Felipe Godinez, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Felipe Godinez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Radiology Physics



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Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Godinez’s research focuses on the development of novel in vivo medical imaging techniques, with emphasis on treating disease in the brain and the heart. The development of these techniques is enabled through fundamentally advancing MRI and PET imaging instrumentation, acquisition, and image and data processing. His current projects include the use of parallel transmit MR for the safe visualization of endovascular devices and the development of MR imaging protocols for real-time interventional procedures in the heart and translating these methods to applications in neuro interventions. He is also co-developing a PET insert for simultaneous PET/MR imaging in small animals. He is interested in the combined use of PET/MR to explore MR based therapeutic biomarkers in neuro-oncologic disease.


Radiology Physics

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC Riverside, Riverside CA 2008

Other School

Ph.D., Medical Imaging, UC Davis, Davis CA 2013


Biomedical Engineering, King’s College London, London, UK 2016-2021

Godinez F, Tomi-Tricot R, Quesson B, Barthel M, Lykowsky G, Scott G, Razavi R, Hajnal J, Malik S. An 8 channel parallel transmit system with current sensor feedback for MRI-guided interventional applications. Phys Med Biol. 2021 Nov 1;66(21). doi:10.1088/1361-6560/ac2fbe. PMID:34649230.

Godinez F, Tomi-Tricot R, Delcey M, Williams SE, Mooiweer R, Quesson B, Razavi R, Hajnal JV, Malik SJ. Interventional cardiac MRI using an add-on parallel transmit MR system: In vivo experience in sheep. Magn Reson Med. 2021 Dec;86(6):3360-3372. doi: 10.1002/mrm.28931. Epub 2021 Jul 19. PMID: 34286866.

Abdelhafez YG, Godinez F, Sood K, Hagge RJ, Boutin RD, Raychaudhuri SP, Badawi RD, Chaudhari AJ. Feasibility of dual-phase 99mTc-MDP SPECT/CT imaging in rheumatoid arthritis evaluation. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2021 Jun;11(6):2333-2343. doi:10.21037/qims-20-996. PMID:34079705.

Godinez F, Scott G, Padormo F, Hajnal JV, Malik SJ. Safe guidewire visualization using the modes of a PTx transmit array MR system. Magn Reson Med. 2020 Jun;83(6):2343-2355. doi:10.1002/mrm.28069. Epub 2019 Nov 13. PMID:31722119.

Godinez F, Gong K, Zhou J, Judenhofer MS, Chaudhari AJ, Badawi RD. Development of an Ultra High Resolution PET Scanner for Imaging Rodent Paws: PawPET. IEEE Trans Radiat Plasma Med Sci. 2018 Jan;2(1):7-16. doi:10.1109/TRPMS.2017.2765486. Epub 2017 Oct 23. PMID:31930184.

Chaudhari AJ, Ferrero A, Godinez F, Yang K, Shelton DK, Hunter JC, Naguwa SM, Boone JM, Raychaudhuri SP, Badawi RD. High-resolution (18)F-FDG PET/CT for assessing disease activity in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis: findings of a prospective pilot study. Br J Radiol. 2016 Jul;89(1063):20160138. doi:10.1259/bjr.20160138. Epub 2016 Apr 25. PMID:27109738.

Godinez F, Chaudhari AJ, Yang Y, Farrell R, Badawi RD. Characterization of a high-resolution hybrid DOI detector for a dedicated breast PET/CT scanner. Phys Med Biol. 2012 Jun 7;57(11):3435-49. doi:10.1088/0031-9155/57/11/3435. Epub 2012 May 11. PMID:22581109.

Martínez-Suástegui L, Duperray B, Godinez F, Guillén G, Slade A, Aguilar G. Laser-assisted cryosurgery in ex vivo mice hepatic tissue: viability assays using green fluorescent protein. Ann Biomed Eng. 2011 Feb;39(2):636-48. doi:10.1007/s10439-010-0186-0. Epub 2010 Oct 21. PMID:20963494.

Chaudhari AJ, Bowen SL, Burkett GW, Packard NJ, Godinez F, Joshi AA, Naguwa SM, Shelton DK, Hunter JC, Boone JM, Buonocore MH, Badawi RD. High-resolution (18)F-FDG PET with MRI for monitoring response to treatment in rheumatoid arthritis. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2010 May;37(5):1047. doi:10.1007/s00259-009-1364-x. Epub 2010 Jan 30. PMID:20119695.