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Dr. Pretorius' poem published in August edition of San Diego Physician Magazine.

August 15, 2015

Why Are We Here?
By Delores H. Pretorius, MD

This poem was written for the Ultrasound Team at UC San Diego to remind us of how we work together to provide optimal patient care. I think sometimes we forget that each on of us, from administrator, to doctor, to sonographer, to researcher, to secretary, has a job that is very special and that, when work together, we can really make a difference.

Click here to read the poem.

Dr. Alex Norbash to begin tenure as UCSD Radiology Chair on September 14th.

August 3, 2015

Continuing the fabulous legacy set by Drs. Lasser, Berk, Leopold, and Bradley, Dr. Alex Norbash, currently Chair of Radiology at Boston University, will assume the role of Chair at UCSD on September 14th. Dr. Norbash specializes in Neuro Interventional Radiology, enjoying its unique combination of technology and humanism. After completing the first Neuro Interventional Fellowship ever offered at Stanford, he moved to Boston. Amongst other things he founded the first Neuro Interventional practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In addition, he received an additional degree in health care management because he wanted to have more financial responsibility. He transitioned to Boston University and has been their Radiology Chair for 11 years. He has performed thousands of endovascular neuroradiology procedures, including innumerable aneurysm repairs and was one of the first clinician-interventionalists to develop and describe the technology of stenting for the carotid and intracranial arteries. Other clinical interests include endovascular aneurysm therapy, endovascular treatment of arteriovenous malformations, and percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty.

He values innovation and feels that radiology in this era can be the center for creativity and added value for patient care. He extols the importance of democratization when making decisions for change. Eager to join the renowned UCSD Radiology department, he also admits to "looking forward to learning about your secret surfing spots."

Photo: Dr. Norbash flanked on his right by Drs. Jim Brewer and Christine Chung and on his left by Drs. Dale, Hsiao, and Karow during his visit to CTIPM (Center for Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine).

Dr. Rivera interviewed for local magazine!

July 13, 2015

92127 Magazine interviewed Dr. Rivera and detailed the myriad international teaching events Dr. Rivera provides in Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico, all free to the public. He is an inspiration to us all about helping everyone, locally and abroad, benefit from his vast experience and the latest information on new technology and therapies in Interventional Radiology. Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Rivera awarded honorary membership into the Cuban Radiological Society!

July 13, 2015

Dr. Rivera has been inducted into the Cuban Imaging Society. Founded in 2007, it replaced the pre-revolutionary Cuban Radiological Society from the 30's. Dr. Rivera has been a corresponding member since 2008 and was named an Honorary Member on June 19, 2015. This honor becomes all the more noteworthy when you understand that he is the only person ever to be awarded an honorary membership and the only member of any kind from USA.

Dr. Rivera wins the 2014 Cuban Annual Book Award for Health!

July 13, 2015

Dr. Rivera, and his co-author Dr. Valls, wrote a two volume Interventional Radiology book in Spanish, called Manual de Procedimientos Básicos en Imaginologia Intervencionista. Not only was the book widely praised, it won the coveted Cuba Annual Book Award for Health in 2014 for the entire island nation. This award is given to the best book in health sciences, as chosen by the Ministry of Health, Republic of Cuba. Congratulations to Dr. Rivera for this incredible honor!

Dr. Katherine "Meg" Richman interviewed regarding the future changes, and growth of imaging, within UCSD Radiology.

July 13, 2015

Dr. Richman, body imager, discusses the plans for UCSD Radiology given the future opening of the Jacobs Medical Center and Outpatient Pavilion, as well as the proposed technological changes, including Online Decision Support. Read more

Genetics Overlap Found Between Alzheimer's Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

April 28, 2015

Research resident Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD and Anders Dale, PhD, Director of the Center for Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine at UC San Diego, have found that inflammation and high blood lipids may play role in dementia risk.  Finding this overlap also offers therapeutic targets.  

Read more at Genetics Overlap Found Between Alzheimer's Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

MRI-guided Technique Creates 3-D Roadmap of the Prostate

April 1, 2015

UCSD Radiology superstars Dr. David Karow and Dr. Anders Dale are putting UCSD on the map with new prostate MR imaging  techniques!

Read the article.

Dr. Mattrey is a 2015 AUR Award Winner

March 30, 2015

It has just been announced. Dr. Robert Mattrey has been chosen for the coveted RRA Innovation and Leadership Award.

Senior Resident Desikan and Vice Chair of Research Dale deliver landmark article on genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's Disease

February 17, 2015

Dr. Rahul Desikan and Dr. Anders Dale have once again provided groundbreaking research regarding Alzheimer's Disease. Leading an international team of scientists, Drs. Desikan and Dale have identified the microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) gene as increasing the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Read more.

