John C. Hunter, M.D.



Radiology - Musculoskeletal Radiology




  • Professor of Radiology
  • Radiology Musculoskeletal Division Chief
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4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Hunter's clinical interests lie in the advanced imaging of musculoskeletal disease using techniques that include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound to make the diagnosis. Interventional procedures for diagnosis and pain management using conventional and advanced techniques are another area of interest. Dr. Hunter has been actively involved in the implementation and use of digital data management. His recent research studies involve Internet-based teaching and continuing medical education. Magnetic resonance imaging of sports injuries is also an area of ongoing research. He is actively involved in projects on the use of PET/CT and MRI in rheumatoid arthritis.


Musculoskeletal Radiology


M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 1970

B.S., Belloit College, Belloit, Wisconsin, 1966


St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1971-1972

St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California, 1974-1977


UC San Francisco, San Francisco, California, 1977-1978

Board Certifications

American Board of Radiology, 1978

Professional Memberships

American Roentgen Ray Society

American Society of Emergency Radiology

Radiological Society of North America

Society of Academic Bone Radiologists

Society of Skeletal Radiology

Select Recent Publications

Yen P, Hunter JC, Escobedo E. Meniscal Ossicle in the Lateral Meniscus: An Unusual Variant of a Rare Entity. Radiology Case Reports Vol 4 No 2 (2009)

Hunter JC. Neuropraxia following hip arthroscopy. Society of Academic Bone Radiologists annual meeting, Vail, CO. July 25, 2008.

Escobedo EM, Richardson M, Schulz YB, Hunter JC, Green JR, Messick K. Increased risk of posterior glenoid labrum tears in football players. AJR American Journal of Roentgenology 2007 Jan; 188(1):193-7.

Escobedo EM, MacDonald TL, Hunter JC. Acute fracture of the os trigonum. Emergency Radiology 2006 Dec; 13(3):139-41. Epub 2006 Oct 13.

Lien L-C, Hunter JC, Chan Y-S. Tubular Acetabular Intraosseous Contrast Tracking in MR Arthrography of the Hip: Prevalence, Clinical Significance, and Mechanisms of Development. AJR American Journal of Roentgenology 187: September 2006.

Myhre AP, Jaroz TJ, Hunter JC, Richardson ML. Postoperative bone graft displacement: An unusual sign of infection following posterior spinal fusion. Radiology Case Reports (online journal), Volume 1, Issue 1, 2006 (

Hunter JC. Using radiology to diagnose and monitor arthritis. Presented at Radiology for Non-Radiologists, Fircrest, WA. April 22, 2005, Pierce County Medical Society sponsored course for family practice physicians.

Blackmore CC, Richardson ML, Linnau KF, Schwed AM, Lomoschitz FM, Escobedo EM, Hunter JC, Jurkovich GJ, Cummings P. Web-based image review and data acquisition for multiinstitutional research. AJR American Journal of Roentgenology; 180(5):1243-1246. May 2003.

Singh RB, Hunter JC, Smith KL. MRI of shoulder instability: State of the art. Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, Vol. 32, Issue 3. May-June 2003, pages 127-134.

Escobedo E, Mills W, Hunter JC. The "reverse Segond" fracture: association with a tear of the posterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus. AJR 2002; 178: 979-983.