join in conversation with an engaged and interested audience.
The past decade has seen a number of new molecular diagnostic and therapeutic imaging agents enter clinical practice, especially in oncology, cardiology, and the neurosciences.
On Sunday, October 27, 2019, a team from UCSF Radiology will walk in support of breast care programs at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG).
Two UCSF Radiology team members, Ricky Ng, RT, radiologic technologist and Gerard Phillips, interventional radiology nurse, were acknowledged with PRIDE Awards at the fifth annual UCSF Health Evening of Honors & Awards on August 21.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging would like to extend a warm welcome to our talented incoming faculty members.
Risk-based factors for risk-based breast cancer screening including family history, race, age, prior breast biopsy, and breast density have not been evaluated in routine screening mammography practice.
A chest computed tomography (CT) scan finds a lung nodule; what is the significance of that? Brett Elicker, MD, chief of Cardiac & Pulmonary Imaging at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging spoke about this topic as part of the UCSF Osher Mini Medical School lecture series.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging would like to announce the appointment of Christopher Laubenthal, MBA, as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, effective July 15, 2019.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging The UCSF Radiology marketing team is grateful to Bay Area referrers who have provided their feedback regarding customer service needs and communications preferences throughout the past four years.
In 2017, construction began on the six-story, 170,000-square-foot UCSF Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building (PCMB) on UC San Francisco's Mission Bay campus, situated within steps of the UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital and the Mission Bay research building for the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCC).
Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostatic enlargement, is a common condition in aging men.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging In April, UCSF Radiology hosted our first Live Twitter chat on diagnosing and treating hereditary cancers alongside the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCC) and its Center for BRCA Research.
This week is National Nurses Week, started by the American Nurses Association to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession.
Overall, many people are unaware of the importance of osteoporosis screening and preventive measures that can be taken.
Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as DBT, is a further evolution of digital mammography in which a series of low-dose projection images of the breast are obtained at different angles.
In the past, the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging has teamed up with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Center for BRCA Research for panel discussions offering valuable insights on diagnosing and treating hereditary cancers.
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).
Thermography, also known as thermal imaging, uses a special camera to produce images, known as thermograms, showing patterns of heat and blood flow near or on the surface of the body.
Alastair Martin, PhD, has been appointed as associate chair for capital projects for the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Christine Glastonbury, MD, has been appointed as vice chair for academic affairs for the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Recent studies have supported a recommendation by the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging that annual mammography screening start at age 40 for women of low or average risk.
Preventive imaging exams are designed to detect cancer and noncancerous health conditions in their early stages, when diseases are more treatable and curable.
In July 2017, UCSF Radiology broke ground on the largest-ever expansion of the Parnassus facility with new reception and holding areas.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging When Alisa Brozinsky was just 34 years old, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Ginger Conejero was living the dream.
A landmark mammography study has found that women who receive annual breast cancer screenings will have a lower mortality rate and will benefit more from therapy upon diagnosis of breast cancer.
UCSF Radiology is excited to announce that our Interventional Radiology Clinic at UCSF Health Parnassus campus now has a new home.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying news.
It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of our former Chairman and friend.
Colorectal cancer screening is an “in-the-news” topic, as the American Cancer Society (ACS) now recommends that people of average risk should start regular screening at age 45, rather than age 50.
Continued improvements in PET/CT systems can lead to increased diagnostic accuracy and specificity, along with enhanced image quality, better treatment planning and more efficient workflows.
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, when the disease is potentially more treatable and curable.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging It started with dizziness.
Interventional radiology physicians at UCSF, including Ryan Kohlbrenner, MD, now offer an alternative to prostate surgery—prostate artery embolization (PAE).
Interventional Radiology physicians at UCSF, including Maureen Kohi, MD, chief of Intervential Radiology, offers minimally invasive image-guided procedures (MIIPs) to treat uterine fibroids.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging “My husband rarely complains,” said Jane McCarty, and it’s easy to believe.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging It started with a small but persistent noise in her right ear.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Michael Johnson doesn’t mess around.
When you are referred by your doctor to undergo an MRI examination, it’s natural to wonder about the effects this will have on your body, how useful the results of the examination will be in charting the course of your care, and how the procedure might or might not go as planned, or as you hoped or expected.
Author:  Laurel Skurko, Marketing Director, UCSF Radiology and Biomedical Imaging “The San Francisco VA has taken care of me from head to toe.

UCSF Radiology Nurses Honored at Nurses Week Awards Ceremony

This week is National Nurses Week, started by the American Nurses Association to celebrate and elevate the nursing profession. On May 8, 2019 the UCSF Health Department of Nursing held their annual Nurses' Week Awards ceremony. Two nurses from UCSF Radiology were honored. 

Identifying Risk Factors for Early Osteoporosis Screening

Overall, many people are unaware of the importance of osteoporosis screening and preventive measures that can be taken. Regular screening can diagnose osteoporosis and other bone problems early.

Recent Studies Support the Effectiveness of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT)

According to recent studies, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can lead to better breast cancer detection and fewer false-positive recalls compared to digital mammography.

#UCSFRadChat: Using Twitter to Chat About Hereditary Cancer

UCSF Radiology is hosting a #UCSFRadChat on Twitter on Friday, April 26, 2019 where we'll be asking a series of questions related to BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutations, imaging testing, new research and resources available for physicians and patients.

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).

A Recent Story Reminds Us That Thermography is Not a Substitute for Mammography

A recent news segment reminds us that thermography should not be used as a standalone method of breast cancer detection.

Alastair Martin, PhD, Appointed Associate Chair for Capital Projects

Alastair Martin, PhD, has been appointed associate chair for capital projects for the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. 

Christine Glastonbury, MD, Appointed Vice Chair for Academic Affairs

Christine Glastonbury, MD, has been appointed vice chair for academic affairs for the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.

Mammography and CT Lung Cancer Screening Can Improve Population-Based Health Outcomes

Recent studies support UCSF Radiology's recommendation that annual mammography screening begin at age 40 for women of low or average risk. Mammography can also lead to another health benefit—an opportunity for women to receive lung cancer screening, if eligible.

Preventive Screening Guidelines for Physicians

Preventive imaging exams are designed to detect cancer and noncancerous health conditions in their early stages, when diseases are more treatable and curable. While physicians keep current with preventive care guidelines and recommend and encourage patients to have appropriate screenings, only a small portion of eligible patients receive recommended screenings. 

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