2014 in Review: Top Advances & Groundbreaking Research!

by UCSF Department of Radiology Team on December 15, 2014

Every year, we like to take the time to look back and reflect on the top advances, research and imaging news from the year. 2014 was an exciting time for the UCSF Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging. Here are just a few noteworthy blog posts that highlight some of the most important topics in radiology, including those related to brain research, pediatric radiology and exciting UCSF news!

Brain Connectivity Differences Shown in Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders
Innovative research by Pratik Mukherjee, MD, PhD recently demonstrated quantifiable differences between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Celebrating 150 Years of UCSF & UCSF’s Role in Changing Radiology
2014 marks UC San Francisco’s 150-year anniversary since its founding, beginning as a medical college in 1864! We highlight some accomplishments.

CT-Guided Steroid Injections for Relief of Spine Pain
The risk of stroke or spinal cord damage from a transforaminal or epidural steroid injection is quite low, and at UCSF two critical considerations allow us to reduce that low risk even further.

FAQs for Your Pediatric Radiologist
Pediatric radiologists are often asked by parents about imaging tests for their children that use medical radiation. Here are important questions to ask your pediatric radiologist.

Health Care Reform’s Impact on Radiologists
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), as a federal law, is not only increasing the number of Americans with health insurance but is also causing significant changes in how physicians are paid.

Introducing the Brain Health Registry
Learn about and get involved in a groundbreaking, web-based project designed to speed up cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other brain disorders.

NASA & UCSF: Combating Bone Loss in Space
Did you know that the effects of space travel on the human body are similar to those of aging over decades? Learn more about our NASA-funded research!

New Test Can Help Diagnose Parkinson’s
The DaTscan test is now offered at UCSF and is enabling neurologists to more accurately diagnose Parkinson’s disease in patients with essential tremor.

Non-invasive Treatment for Pain Related to Bone Metastases
Learn about a relatively new, FDA-approved treatment for pain related to bone metastases using Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound.

Private Insurance Required to Cover Low-dose CT Screening!
Thanks to recommendations by the U.S. Preventative Task Force, private insurance payors must cover the expense of the lung cancer CT screening by January 2015!

Treating Stroke Patients with New Technology
Doctors from UCSF and around the world have been researching alternative methods and devices to treat stroke-causing blood clots.

UCSF Benioff Children’s & Children’s Hospital Oakland Combine to Join Forces!
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland have formally completed an affiliation, building on the hospitals’ mutual commitment to provide outstanding care to children in local communities, and advance medical discovery and treatment for the world.

UCSF Team Wins GE & NFL Head Health Challenge Award
GE and the NFL just announced the 16 winners in the first stage of the $20 million Head Health Challenge, and UCSF Radiology is proud to be on the list!

UCSF to Introduce Patient- Friendly Scan Suites for Children
Most children have never encountered an MRI machine before, but with these new scan suites, they won’t be scared. Learn more!

Using Radium-223 to Treat Metastatic Prostate Cancer
The Nuclear Medicine Clinic at UCSF is pleased to be providing a new treatment option for men with advanced prostate cancer.

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Alexander Margulis Reflects on Global – and Local – Accomplishments

December 1, 2014

World renowned radiologist and recipient of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honorreflects on his time at UCSF. Read More…

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RSNA 2014: Discover Exciting Sessions & Presentations

November 18, 2014

UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is thrilled to, once again, have a strong presence at the Radiology Society of North America’s 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting! Read More…

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Team Receives Presidential BRAIN Initiative Grant to Revolutionize MRI Technology!

November 14, 2014

A new NIH-funded project will advance the resolution of magnetic resonance imaging, with the goal of increasing the detail in brain images more than 30 times over today’s most powerful MRI scanners. Read More…

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UCSF Radiology at Bay Area Science Festival: “You’re Never Too Young to Learn about Radiology!”

November 10, 2014

The 2014 Bay Area Science Festival was another huge success! Learn how we showed children the vital role of radiologists! Read More…

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Understanding Osteoarthritis: The Impact of Weight Loss on the Knee

October 30, 2014

How does weight loss in obese and overweight people affect the course of osteoarthritis and how does it affect the knee joint? Read More…

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Revisiting the Facts During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 20, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this month, it’s important to discuss and revisit the facts about breast cancer. Read More…

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UCSF Radiology Residency Program Ranks #1 in U.S.!

October 15, 2014

The UCSF Radiology Residency Program ranks #1 amongst the top rated diagnostic radiology residency programs in the nation, according to a U.S. News & World Report and Doximity survey. Read More…

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Don’t Just Use Social Media – Use it Responsibly

October 10, 2014

Social media represents a relatively simple technique to provide educational material in a format that is adapted to the learning styles that seem to be preferred by the “millennial” generation. Read More…

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