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Cynthia Chin, MD

Title(s)Professor, Radiology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-353-2564
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    2013Best Doctors in America 2013
    2011Best Doctors in America 2011
    American Society of Spine Radiology2011First Place Mentor Research Award
    2010America's Top Radiologists
    Radiological Society of North America2010Trainee Research Award
    UCSF Medical Center2010Exceptional Physician Award nominee
    Western Neuroradiology Society2010GH Wilson Award Best Paper
    UCSF Medical Center 2007Exceptional Physician Award nominee
    UCSF2006Margulis Society Research Award
    Tufts University School of Medicine1996WC Widrich Radiology Resident Award
    California Pacific Medical Center1992FJ Rigney Scholarship Intern of the Year
    Tufts University School of Medicine19911st place Basic Science Research Award
    University of California1984Honor Society

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    Cynthia Chin, MD, is a Professor of Clinical Radiology and Neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and she is a faculty member of the neuroradiology subspecialty in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Chin introduced and developed CT-guided spine injections at UCSF. She is the Director of the UCSF Spinal Pain Management, and her interests include the spine and peripheral nervous system, magnetic resonance neurography, spinal injections, and spinal and nerve diffusion imaging. Dr. Chin received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston in Massachusetts where she returned to complete a Radiology residency program. She completed an Internal Medicine internship at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Dr. Chin advanced her training by completing a Neuroradiology fellowship from UCSF.

    Throughout Dr. Chin's medical career, she has been the recipient of many distinguished awards. These include the 2007 and 2010 UCSF Medical Center Exceptional Physician Award nomination, 2010 America's Top Radiologists, Margulis Society Research Grant award, Tufts University School of Medicine Warren C. Widrich, MD Radiology Resident Award, and others. She is a member of many organizations including the American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Neuroradiology, and American Society of Spine Radiology. Dr. Chin is a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Neuroradiology, Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography, Muscle and Nerve, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

    Dr. Chin continues to develop research in advanced imaging of the spine and nerves and the latest techniques in spine interventions for patient treatment. As a former member of the MRI Safety Committee and current member of the Radiation Safety Committee, Dr. Chin is dedicated to optimizing patient safety.

    Expertise:
    Neuroradiology

    Specialty:
    Spine and peripheral nerves

    Professional Interests:
    Spine, peripheral nerve, magnetic resonance neurography, spinal injections, spine diffusion imaging

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: Tuffs University School of Medicine, Boston
    • Internship: California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco - Internal Medicine
    • Residency: Tuffs University New England Medical Center, Boston - Radiology
    • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco - Neuroradiology
    • National Board of Medical Examiners
    • American Board of Radiology
    • Medical Board of California
    • Medical Board of Ohio
    • Certificate of Added Qualification, Neuroradiology
    • New York State

