Radiology News and Announcements

Anne Roberts, MD, explains non-invasive MR treatment for fibroid tumors
5/11/2017 -

This month's Corner Clinic, UC San Diego Health's health expert's answer column, features Anne Roberts, MD, presenting the latest advances in fibroid tumor treatment. "Traditionally, the treatment for symptomatic fibroids was a hysterectomy," says Roberts. Today, she explains, MR can be used to non-invasively heat and kill fibroid tissue with an ultrasound beam. "The MR-guided procedure is conceptually similar to burning a hole in a piece of paper by focusing a beam of sunlight with a magnifying glass," Roberts says.

Anne Roberts, MD, UCSD Radiology

Radiology adopts Toshiba's most advanced MR technology
5/4/2017 - ​UCSD Radiology now has access to Toshiba Medical's Vantage GalanTM 3T MR system, providing the latest advanced MR technology for UCSD research in musculoskeletal (MSK), neurology, and non-contrast magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA).

The new system furthers the Radiology Department's commitment to increase the throughput, practicality, and utility of MR Imaging, says Radiology Chair Alexander Norbash, MD.

UCSD Radiology faculty attend CIBR Showcase to advocate for imaging research
4/1/2017 - UCSD Radiology's Rebecca Rakow-Penner, Bill Bradley, Claude Sirlin, and Albert Hsiao attended the 2017 Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research (CIBR) Showcase on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. CIBR is a coalition between industry, academia and patient advocacy groups, whose purpose is to advocate for increased imaging research funding. Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD is Chair of the Council of Early Career Investigators.

View the photo gallery from the Academy/CIBR 8th Annual Medical Imaging Technology Showcase:

William Bradley, MD, PhD, FACR | Albert Hsiao, MD, PhD | Claude Sirlin, MD, PhD | Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD

UCSD Radiology promotes a culture of wellness
3/27/2017 - Megan Hellfeld, MD, and Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, collaborated with the UCSD Healer Education Assessment and Referral Program (HEAR) and the department of Psychiatry to establish the Radiology Wellness Program. Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, and James Chen, MD, co-mentors of the program, will present on burnout and resilience at Grand Rounds in the summer of 2017.

Letter from Isabel Newton, MD, PhD, co-mentor of UCSD Radiology Wellness Program:

Dear Colleagues, Fellows, Residents and Staff,

I am sharing with you a profound article written by a fellow physician that I hope you will read. It so beautifully articulates why we must strive to foster a culture of wellness and balance and reject the ingrained biases that have allowed us to accept burnout as normal and to stigmatize mental illness and marginalize those who seek treatment.

As you may know, our own Megan Hellfeld and Rebecca Rakow have spearheaded a singular Radiology Wellness Program at UCSD, in collaboration with the HEAR program. The HEAR program (of which we are members) gives talks on burnout, depression, and suicide and connects healthcare providers in distress to resources. Megan and Rebecca started by submitting an RSNA grant and enlisting the support of members of the Psychiatry department in helping lead our residents in wellness activities.  Jim Chen and I serve as co-mentors and will be giving Grand Rounds on burnout and resilience this summer. Dr. Norbash has been extraordinarily supportive of these endeavors. We look forward to developing this program together and welcome your feedback.

If you would like to be connected with resources confidentially through the HEAR Program, please know that your privacy will be protected.  All referrals are handled by the HEAR program social workers - this information is not shared with me or any other member of the HEAR committee.

Being a member of the HEAR committee has been very rewarding and fulfilling, thanks to the generosity and dedication of the people involved.  I am also proud to be part of a department that is recognizing the value of promoting a culture of wellness and balance.  Together, we can cultivate an environment where we can be kind to ourselves, supportive of each other, and helpful to our patients.

Best wishes,

Isabel Newton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
A new genetic test predicts age-associated risk for Alzheimer's Disease
3/27/2017 - A new polygenic hazard scoring (PHS) system has been developed by a research team led by UC San Diego and UC San Francisco scientists. Anders Dale, PhD, director for the Center of Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine at UCSD, reports that the novel genetic test may be used to predict both the lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease and the age of disease onset.