Cynthia S. SantillanMD, FSAR
Dr. Santillan is a body imager who interprets computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound (US) of the abdomen and pelvis. She strives to provide excellent patient care by working as a team with physicians throughout the medical center to diagnose and treat complicated medical problems. As Chief of Body CT, she is constantly working to improve the quality of CT imaging at UCSD, which includes use of new technology to decrease radiation doses.
Dr. Santillan lectures and serves as a moderator at national meetings, including the meetings of the American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America and Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists. She is actively involved in resident education. Her research interests include liver imaging and cost-effectiveness analysis. She is one of the leaders of a multi-institutional collaboration in conjunction with the American College of Radiology for the development of a standardized reporting system for liver lesions in patients at risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (www.acr.org/LI-RADS). She is also working to optimize bowel imaging in patients with inflammatory bowel disease and rectal cancer with MRI, including MR enterography.