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Cynthia Chin, M.D.


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.


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

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Tufts University 1991


New England Medical Center 1996


UCSF Radiology Dept. 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Cage TA, Yuh EL, Hou SW, Birk H, Simon NG, Noss R, Rao A, Chin CT, Kliot M. Visualization of nerve fibers and their relationship to peripheral nerve tumors by diffusion tensor imaging. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Sep; 39(3):E16.
  2. Magill ST, Brus-Ramer M, Weinstein PR, Chin CT, Jacques L. Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome: current diagnostic criteria and advances in MRI diagnostics. Neurosurg Focus. 2015 Sep; 39(3):E7.
  3. Fujimori T, Le H, Hu SS, Chin C, Pekmezci M, Schairer W, Tay BK, Hamasaki T, Yoshikawa H, Iwasaki M. Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Cervical Spine in 3161 Patients: A CT-Based Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2015 Apr 1; 40(7):E394-403.
  4. Simon NG, Narvid J, Cage T, Banerjee S, Ralph JW, Engstrom JW, Kliot M, Chin C. Visualizing axon regeneration after peripheral nerve injury with magnetic resonance tractography. Neurology. 2014 Oct 7; 83(15):1382-4.
  5. Simon NG, Ralph JW, Poncelet AN, Engstrom JW, Chin C, Kliot M. A comparison of ultrasonographic and electrophysiologic 'inching' in ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Clin Neurophysiol. 2015 Feb; 126(2):391-8.
  6. 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.
  7. Simon NG, Cage T, Narvid J, Noss R, Chin C, Kliot M. High-resolution ultrasonography and diffusion tensor tractography map normal nerve fascicles in relation to schwannoma tissue prior to resection. J Neurosurg. 2014 May; 120(5):1113-7.
  8. Trattner S, Pearson GD, Chin C, Cody DD, Gupta R, Hess CP, Kalra MK, Kofler JM, Krishnam MS, Einstein AJ. Standardization and optimization of CT protocols to achieve low dose. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Mar; 11(3):271-8.
  9. Simon NG, Ralph JW, Chin C, Kliot M. Sonographic diagnosis of true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. Neurology. 2013 Nov 26; 81(22):1965.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Keen NN, Chin CT, Engstrom JW, Saloner D, Steinbach LS. Diagnosing ulnar neuropathy at the elbow using magnetic resonance neurography. Skeletal Radiol. 2012 Apr; 41(4):401-7.
  14. Virayavanich W, Ringler MD, Chin CT, Baum T, Giaconi JC, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Jones KD, Link TM. CT-guided biopsy of bone and soft-tissue lesions: role of on-site immediate cytologic evaluation. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2011 Jul; 22(7):1024-30.
  15. 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.
  16. Wang VY, Chou D, Chin C. Spine and spinal cord emergencies: vascular and infectious causes. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2010 Nov; 20(4):639-50.
  17. Gelfand JM, Duncan JL, Racine CA, Gillum LA, Chin CT, Zhang Y, Zhang Q, Wong LJ, Roorda A, Green AJ. Heterogeneous patterns of tissue injury in NARP syndrome. J Neurol. 2011 Mar; 258(3):440-8.
  18. Wang VY, Chin CT, Lu DC, Smith JS, Chou D. Free-hand thoracic pedicle screws placed by neurosurgery residents: a CT analysis. Eur Spine J. 2010 May; 19(5):821-7.
  19. 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.
  20. Sahgal A, Ames C, Chou D, Ma L, Huang K, Xu W, Chin C, Weinberg V, Chuang C, Weinstein P, Larson DA. Stereotactic body radiotherapy is effective salvage therapy for patients with prior radiation of spinal metastases. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Jul 1; 74(3):723-31.

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.