Dr. Dale is the Vice Chair for Research in the UCSD Radiology Department, helping to further transform the internationally known radiology research division at UCSD. Dr. Desikan is one of the radiology research residents, incorporating 1.5 years of radiology research into his 5 years of radiology residency training (diagnostic radiology residency programs that do not incorporate research take 4 years). His attendings at UCSD are quite proud of his accomplishments, achieving so much while still a resident.

Dr. Karow interviewed on KUSI News about RSI Imaging to diagnose and biopsy Prostate Cancer

January 9, 2015

Dr. Karow explains how UCSD is currently the only place in California and perhaps the USA to offer target biopsy of small tumors that can be missed on conventional prostate MRI. By using RSI imaging, small tumors can be seen and urologists can perform targeted biopsy based on the imaging.

Video of Dr. Karow

Dr. Bradley to be awarded the ARRS Gold Medal in April 2015!

December 8, 2014

The American Roentgen Ray Society will bestow their coveted Gold Medal award during their next annual meeting, April 19-24, 2015, in Toronto. This will be the 4th gold medal of a major radiology society that Dr. Bradley will receive, having already being awarded the gold medals for the RSNA (2003), ACR (2012) and ISMRM (1989) Societies. Perhaps a new award category should be created for the amazing few radiologists able to garner all 4 such rare awards!

7 UCSD Radiologists win San Diego Top Doc Award for 2014

September 29, 2014

Top Doc designation is given to physicians voted on by their peers and colleagues throughout the county to be the best in their field in San Diego. 7 of our faculty won this year:

Giovanna Casola, MD
Carl Hoh, MD
Tudor Hesketh Hughes, MD
Mini Nutan Pathria, MD
Dolores Helen Pretorius, MD
Haydee Ojeda-Fournier, MD
Katherine M. Richman, MD
Claude B. Sirlin, MD

They include 4 in Body Imaging (Drs. Casola, Pretorius, Richman, and Sirlin), 2 in Musculoskeletal Imaging (Dr. Hughes, our Program Director, and Dr. Pathria), and the Chief of Breast Imaging, Dr. Ojeda-Fournier. We are so proud of our Top Docs!

UCSD Hillcrest installs new Siemens Digital Rad Room

September 25, 2014

UCSD Radiology installed the new Siemens Ysio room at Hillcrest. This new system will accommodate patients up to 660 pounds. It has new software enhancements that allow fast processing of images, particularly musculoskeletal studies, and improved contrast with reduced noise.

New Siemens Ysio Rad room at UCSD Hillcrest.

Dr. Gerry Rivera co-authors Interventional Radiology Book in Spanish!

September 16, 2014

Dr. Rivera-Sanfeliz, a Clinical Professor of Radiology and member of our Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, has co-authored an Interventional Radiology book written in the Spanish language in collaboration with Cuban Radiologists from Hospital Hermanos Ameijeiras in Havana, Cuba. The completion of this book is the result of years of close collaboration between Dr. Rivera-Sanfeliz and his fellow Cuban colleagues.

Click below to read the back covers.

Dr. Anne Roberts to be honored with Gold Medal of the Society of Interventional Radiology Meeting 2015

August 26, 2014


Dr. David Karow and Anders Dale, PhD revolutionize prostate cancer diagnosis with MR Technology

August 12, 2014

MRI technology was used to identify and locate a probably tumor (outlined in yellow) during a targeted prostate biopsy for a patient who had previously had multiple negative biopsies but had persistently high PSA levels. Resulting biospy confirmed presence of high-grade cancer. [read more]

David KarowAnders Dale

UCSD Radiology Masters PROMO Imaging

August 19, 2014

PROMO is a revolutionary prospective motion-artifact reducing MRI technique developed by Anders Dale and his team. It works by monitoring head position every second or so and adjusting the gradients so the head is always centered relative to the gradients.

UCSD Radiology uses RSI Imaging to Hunt Down the Extent of Tumors

August 20, 2014

Restriction Spectrum Imaging (RSI), an advanced diffusion-weighted imaging technique developed at the Multimodal Imaging Laboratory by Dr. Anders Dale and Dr. Nathan White, overcomes many of the known limitations of standard DWI by separating different components of the diffusion signal, allowing one to disambiguate the slow (restricted) diffusion associated with tumor cellularity and axons from the fast (hindered) diffusion that is often influenced by edema and other non-tumor tissue in the extracellular matrix.

Isolating this slow, restricted diffusion component with RSI can significantly 1) improve tumor conspicuity in patients with high-grade primary and metastatic brain tumors, 2) improve fiber tracking through regions of peritumoral edema and 3) facilitate the interpretation of tumor response on imaging following treatment with antiangiogenic agents, compared to standard DWI and DTI.

Dr. David Karow, working with Dr. Dale, has developed RSI techniques for the evaluation of prostate cancer, providing the urologists with the first-ever ability to perform image-guided MR biopsies of the prostate, directly targeting the areas worrisome for prostate cancer.

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