Abdominal Imaging Advanced Techniques and Technologies

Imaging with Lowest Levels of Radiation

Abdominal X-ray - UCSF Medical

Employing the most sophisticated tools and procedures, the abdominal imaging subspecialty provides exceptional abdominal imaging services for referring physicians from within UCSF as well as from other medical centers. 

The UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is at the forefront of recognizing and responding to the potential risks of radiation used for medical imaging, including CT of the abdomen and pelvis. Our departmental Radiation Oversight Committee has been instrumental in implementing several practical measures for dose reduction, including CT dose reporting, using bismuth shields, and employing the most advanced and recent iterative reconstruction techniques for clinical scans.

Abdominal Imaging services include:

CT of the Abdomen and Pelvis

To screen for or diagnose infection, inflammation, and cancer as well as to monitor treatments.  Protocols are all optimized to assure low radiation dose.

MRI of the Abdomen and Pelvis

Including screening and staging  studies of the liver, pancreas, female pelvis, prostate, bowel, and kidneys. Watch how MRI works to identify gall bladder problems:

CT and MR Angiography of the Abdomen and Pelvis

Blood vessels to the abdominal organs are critical to their health and for presurgical planning. These blood vessels can be imaged with high detail by CT or MRI. These examinations evaluate for blood vessel blockages, aneurysms, active bleeding, and anatomical variants that may cause or result from disease of the abdominal organs

Fluoroscopy of Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Systems

Procedures include barium and iodinated contrast examinations of the bowel and the urinary tract. Common reasons for performing these examinations are for presurgical planning, to evaluate for post-surgical complications, to evaluate swallowing disorders, bowel motility problems, or fertility disorders.  Interpretation of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and urologic procedures are performed.


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