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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month! Parkinson’s disease occurs when brain cells that make dopamine − a chemical that coordinates movement − are damaged.
Symptoms of Gulf War Illness (GWI), a chronic, multi-symptomatic disorder affecting returning military veterans of the Persian Gulf War (1990–1991) have been difficult to treat.
This post was authored by Elizabeth Fernandez, senior public information representative with UCSF News.
Spinal CSF-venous fistulas are one type of spinal leak and a cause of spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH).
Nola Hylton, PhD and Duan Xu, PhD have been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, Class of 2021.
In 2018 a large nationally representative survey study alerted readers to the potential link between use of smartphones and increases in depressive and suicide-related symptoms among U.
We are writing with the news that our long-time colleague, mentor, teacher, and friend Harry K.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is pleased to announce that Ronald Arenson, MD, professor emeritus and longtime chair received a Gold Medal at the 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is defined as amyloid plaques, tau tangles and degeneration of nerve cells in the brain leading to memory problems, cognitive decline and dementia.
According to the American Cancer Society, about two out of every three breast cancer cases are hormone receptor-positive.
Hyperpolarized carbon-13 metabolic MRI (HP 13-C MRI) is a relatively new type of imaging study which offers novel metabolic information and contrast, unlike conventional MRI which provides primarily anatomical information.
Neurological symptoms are increasingly recognized as potential manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection, even in patients with mild or absent respiratory symptoms.
Because treatment for prostate cancer is highly individualized, molecular imaging technologies are helping to improve the ways in which prostate cancer is diagnosed and treated.
On August 6, 2020, Van Halbach, MD, clinical professor of Radiology, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, and Anesthesiology at UC San Francisco gave the Grant Hieshima Luminary Lecture at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) Annual Meeting.
Enrique Menendez, MD, director of research administration at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging will retire on September 2, 2020.
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are very common, and ACL injuries increase the risk of developing post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis and total knee replacement (TKR).
Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer, yet it remains challenging to treat.
The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)’s Research & Education Foundation recently completed reviews of its 2020 grant applications.
Despite viral suppression, individuals living with HIV face increased rates of stroke and neurocognitive impairment compared with the general population.
  Myriam Chaumeil, PhD came to UC San Francisco as a postdoctoral scholar, mentored by Sabrina Ronen, PhD.
During surgical planning conference, Jesse Courtier, MD noticed a recurring challenge – surgeons often have difficulty translating radiology information into real-world patient care for surgical planning.
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common musculoskeletal disorder in the U.
There have been numerous studies to date that have shown the outstanding research and potential clinical value of hyperpolarized carbon-13 MR (HP 13C MRI).
A hip fracture can cause life-threatening complications.
Srikantan Nagarajan, PhD has been inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) disease is common; approximately 200,000 people in the U.
Hip osteoarthritis can be a painful and debilitating condition.
Dual-energy CT (DECT) is not new, in fact, says Benjamin Yeh, MD, it has been around just as long as computed tomography (CT) has.
Placenta accreta spectrum (PAS) disorders have become a significant life-threatening disease with rising incidence and high maternal-fetal morbidity and mortality.
Parental leave policies are a frequent topic in the news, including in the field of internal medicine.
In the emergency department (ED), non-contrast head CTs are routinely acquired for patients with neurologic symptoms.
For Heather Greenwood, MD and her sister, Eleni Greenwood, MD, MSc, their connection to breast cancer is very personal.
Faculty, staff and trainees at the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging have just returned from Chicago where they attended the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA)’s 105th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.
The statistic that about one in every four women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime in the United States (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is alarming, but one that needs to be brought up during Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October and also all year-round.
This post was authored by Laura Kurtzman, senior public information representative with UCSF News.
Vaping-related lung illnesses and deaths have made headlines in the health and science arena recently as the number of cases of severe lung disease is increasing on a seemingly daily basis, with 1299 confirmed cases and 26 deaths as of October 8th, 2019.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 50 million adults in the U.
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.
Besides skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, according to the American Cancer Society.
It is with a very heavy heart that I write to share the sad news that Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD passed away late yesterday afternoon after a 2 ½ year, hard-fought battle with a rapidly-progressive form of ALS.
Parkinson’s is a disease that develops in part of the midbrain known as the substantia nigra when the cells producing dopamine start to die off.
The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging had a strong presence at the recent Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting held June 22-25, 2019 in Anaheim, CA.
Large, national, multicenter research studies such as the IDEAS (Imaging Dementia - Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) Study can produce highly credible, large-scale evidence and results.
Zhen Jane Wang, MD and Peder Larson, PhD have been selected to receive the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research’s 2019 Distinguished Investigator Award.
Even as Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD battles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) himself, he continues the rigorous lines of questioning that led him to become a leading investigator focused on neurogenerative diseases.
"Artificial intelligence, or AI, is everywhere.
“If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would you pay to take a look?” This was a question asked by Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD, and Leo Sugrue, MD, PhD, in an opinion piece recently published in Scientific American.
Estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer is the most common type of breast cancer diagnosed today.
Treatment of patients with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer is guided by disease location and extent.
It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that Sarah J.
Amyloid PET imaging is a diagnostic technique that determines whether patients with memory complaints have amyloid plaques in the brain, an indicator of Alzheimer's disease.
Hyperpolarized (HP) carbon 13 (13C) MRI is an emerging molecular imaging technique that is actively undergoing clinical translation at multiple institutions.
We know that many anticancer drugs are poisonous, leaving doctors with the careful task of administering enough chemotherapy to stop the growth of cancer cells while minimizing any damage to a patient's other organs.
Traditionally, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been used to treat patients with bone metastasis.
Osteoarthritis is a common disease with limited treatment options at this time.
Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and lower back pain are diseases that often affect the elderly.
For the last 25 years, Thomas Link, MD, PhD has focused his research on degenerative diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
“Technology in general, and machine learning specifically, are going to change how we know radiology,” says Valentina Pedoia, PhD, assistant professor in the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging.
Scientists at UC San Francisco have just conducted the first-in-human Phase I study of CTT1057 in patients with localized and metastatic prostate cancer.
By unveiling the genetic basis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), UCSF Radiology faculty Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD, Leo Sugrue, MD, PhD, and their team in the Laboratory for Precision Neuroimaging at UCSF are seeking to improve our understanding of the causes of ALS, stratify individuals based on their genetic risk, and identify new targets for treating this devastating neurodegenerative disease.
A collapse of the lung due to air in the chest, known as pneumothorax, can be a life- threatening emergency.
At the end of this month, most of the radiology community will be heading to Chicago for the Radiology Society of North America’s 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, running from November 25th through November 30th.
Alzheimer’s disease remains a diagnosis made on clinical grounds.
Radiomics is an emerging discipline in radiology.
Among neurologic disorders, neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) stand out for their debilitating impact on patients, families and society.
A new study by researchers at UC San Francisco looked at follow-up imaging for women with non-metastatic breast cancer across the country.
Research leaders and scientists from the UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging have just returned from Vancouver, BC.
Researchers from UC San Francisco have identified two previously unrecognized genetic risks that are significantly associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - one of which is also a risk factor for frontotemporal dementia (FTD), another neurodegenerative disease which typically weakens a different set of brain functions.
Researchers from UC San Francisco have discovered a new link between frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and immune dysfunction.
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.

