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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Terry L. Coates, M.D. View profile as PDF

Terry L. Coates

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.




Cancer, Radiology, Radiology - Breast Imaging



Breast Imaging

Center/Program Affiliation:


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3100
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-0655

Additional Phone:

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


M.D., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 1982
B.S., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 1977


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.

To see if Terry L. Coates is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).