Terry Coates, M.D.

Terry L. Coates, M.D.




Radiology - Breast Imaging




  • Professor


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Clinical Interests

Dr. Coates has clinical interests in women's imaging, including obstetrical and breast imaging. Her primary focus is currently Breast Imaging, including tomosynthesis, mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI and the interventional procedures associated with these. She also has extensive experience in abdominal imaging, obstetrical ultrasound and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Dr. Coates has researched diagnostic techniques for evaluating flexor tendon injuries and the use of abdominal ultrasound in acute trauma patients. Other research projects include chromosomal studies of fetal cysts, ultrasound of the breast and postmenopaulsal pelvis, and new contrast agents designed for imaging the gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic system and malignant breast tumors.


Breast Imaging

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


M.D., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 1982

B.S., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 1977

Internship: Transitional Internship, St. Thomas Hospital Medical Center, Akron OH 1982-1983


Diagnostic Radiology, Aultman Hospital Medical Center, Canton OH 1983-1986


Body Sectional Imaging (Ultrashound), Aultman Hospital Medical Center, Canton OH 1986-1987

Body Sectional Imaging, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda CA 1987-1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, 1987

Professional Memberships

Accreditation Program Committee Reviewer

American College of Radiology

American Roentgen Ray Society

California Radiologic Society

Society of Breast Imaging

UC Davis Medical Center Breast Health Care Conference and Committee

UC Davis Medical Center Breast Imaging - Rad Path Conference Committee

UC Davis Medical Center Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Conference Committee

Select Recent Publications

Coates TL, McGahan JP. Fetal Face, Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2nd Edition, Informa Healthcare USA, Inc., New York, 2008;pp. 1175-1210.

Coates TL, McGahan JP. The Fetal Face. In: Goldberg BB, McGahan JP. (Ed.), Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Logical Approach. Lippincott-Raven Publishers. 1998;Chapter 11, p.271-307.

Jones CD, Eller D, Coates TL. Mucinous cystadenoma of the appendix causing intussusception in an adult. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1997;92:(5):898-899.

McGahan JP, Rose J, Coates TL, Wisner DH, Newberry P. Use of ultrasonography in the patient with acute abdominal trauma. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 1997;16:653-662.

Rubin D, Falk K, Sperling M, Ross M, Saini S, Rothman B, Shellock F, Zerhouni E, Stark D, Outwater E, Schmiedl U, Kirby L, Chezmar J, Coates TL, Change M, Siverman J, Roskey N, Burnett K, Engel J, Young S. A multicenter clinical trial of Gadolite oral suspension as a contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Magnetic Imaging Resonance. 1997;7:865-872.

Coates TL, McGahan JP. Fetal cardiac rhabdomyomas presenting as diffuse myocardial thickening. Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. 1994;13:813-816.