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Cynthia Chin, M.D.

Radiologist

Dr. Cynthia Chin is director of Spinal Pain Management at the UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin, and an expert in CT-guided spine injections to treat pain. She also has expertise in magnetic resonance neurography, and spinal and nerve diffusion imaging.

Chin earned a medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where she completed a radiology residency program. She completed a neuroradiology fellowship at UCSF. In her research, she studies advanced imaaging of the spine and nerves. She is a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology and American Society of Spine Radiology. Chin is an associate professor of clinical radiology and neurosurgery at UCSF.

Clinics

Imaging Center at China Basin
185 Berry St., Lobby 6, Suite 190
San Francisco, CA 94107
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Phone: (415) 353-4500
Fax: (415) 353-7140

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

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.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Cynthia Chin

Education

Tufts University 1991

Residencies

New England Medical Center 1996

Fellowships

UCSF Radiology Dept. 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Bucknor MD, Steinbach LS, Saloner D, Chin CT. Magnetic resonance neurography evaluation of chronic extraspinal sciatica after remote proximal hamstring injury: a preliminary retrospective analysis. J Neurosurg. 2014 Aug; 121(2):408-14.
  2. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas VC. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 3; 79(1):25-30.
  3. Upadhyaya CD, Wu JC, Chin CT, Balamurali G, Mummaneni PV. Avoidance of wrong-level thoracic spine surgery: intraoperative localization with preoperative percutaneous fiducial screw placement. J Neurosurg Spine. 2012 Mar; 16(3):280-4.
  4. Shepherd TM, Hess CP, Chin CT, Gould R, Dillon WP. Reducing patient radiation dose during CT-guided procedures: demonstration in spinal injections for pain. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 Nov-Dec; 32(10):1776-82.
  5. Zaharchuk G, Saritas EU, Andre JB, Chin CT, Rosenberg J, Brosnan TJ, Shankaranarayan A, Nishimura DG, Fischbein NJ. Reduced field-of-view diffusion imaging of the human spinal cord: comparison with conventional single-shot echo-planar imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2011 May; 32(5):813-20.
  6. Du R, Auguste KI, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Weinstein PR. Magnetic resonance neurography for the evaluation of peripheral nerve, brachial plexus, and nerve root disorders. J Neurosurg. 2010 Feb; 112(2):362-71.
  7. Liao YJ, Dillon WP, Chin CT, McDermott MW, Horton JC. Intracranial hypotension caused by leakage of cerebrospinal fluid from the thecal sac after lumboperitoneal shunt placement. Case report. J Neurosurg. 2007 Jul; 107(1):173-7.
  8. Lewis AM, Layzer R, Engstrom JW, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. Magnetic resonance neurography in extraspinal sciatica. Arch Neurol. 2006 Oct; 63(10):1469-72.
  9. Acosta FL, Quinones-Hinojosa A, Gadkary CA, Schmidt MH, Chin CT, Ames CP, Rosenberg WS, Weinstein P. Frameless stereotactic image-guided C1-C2 transarticular screw fixation for atlantoaxial instability: review of 20 patients. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2005 Oct; 18(5):385-91.
  10. Wu YW, Chin CT, Chan KM, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Pediatric Chiari I malformations: do clinical and radiologic features correlate? Neurology. 1999 Oct 12; 53(6):1271-6.
  11. Bonawitz C, Castillo M, Chin CT, Mukherji SK, Barkovich AJ. Usefulness of contrast material in MR of patients with neurofibromatosis type 1. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1998 Mar; 19(3):541-6.
  12. Oates E, Selland DL, Chin CT, Achong DM. Gallbladder nonvisualization with pericholecystic rim sign: morphine-augmentation optimizes diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. J Nucl Med. 1996 Feb; 37(2):267-9.
  13. Chin CT, Sarno RC. Images in clinical medicine. Corticosteroid osteonecrosis. N Engl J Med. 1995 Feb 23; 332(8):511.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.