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Physicians Update

Winter 2012

UCLA Clinical Updates: The Latest Advances

  • UCLA physicians are leading a large, NIH-funded study that uses a variety of advanced brain-imaging techniques to determine the mechanisms that make electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) effective for treatment-resistant depression.

  • UCLA's Integrative East-West Esophageal Disorders Program offers patients the latest cutting-edge diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures and the best of traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and patient-centered education focusing on Chinese nutrition, self-acupressure techniques and stress management.

  • UCLA is offering NaF PET/CT scans, which are now eligible for Medicare reimbursement, in both Westwood and Santa Monica locations. The test is particularly helpful in determining the presence of bone metastases in patients with cancers of the prostate, breast, lungs, kidneys and thyroid - cancers that are prone to spread to the bones.

  • The UCLA Division of Gynecologic Oncology offers the most innovative treatments currently available while also furthering the scientific understanding of gynecologic cancers and developing tomorrow's groundbreaking therapies.

  • The Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center provides complete care for patients with cardiomyopathy, offering detailed, comprehensive evaluation, the latest medical technology and the most advanced management techniques to ensure that all patients - from those with heart disease risk factors or early cardiomyopathy to advanced and highly complex cases of heart failure - receive optimal management to achieve superior clinical outcomes.

  • The Interventional Endoscopy Program at UCLA offers the most advanced and effective endoscopic treatments for a variety of benign and malignant disorders of the digestive tract, including Barrett's esophagus, strictures of the esophagus and esophageal cancer.

To download these and other clinical advances at UCLA Health, go to: www.uclahealth.org/clinicalupdates

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