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD Receives Important NIH HEAL Initiative Grant for The Back-Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program to Address Chronic Low Back Pain

The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is pleased to announce that Sharmila Majumdar, PhD has been awarded a research grant for the Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to tackle the national opioid crisis.

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.

Scientists at UCSF Study Impact of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET on Post Radical Prostatectomy (RP) Salvage Radiotherapy

Recently, scientists from the UC San Francisco Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Urology and Radiation Oncology came together to study the impact of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET on post radical prostatectomy (RP) salvage radiotherapy.

Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD (1978-2019)

It is with a very heavy heart that I write to share the sad news that Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD passed away after a 2 ½ year, hard-fought battle with a rapidly-progressive form of ALS.

Gene Therapy Trial for Parkinson's Disease Uses Intra-Operative MRI-Guided Monitoring

Scientists at UC San Francisco have pioneered the use of gene therapy to address Parkinson's disease. UCSF Radiology's Dr. Alastair Martin was a co-author in this research

A Recap of UCSF Radiology at SNMMI 2019

The UC San Francisco Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging had a strong presence at the recent Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting held June 22-25, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. 

Zhen Jane Wang, MD and Peder Larson, PhD Selected as Distinguished Investigators

Zhen Jane Wang, MD and Peder Larson, PhD have been selected to receive the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research's 2019 Distinguished Investigator Award.

Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD Investigates the Science and Experience of ALS

Even as Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD battles amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) himself, he continues the rigorous lines of questioning that led him to become a leading investigator focused on neurogenerative diseases. 

Jae Ho Sohn, MD, MS Talks About the Present and Future of AI in Health Care

A recent video story from the Washington Post looks at artificial intelligence (AI) and its future in health care. Jae Ho Sohn, MD, MS appears on this video.

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