Imaging Center - Diagnostic Radiology
The Imaging Center is the only all-digital breast imaging facility in San Diego County, and offers services including screening, diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, bone densitometry (DEXA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Interventional breast procedures include ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy, MRI-guided breast biopsy, and certain preoperative procedures.
As screening and early detection are a comprehensive cancer center priority, the imaging service is not limited to patients with a cancer diagnosis.
Other technologies available at UCSD include PET (positron emission tomography), CT (computerized tomography), and MR (magnetic resonance) to pinpoint cancers and create a precise map for the surgeon or radiation oncologist to remove or destroy the tumor.
- The General Electric 3.0 Tesla Ultrahigh Field MRI system has a magnetic field strength 60,000 times greater than that of the Earth and is the most powerful MRI technology available in San Diego. This MRI system is used in conjunction with the ExAblate 2000.
- Full-field digital mammography, available for both screening and diagnostic mammograms, detects more breast cancers than film-based mammography.
- A multidetector CT scanner (next door at UCSD’s Thornton Hospital) provides detailed, three-dimensional views inside the body to help radiologists screen for and track cancers throughout the body.
- The most advanced magnetoencephalography (MEG) will installed at UCSD’s Radiology Imaging Laboratory nearby in Sorrento Valley. If a patient has seizures as a result of a brain tumor, the MEG can tell exactly where in the brain the seizure started. UCSD has recruited one of the nation’s leading authorities in MEG and has retained as a consultant the scientist who invented MEG. This machine will be used for clinical studies as well as for basic research into how the brain works.
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