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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Benjamin M. Yeh, MD

Assistant Chief of Radiology, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Radiology, UCSF


New Computed Tomography Techniques and Contrast Materials for Abdominopelvic Disorders

Dr. Yeh is active in developing novel applications for computed tomography (CT), which is the dominant clinical imaging method used for the diagnosis and staging of abdominopelvic disorders. Dr. Yeh’s research focuses on improving delivery of contrast materials used in CT scans and on better quantifying their physiological effects, with the goal of improving monitoring of tumors, vascular diseases, and diseases of the liver/gall bladder/bile duct system. In particular, Dr. Yeh has one of the few academic laboratories active in the synthesis of novel CT contrast materials, including macromolecular agents that can be used with dynamic contrast-enhanced CT to assess tumor angiogenesis and leakiness in response to systemic therapy, and agents for dual-energy CT. Ongoing work also focuses on CT of renal function, the toxic effects of contrast materials on the kidney, and novel quantitative imaging CT methods.

To see Dr. Yeh on Pub Med, click here.