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    1. Sloan EA, Sampognaro PJ, Junn JC, Chin C, Jacques L, Ramachandran PS, DeRisi JL, Wilson MR, Kriegstein AR, Bollen AW, Solomon DA, Margeta M, Engstrom JW. Neuroglial stem cell-derived inflammatory pseudotumor (n-SCIPT): clinicopathologic characterization of a novel lesion of the lumbosacral spinal cord and nerve roots following intrathecal allogeneic stem cell intervention. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 Dec; 138(6):1103-1106. PMID: 31659431.
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    2. Beata Durcanova, Alvin Y. Chan, Joeseph A. Osorio, Cynthia Chin, Sean P. Ferris, Andrew W. Bollen, Line Jacques. Venous vascular malformations and compressive neuropathy. Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery. 2019 Jun 1; 16(J. Clin. Imaging Sci. 3 Suppl. 1 2013):113-116.
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    3. Morshed RA, Lee AT, Lee YM, Chin CT, Jacques L. Schwannomatosis of the Spinal Accessory Nerve: A Case Report. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2019 Jan; 14(1):e9-e13. PMID: 31037098.
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    4. Talbott JF, Shah VN, Uzelac A, Narvid J, Dumont RA, Chin CT, Wilson DM. Imaging-Based Approach to Extradural Infections of the Spine. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2018 12; 39(6):570-586. PMID: 30527522.
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    5. Dumont RA, Keen NN, Bloomer CW, Schwartz BS, Talbott J, Clark AJ, Wilson DM, Chin CT. Clinical Utility of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging in Spinal Infections. Clin Neuroradiol. 2019 Sep; 29(3):515-522. PMID: 29582111.
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    6. Bray DP, Chan AK, Chin CT, Jacques L. Large Cervical Vagus Nerve Tumor in a Patient with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 Treated with Gross Total Resection: Case Report and Review of the Literature. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2016; 11(1):e48-e54. PMID: 28077961.
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    7. Safaee MM, Lyon R, Barbaro NM, Chou D, Mummaneni PV, Weinstein PR, Chin CT, Tihan T, Ames CP. Neurological outcomes and surgical complications in 221 spinal nerve sheath tumors. J Neurosurg Spine. 2017 Jan; 26(1):103-111. PMID: 27472744.
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    8. Robbins NM, Shah V, Benedetti N, Talbott JF, Chin CT, Douglas VC. Magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of neuropathies of the lumbosacral plexus: a pictorial review. Clin Imaging. 2016 Nov - Dec; 40(6):1118-1130. PMID: 27454861.
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    9. Talbott JF, Narvid J, Chazen JL, Chin CT, Shah V. An Imaging-Based Approach to Spinal Cord Infection. Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2016 Oct; 37(5):411-30. PMID: 27616314.
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    10. Simon NG, Talbott J, Chin CT, Kliot M. Peripheral nerve imaging. Handb Clin Neurol. 2016; 136:811-26. PMID: 27430443.
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    11. Potts MB, McGrath MH, Chin CT, Garcia RM, Weinstein PR. Microsurgical Fenestration and Paraspinal Muscle Pedicle Flaps for the Treatment of Symptomatic Sacral Tarlov Cysts. World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb; 86:233-42. PMID: 26423931.
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    12. 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. PMID: 26323818.
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    13. 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. PMID: 26323825.
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    14. Neufeld EA, Shen PY, Nidecker AE, Runner G, Bateni C, Tse G, Chin C. MR Imaging of the Lumbosacral Plexus: A Review of Techniques and Pathologies. J Neuroimaging. 2015 Sep-Oct; 25(5):691-703. PMID: 25940664.
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    15. 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 01; 40(7):E394-403. PMID: 25811134.
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    16. 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 07; 83(15):1382-4. PMID: 25186862.
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    17. 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. PMID: 24962009.
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    18. 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. PMID: 24878283.
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    19. Neil G. Simon, Jeffrey W. Ralph, Ann Poncelet, John W. Engstrom, Cynthia Chin, Michel Kliot. 5. Segmental changes in ulnar nerve ultrasound across the elbow and their pathophysiological significance in ulnar neuropathy. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2014 Apr 1; 125(4):e2.
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    20. 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. PMID: 24628610.
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    21. Trattner S, Pearson GDN, 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):271-278. PMID: 24589403.
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    22. Simon NG, Ralph JW, Chin C, Kliot M. Sonographic diagnosis of true neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. Neurology. 2013 Nov 26; 81(22):1965. PMID: 24276334.
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    23. Toossi S, Josephson SA, Hetts SW, Chin CT, Kralik S, Jun P, Douglas VC. Utility of MRI in spinal arteriovenous fistula. Neurology. 2012 Jul 03; 79(1):25-30. PMID: 22592367.
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    24. 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. PMID: 22054638.
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    25. 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. PMID: 21920858.
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    26. 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. PMID: 21845447.
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    27. 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. PMID: 21570872.
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    28. 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. PMID: 21454408.
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    29. Cynthia T. Chin. CHAPTER 22 Imaging Preparation for Surgery. Imaging of the Spine. 2011 Jan 1; 477-494.
