John Boone, Ph.D.

John M. Boone, Ph.D.






  • Professor


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Research/Academic Interests

John M. Boone Ph.D. 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 many research interests including computed tomography dosimetry, quantitative metrics for image quality assessment, cone beam CT system design, multi-x-ray source imaging systems, and computer modeling of imaging systems.  He has focused recently on breast dosimetry and on 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 1000 breast scans have been performed on these systems. His research on breast CT has focused on technical development, clinical assessment, observer performance and clinical translation.

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).  He served as President of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in 2016, and chaired this organization’s Board of Directors in 2016.



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,

American Board of Radiology - Diagnostic Radiological Physics - Diplomat,

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

AAPM Coolidge Gold Medal Award, 2019

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. Template models for forced-localization tasks. Medical Imaging 2019: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment; 2019: International Society for Optics and Photonics: 1095206.

Boone JM, Becker AE, Hernandez AM, Dobbins III JT, Schwoebel P. Multi-x-ray source array for stationary tomosynthesis or multi-cone angle cone beam CT. Medical Imaging 2019: Physics of Medical Imaging; 2019: International Society for Optics and Photonics: 109480U.

Daskalov S, Okkalidis N, Boone JM, et al. Anthropomorphic Physical Breast Phantom Based on Patient Breast CT Data: Preliminary Results. Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Springer, Cham. 2019:367-374.

Partain L, Benedict S, Kim N, et al. Comparisons of 6 fps volume-rendered x-ray digital tomosynthesis TumoTrak-guided to 2D-MRI-guided radiotherapy of lung cancer. Medical Imaging 2019: Physics of Medical Imaging; 2019: International Society for Optics and Photonics: 109483L.

Abbey C, Samuelson F, Zeng R, Boone J, Eckstein M, Myers K. Observer adaptation to unnatural CT-like noise textures. J Vision. 2019;19:121-121.

Ghazi P, Hernandez AM, Abbey C, Yang K, Boone JM. Shading artifact correction in breast CT using an interleaved deep learning segmentation and maximum-likelihood polynomial fitting approach. Med Phys. 2019 Aug;46(8):3414-3430. doi:10.1002/mp.13599. Epub 2019 Jun 23. PMID:31102462.

Abbey CK, Bakic PR, Pokrajac DD, Maidment ADA, Eckstein MP, Boone JM. Evaluation of non-Gaussian statistical properties in virtual breast phantoms. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2019 Apr;6(2):025502. doi:10.1117/1.JMI.6.2.025502. Epub 2019 Jun 14. PMID:31259201.

Aminololama-Shakeri S, Abbey CK, López JE, Hernandez AM, Gazi P, Boone JM, Lindfors KK. Conspicuity of suspicious breast lesions on contrast enhanced breast CT compared to digital breast tomosynthesis and mammography. Br J Radiol. 2019 May;92(1097):20181034. doi:10.1259/bjr.20181034. Epub 2019 Apr 3. PMID:30810339.

Hardy AJ, Bostani M, Hernandez AM, Zankl M, McCollough C, Cagnon C, Boone JM, McNitt-Gray M. Estimating a size-specific dose for helical head CT examinations using Monte Carlo simulation methods. Med Phys. 2019 Feb;46(2):902-912. doi:10.1002/mp.13301. Epub 2018 Dec 21. PMID:30565704.

He Y, Liu Y, Dyer BA, Boone JM, Liu S, Chen T, Zheng F, Zhu Y, Sun Y, Rong Y, Qiu J. 3D-printed breast phantom for multi-purpose and multi-modality imaging. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2019 Jan;9(1):63-74. doi:10.21037/qims.2019.01.05. PMID:30788247.