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Precision Spine and Peripheral Nerve Center

The UCSF Precision Spine and Peripheral Nerve Center offers advanced imaging technology and neuroradiologist expertise to treat and diagnose complex spine, back and nerve pain.

During spine procedures, we use state-of-the-art 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners and 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanners for unparalleled precision and patient safety. We are the only medical center in Northern California to integrate high-field MRI and high-resolution CT for the diagnosis and treatment of spine and peripheral nerve problems. We are often able to locate the true source of our patients' pain, and then safely deliver pain medication to that location with pinpoint accuracy. In addition, we use low-dose CT and X-ray fluoroscopy techniques, pioneered by our radiologists and scientists, to minimize patients' radiation exposure during spinal procedures.

Most of our patients experience a dramatic decrease in pain after our CT-guided spinal injection procedures. This allows them to participate in physical therapy, return to their daily activities and in some cases, gives them more time to evaluate surgical options. Some of our patients who have undergone kyphoplasty for compression fractures of the spine have been able to avoid needing to use a wheelchair or enter a nursing home.

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Our Services

We offer the following CT- and fluoroscopically-guided spine intervention procedures:

  • Provocative discography
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Myelography
  • Spinal biopsy
  • Selective nerve root block
  • Epidural injection
  • Facet injection and medial branch block
  • Radiofrequency ablation for facet and sacroiliac pain syndromes
  • Sympathetic ganglion block
  • Sacroiliac joint injection
  • Epidural blood patch
  • Spinal tumor ablation
  • Piriformis injection
  • Cyst aspiration and drainage
  • Vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and sacroplasty
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression for spinal stenosis

Conditions Treated

  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Discogenic pain
  • Facetogenic pain
  • Peripheral neuritis and neuropathy
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sacral and vertebral compression fractures
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Spinal deformity and spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal tumor
  • Synovial cyst
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Getting Here

Precision Spine and Peripheral Nerve Center
185 Berry St. Lobby 6, Suite 180
San Francisco, CA 94107
Main Phone: (415) 353-4500
Appointments: (415) 353-2573
Center Nurse: (415) 353-3717
Fax: (415) 353-7140

Hours: Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Clinic Team

William P Dillon
Dr. William P. Dillon,
radiologist
Cynthia Chin
Dr. Cynthia Chin,
radiologist
Christopher Hess
Dr. Christopher Hess,
neuroradiologist