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Using Interventional Radiology to Avoid Surgery and Treat Uterine Fibroids

Interventional radiology (IR) can help address many health conditions that previously required surgery. One helpful application is the treatment of uterine fibroid tumors. 

Uterine embolization before and after 2
Before and after images show that, following uterine artery embolization, a fibroid tumor is dramatically reduced in size and no longer takes up the imaging contrast agent, indicating necrosis, or "death," of the tumor.

A relatively new IR option for women with fibroids is high-intensity focused ultrasound or HIFU (also known as magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound or MRgFUS).  Prominent in her focus on this technique is UCSF Associate Professor Maureen Kohi, MD, whose research focuses on minimally invasive treatment options for uterine fibroids.
To learn more about minimally invasive treatments for fibroids in the uterus, please click here .
Meet Some Interventional Radiology Team Members

Maureen Kohi, MD

Dr. Kohi is an associate professor of clinical radiology in vascular and interventional radiology. Her research interest is in imaging interventions for women's health. Her interests also include interventional oncology, hepatobiliary disease interventions, and inferior vena cava filters.

Kanti Kolli, MD

Dr. K. Pallav Kolli is an assistant professor of clinical radiology. His areas of interest include the field of magnetic resonance guidance for interventional procedures, interventional oncology procedures, and venous interventions. 

Robert Kerlan, Jr., MD, FSIR
Dr. Kerlan is a professor of clinical radiology, chief of the Department of Interventional Radiology at UCSF Mt. Zion Medical Center, and chief of the Department of Interventional Radiology at UCSF. His primary research interests include management of liver disease with interventional techniques.

Osher Mini Medical School for the Public
Save the Date(s) 

Thursdays this fall from Oct. 12 - Nov. 16
at UCSF Parnassus Campus, from 7-8:30 pm
This season's radiology topic: 
Personalized Medicine Powered by Precision Imaging

Meet world-renowned experts from the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging who are using and developing new, innovative precision imaging tools to enhance diagnosis, improve disease monitoring, and optimize treatment in the individual patient. In close partnership with subspecialty physicians from other UCSF departments, radiologists are now able to use these tools to pinpoint and better treat disorders such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, and degenerative spine and joint disease at earlier stages. This series of lectures will explain how emerging technologies - including specific artificial intelligence platforms
will rely upon imaging to dramatically improve accuracy, safety, and outcomes for patients in the very near future. To register, link here .

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