John Boone, Ph.D.

John M. Boone, Ph.D.






  • Professor

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Sacramento, CA 95817
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Research/Academic Interests

John M Boone PhD is professor of radiology at the University of California Davis, and holds an appointment in the department of biomedical engineering as well. He received his undergraduate degree in biophysics at UC Berkeley, and finished his graduate work in medical physics at the University of California Irvine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Radiology in diagnostic radiological physics.

Dr. Boone has had many research interests, but has focused recently on breast dosimetry and the development of breast computed tomography (bCT) for breast cancer screening and diagnostic evaluation. His lab has designed, fabricated and tested four prototype breast CT scanners, and over 600 women have been scanned on these systems. His research on breast CT has focused on technical development, clinical assessment, observer performance and mathematical image characterization.

Dr. Boone is co-author of the medical imaging textbook, the Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, and is a commissioner of the International Commission on Radiation Units (ICRU). He is a fellow of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineering (SPIE). 


Radiology Physics

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.S., UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1981

Ph.D., Philosophy, UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1985

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1979


Research, Health Care Affiliates, Inc., Laguna Hills CA 1983-1985

Board Certifications

American Board of Medical Physics - Diagnostic Radiology - Diplomat, 1991

American Board of Radiology - Diagnostic Radiological Physics - Diplomat, 1988

Professional Memberships

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (Fellow)

American College of Radiology (Fellow)

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (Fellow)

American Institute of Physics

International Society of Photo Optical Engineers (Fellow)

Radiologic Society of North America

Sigma Xi

Society of Breast Imaging (Fellow)

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 2017

Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2016

Journal Club selection, American Journal of Roentgenology (Corwin, et al.), 2016

Best Paper of the Year, Medical Physics (Hernandez A, et al.), 2015

Distinguished Investigator Award, Academy of Radiology Research, 2015

Dean?s TEAM Award for Collaborative Research, 2015

Best Paper of the Year, Medical Physics (Chen L, et al.), 2012

Select Recent Publications

Abbey, CK, Samuelson, FW, Zeng, R, Boone, JM, Eckstein, MP, Myers, K. Classification images for localization performance in ramp-spectrum noise. Medical physics, 2018;45(5): 1970-1984.

Kompaniez-Dunigan, E, Abbey, CK, Boone, JM, Webster, MA. Visual adaptation and the amplitude spectra of radiological images. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 2018;3(1): 3.

Demb, J, Chu, P, Nelson, T, Hall, D, Seibert, A, Lamba, R, Boone, J, Krishnam, M, Cagnon, C, Bostani, M, Gould, R, Miglioretti, D, Smith-Bindman, R. Optimizing Radiation Doses for Computed Tomography Across Institutions: Dose Auditing and Best Practices. JAMA internal medicine. 2017;117(6): 810-817. 

Boone, JM, McNitt-Gray, MF, Hernandez, AM. Monte Carlo Basics for Radiation Dose Assessment in Diagnostic Radiology. Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR. 2017;14(6): 793-794. 

Hernandez, AM, Seibert, JA, Nosratieh, A, Boone, JM. Generation and analysis of clinically relevant breast imaging x-ray spectra. Medical physics. 2017;44(6): 2148-2160.

Lee, J, Nishikawa, RM, Reiser, I, Boone, JM. Optimal reconstruction and quantitative image features for computer-aided diagnosis tools for breast CT. Medical physics. 2017; 44(5): 1846-1856.

Lee, J, Nishikawa, RM, Reiser, I, Zuley, ML, Boone, JM. Lack of agreement between radiologists: implications for image-based model observers. Journal of medical imaging (Bellingham, Wash.). 2017;4(2): 025502.

Boone, JM, Hernandez, AM, Seibert, JA. Two-dimensional breast dosimetry improved using three-dimensional breast image data. Radiological physics and technology. 2017;10(2): 129-141.

Hernandez AM, Boone JM. Average glandular dose coefficients for pendant-geometry breast CT using realistic breast phantoms. Med Phys. 2017 Oct, 44(10): 5096-5105.

Morotti A, Romero JM, Jessel MJ, Hernandez AM, Vashkevich A, Schwab K, Burns JD, Shah QA, Bergman TA, Suri MFK, Ezzeddine M, Kirmani JF, Agarwal S, Shapshak AH, Messe SR, Venkatasubramanian C, Palmieri K, Lewandowski C, Chang TR, Chang I, Rose DZ, Smith W, Hsu CY, Liu CL, Lien LM, Hsiao CY, Iwama T, Afzal MR, Cassarly C, Greenberg SM, Martin RH, Qureshi AI, Rosand J, Boone JM, Goldstein JN; ATACH-II and NETT Investigators. Phantom-based standardization of CT angiography images for spot sign detection. Neuroradiology. 2017 Jul 20 Epub.