Nuclear Medicine

Within the Nuclear Medicine subspecialty of the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF physicians use small amounts of radioactive tracer materials to help diagnose and treat a wide range of diseases. Nuclear medicine is a safe, painless, and cost-effective way of gathering information that can be extremely helpful in making a diagnosis, and in some cases nuclear medicine is a treatment technique. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound or any other imaging exam, in that those exams determine the presence of disease based on structural appearance, rather than functional information.

 Why choose Nuclear Medicine at UCSF

  • Early and accurate image interpretation and diagnosis
  • Patient-centered imaging
  • Most-advanced diagnostic and therapeutic imaging modalities for nuclear and molecular radiology
  • Expertise in both adult and pediatric nuclear and clinical molecular imaging
  • Experience in the use of nuclear isotopes (radionuclides) for imaging studies
  • On-site cyclotron and a dedicated staff of radiochemists and radiopharmacists
  • Experience in comprehensive multi-modality imaging of cancer and advanced nuclear cardiology imaging studies

Conditions we address

Nuclear medicine helps doctors to determine the causes of a medical problem based on functional information about tissues, organs or bones (via, for example, a nuclear medicine bone scan).  We provide expert diagnosis and treatment including: 

  • Bones
  • Brain
  • Benign and malignant tumors
  • Cancers
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Gallbladder
  • Heart and vascular diseases
  • Lungs
  • Lymphoma
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Pediatrics
  • Prostate cancer
  • Renal
  • Thyroid disorders / thyroid cancer (Graves' Disease)
  • Transplant patients

Nuclear Medicine services

  • PET/CT
  • SPECT/CT (Tomographic imaging)
  • Cardiac PET Imaging
  • Ability to Synthesize Radiopharmaceuticals for Studies
  • Radiopharmaceutical therapy and theranostics

 Who we partner with

  • Patients and their families
  • Researchers from our own and other institutions
  • Donors and other visionaries committed to improving the lives of others
  • Referring colleagues, including breast surgeons, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons, and genetic counselors

Who we are

  • Faculty members
  • Nuclear Medicine Fellows
  • Postdoctoral fellows
  • Research staff
  • Medical and graduate students

Nuclear Medicine Faculty

Associate Professor
Chief of Nuclear Medicine
Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs
Assoc. Prof of Clin.Radiology
Associate Professor
Asst Prof Clinical Radiology
Assistant Professor
Assistant Director, Nuclear Medicine Residency & Fellowship Programs
Asst Professor in Residence
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor