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Department of Radiology

Robert D. Boutin, M.D. View profile as PDF

Robert D. Boutin

Clinical Interests

Clinical: Musculoskeletal imaging, with an emphasis on orthopaedic applications of MRI.

Research: MRI of muscle, tendon, nerve, and articular cartilage.


Professor of Clinical Radiology


Radiology, Radiology - Musculoskeletal Radiology



Musculoskeletal Radiology


Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
* Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St.,, Suite 0100
Sacramento, CA 95817
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M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, California, 1991
B.S.|M.S., Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1986


University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1995


UC San Diego, San Diego, CA, 1996

Board Certifications:

American Board of Radiology, 1995

Professional Memberships:

American Roentgen Ray Society
International Skeletal Society
Radiological Society of North America
Society of Skeletal Radiology

Select Recent Publications:

Yao L, Stanczak J, Boutin RD. Presumptive subarticular stress reactions of the knee: MRI detection and association with meniscal tear patterns. Skeletal Radiol. 2004 May;33(5):260-4. Epub 2004 Mar 4.

Boutin RD, Januario JA, Newberg AH, Gundry CR, Newman JS. MR imaging features of osteochondritis dissecans of the femoral sulcus. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 Mar;180(3):641-5.

Sirlin CB, Boutin RD, Brossmann J, Pathria MN, Convery FR, Bugbee W, Resnick D. Polydioxanone biodegradable pins in the knee: MR imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Jan;176(1):83-90.

Sirlin CB, Brossmann J, Boutin RD, Pathria MN, Convery FR, Bugbee W, Deutsch R, Lebeck LK, Resnick D. Shell osteochondral allografts of the knee: comparison of mr imaging findings and immunologic responses. Radiology. 2001 Apr;219(1):35-43.

Hauger O, Chung CB, Lektrakul N, Botte MJ, Trudell D, Boutin RD, Resnick D. Pulley system in the fingers: normal anatomy and simulated lesions in cadavers at MR imaging, CT, and US with and without contrast material distention of the tendon sheath. Radiology. 2000 Oct;217(1):201-12.

Hauger O, Frank LR, Boutin RD, Lektrakul N, Chung CB, Haghighi P, Resnick D. Characterization of the "red zone" of knee meniscus: MR imaging and histologic correlation. Radiology. 2000 Oct;217(1):193-200.

Kakitsubata Y, Boutin RD, Theodorou DJ, Kerr RM, Steinbach LS, Chan KK, Pathria MN, Haghighi P, Resnick D. Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal deposition in and around the atlantoaxial joint: association with type 2 odontoid fractures in nine patients. Radiology. 2000 Jul;216(1):213-9.

Muhle C, Ahn JM, Yeh L, Bergman GA, Boutin RD, Schweitzer M, Jacobson JA, Haghighi P, Trudell DJ, Resnick D. Iliotibial band friction syndrome: MR imaging findings in 16 patients and MR arthrographic study of six cadaveric knees. Radiology. 1999 Jul;212(1):103-10.

Sciulli RL, Boutin RD, Brown RR, Nguyen KD, Muhle C, Lektrakul N, Pathria MN, Pedowitz R, Resnick D. Evaluation of the postoperative meniscus of the knee: a study comparing conventional arthrography, conventional MR imaging, MR arthrography with iodinated contrast material, and MR arthrography with gadolinium-based contrast material. Skeletal Radiol. 1999 Sep;28(9):508-14.

de la Puente R, Boutin RD, Theodorou DJ, Hooper A, Schweitzer M, Resnick D. Post-traumatic and stress-induced osteolysis of the distal clavicle: MR imaging findings in 17 patients. Skeletal Radiol. 1999 Apr;28(4):202-8.

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