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    30. 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. PMID: 20974380.
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    31. 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. PMID: 20953793.
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    32. 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. PMID: 20135332.
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    33. 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. PMID: 19663545.
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    34. Cynthia T. Chin. Magnetic Resonance Neurography. Nerve and Vascular Injuries in Sports Medicine. 2009 Jan 1; 27-39.
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    35. 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 01; 74(3):723-31. PMID: 19095374.
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    36. Nicastri DG, Wisnivesky JP, Litle VR, Yun J, Chin C, Dembitzer FR, Swanson SJ. Thoracoscopic lobectomy: report on safety, discharge independence, pain, and chemotherapy tolerance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2008 Mar; 135(3):642-7. PMID: 18329487.
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    37. Acosta FL, Sanai N, Chi JH, Dowd CF, Chin C, Tihan T, Chou D, Weinstein PR, Ames CP. Comprehensive management of symptomatic and aggressive vertebral hemangiomas. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2008 Jan; 19(1):17-29. PMID: 18156044.
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    38. Smith AB, Gupta N, Strober J, Chin C. Magnetic resonance neurography in children with birth-related brachial plexus injury. Pediatr Radiol. 2008 Feb; 38(2):159-63. PMID: 18034234.
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    39. Nguyen K, Chin C, Lee DS, Mittnacht A, Srivastava S, Umesh J, Walker S, Adams D. The axillary incision: a cosmetic approach in congenital cardiac surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2007 Nov; 134(5):1358-60. PMID: 17976481.
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    40. A. Sahgal, D. Chou, C. Ames, L. Ma, C. Chuang, K. Lamborn, K. Huang, C.T. Chin, P. Weinstein, D. Larson. Proximity of Spinous/Paraspinous Radiosurgery Metastatic Targets to the Spinal Cord Versus Risk of Local Failure. International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics. 2007 Nov 1; 69(3):s243.
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    41. 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. PMID: 17639890.
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    42. Chou D, Smith JS, Chin CT. Spontaneous regression of a discal cyst. Case report. J Neurosurg Spine. 2007 Jan; 6(1):81-4. PMID: 17233298.
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    43. Lewis AM, Layzer R, Engstrom JW, Barbaro NM, Chin CT. Magnetic resonance neurography in extraspinal sciatica. Arch Neurol. 2006 Oct; 63(10):1469-72. PMID: 17030664.
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    44. Auguste KI, Chin C, Acosta FL, Ames CP. Expandable cylindrical cages in the cervical spine: a review of 22 cases. J Neurosurg Spine. 2006 Apr; 4(4):285-91. PMID: 16619674.
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    45. Acosta FL, Dowd CF, Chin C, Tihan T, Ames CP, Weinstein PR. Current treatment strategies and outcomes in the management of symptomatic vertebral hemangiomas. Neurosurgery. 2006 Feb; 58(2):287-95; discussion 287-95. PMID: 16462482.
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    46. Okuda DT, Chyung AS, Chin CT, Waubant E. Acute pathological laughter. Mov Disord. 2005 Oct; 20(10):1389-90. PMID: 16007658.
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    47. 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. PMID: 16189447.
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    48. Frank Acosta, Samantha Piper, Cynthia Chin, Philip Weinstein. P65. Clinical and radiographic outcomes as a function of number of levels decompressed with laminotomy for patients with acquired lumbar stenosis. The Spine Journal. 2005 Jul 1; 5(4):s140.
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    49. Acosta FL, Chin CT, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Ames CP, Weinstein PR, Chou D. Diagnosis and management of adult pyogenic osteomyelitis of the cervical spine. Neurosurg Focus. 2004 Dec 15; 17(6):E2. PMID: 15636572.
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    50. O'Neill CW, Liu JJ, Leibenberg E, Hu SS, Deviren V, Tay BK, Chin CT, Lotz JC. Percutaneous plasma decompression alters cytokine expression in injured porcine intervertebral discs. Spine J. 2004 Jan-Feb; 4(1):88-98. PMID: 14749197.
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    51. Mohr DC, Epstein L, Luks TL, Goodkin D, Cox D, Goldberg A, Chin C, Nelson S. Brain lesion volume and neuropsychological function predict efficacy of treatment for depression in multiple sclerosis. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Dec; 71(6):1017-24. PMID: 14622077.
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    52. von Koch CS, Young G, Chin CT, Lawton MT. Magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy of an intraaxial epidermoid: similarity to an abscess. Case illustration. J Neurosurg. 2002 Aug; 97(2):492. PMID: 12186484.
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    53. Chin CT. Spine imaging. Semin Neurol. 2002 Jun; 22(2):205-20. PMID: 12524566.
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    54. Cynthia T. Chin, Susan Chang, William P. Dillon. Chapter 11 Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors. Oncologic Imaging. 2002 Jan 1; 133-159.
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    55. 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. PMID: 10522884.
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    56. 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. PMID: 9541315.
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    57. 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. PMID: 8667058.
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    58. Chin CT, Sarno RC. Images in clinical medicine. Corticosteroid osteonecrosis. N Engl J Med. 1995 Feb 23; 332(8):511. PMID: 7830733.
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