Neuroradiology Experience and Specialization

Adult and Pediatric Neuroimaging

Dr. Christine Glastonbury, interim Chief of Neuroradiology

Our subspecialists are among the nation’s most prominent experts in: 

  • Brain tumor imaging and brain MRI
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) and neck imaging
  • Epilepsy Imaging
  • Stroke and vascular imaging
  • Functional MRI and magnetic source imaging
  • Magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy
  • Imaging of neurodegenerative disorders
  • Central nervous system trauma (head/spine injuries)
  • CSF leaks
  • Pediatric disorders of brain and spine development
  • Spinal pain diagnosis and non-operative therapies such as epidural injections
  • Interventional angiography
  • Fetal MRI and pediatric MRI

Expertise Due to Experience

Patients are referred to UCSF neuroradiology from all over the world. Each year we perform and interpret over 14,000 CTs, 22,000 MRIs, 250 myelograms, more than 1,000 diagnostic angiograms, over 650 interventional procedures, and more than 500 spinal procedures including biopsies, nerve root block, epidural injections of steroids and specialized procedures including vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. For example, we offer special expertise and apply advanced cutting edge MRI techniques for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with brain, skull base and ENT tumors, traumatic brain injuries, the range of pediatric brain and spine disorders as well as for patients with spine related pain. Because we perform an unusually high number of procedures each year, referred from a variety of specialists, we have gained enormous clinical and scientific expertise. That expertise leads to more precise diagnoses and better clinical judgment and skill.  It also directly facilitates our ability to help patients and their doctors by sharing our skills in “seeing,” detecting, and treating abnormalities. This allows us to provide informative consultations to referring physicians and to suggest proper interventions.

Collaborative Approach

At UCSF neuroradiology we foster close collaboration with the physicians who refer to us: experts in Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Oncology, Otolaryngology, Primary Care/Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Radiation Oncology. We regularly work with physicians in the greater community as well as with physicians at UCSF. We also discuss difficult patient issues at a variety of multidisciplinary conferences with treating physicians, which allows us to recommend the best care plan to our patients.