Imaging Center at China Basin Landing

The UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin offers the latest Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) and Computed Tomography (CT or CAT Scan) technology. PET and CT scans are standard imaging tools that allow doctors to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body.

The PET scan detects the metabolic signal of actively growing cancer cells and the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the internal anatomy that reveals the location, size and shape of cancerous growths. When the results of PET and CT scans are "fused" together, the combined image provides complete information on cancer location and metabolism.

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Your Visit

In the six hours before your visit, you should not consume anything other than water. You may take your medications as usual before your scan if they can be tolerated on an empty stomach.

Metal can interfere with the quality of the scan, so wear comfortable clothing without any zippers, snaps, or other metal items to your appointment. Bring a list of medications you are regularly taking.

The visit will take about two hours. First, you will receive an injection of a radioactive tracer, which will take about an hour to distribute throughout your body. You will then be asked to lie down on the scanner bed. The scan takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Once the PET scan is complete, you can leave the Imaging Center. You should drink plenty of fluids following your scan to help flush the tracer out of your body.

A radiologist will interpret your PET-CT scan and send the results to your referring doctor within one to two days. You should contact your doctor to discuss the results.

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You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

UCSF Imaging Center at China Basin Landing
185 Berry St., Lobby 6, Suite 180 and 190
San Francisco, CA
Main Phone: (415) 353-4500
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Fax: (415) 353-4522

Hours: Monday to Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Additional Locations
Radiology at Parnassus
Radiology at the Ambulatory Care Center
UC Imaging Center

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothing with no zippers or other metal
  • List of current medications


Free UCSF shuttles travel between the Parnassus and Mount Zion campuses as well as other UCSF locations. For your convenience we have a Parnassus-Mount Zion Express Shuttle that leaves every 15 minutes.

The shuttle departs from Parnassus in front of the UCSF Kalmanovitz Library at 530 Parnassus Ave.

  • At Mount Zion, the shuttle departs in front of the UCSF Shuttle sign at the corner of Sutter and Divisadero streets.
  • The first shuttle of the day leaves Parnassus at 6:45 a.m.
  • The last shuttle of the day leaves Parnassus at 8:45 p.m.

For more information about UCSF transportation, please call (415) 476-1511.

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* Wheelchair accessible bus routes

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