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Department of Radiology

Abhijit J. Chaudhari, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

Abhijit J. Chaudhari

Research/Academic Interests

The mission of Dr. Chaudhari's research group is to develop novel medical imaging methods in the context of the musculoskeletal system in humans and animal models. This includes development and validation of  advanced medical imaging instrumentation, imaging protocols, and methods for image analysis. 


Assistant Professor of Radiology


Radiology-Musculoskeletal Imaging, Radiology - Radiology Physics, Orthopedics - Imaging, Rheumatology - Imaging, Cancer - Imaging



Musculoskeletal Radiology
Nuclear Medicine
Radiology Physics

Center/Program Affiliation:


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

Other Languages:

Hindi, Marathi


Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2007
M.S., California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California, 2002
B.E., University of Pune, Pune, 1999
M.S., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2007


UC Davis/UC Davis Medical Center, Davis/Sacramento, CA, 2007-2010

Professional Memberships:

American College of Rheumatology
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Society of Nuclear Medicine

Select Honors and Awards:

Cover page image of the journal Rheumatology for all issues in the year, 2011

Society of Nuclear Medicine Young Professionals Committee, Third Prize in Basic Science, 2010

Outstanding Research Award, UC Davis Cancer Center, Sacramento, CA, 2007

President’s Associates Outstanding Graduate Student Award, California State University, Northridge, CA, 2002

Bruce H. Hasegawa Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, in recognition of “significant and innovative technical contributions to the field of medical imaging science”, 2011

Winner, Still Image category, American College of Rheumatology 2011 Annual Image Competition, Presented at the college’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL, USA, 2011

Interdisciplinary Women’s Health Research Scholar, Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program, National Institutes of Health, 2013

Young Investigator Award, AAOS/CORR/ORS/CMH-UCD/SWHR Musculoskeletal Sex Differences Throughout the Lifespan Research Symposium, 2014

Select Recent Publications:

For a complete list of Dr. Chaudhari's publications, click here.

A. J. Chaudhari, R. M Leahy, B. L Wise, N. E Lane, R. D. Badawi and AA Joshi,  Global point signature for shape analysis of carpal bones, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2014; 59(4), pp 961-974.

R. D. Boutin, M. H. Buonocore, I. Immerman, Z. Ashwell, G. J. Sonico, R. Szabo, and A. J. Chaudhari, Real-time MRI during active wrist motion – initial observations, PLOS One, 2013;8(12): e84004.

M. Lam, A. J. Chaudhari, Y. Sun, F. Zhou, A. Dobbie, R. F. Gandour-Edwards, S. L. Tinling, D. G. Farwell, W. L. Monsky, K. Kirk Shung and L. Marcu, Ultrasound backscatter microscopy for imaging of oral carcinoma, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2013;32(10), pp 1789-1797.

W. L. Monsky, B. Jin, C. Molloy, R. J. Canter, S. C. Li, T-C Lin, D. Borys, W. Mack, I. Kim, M. H. Buonocore and A. J. Chaudhari, Semi-Automated Determination of Tumor Necrosis in Soft Tissue Sarcoma Using Contrast-Enhanced MRI, Anticancer Research, 2012;32(11):4951-4961.

J. T. Gu, L. Nguyen, A. J. Chaudhari, and J. D. MacKenzie, Molecular Characterization of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2011;22(2), 61-69.

A. J. Chaudhari, S. L. Bowen, G. W. Burkett, N. J. Packard, F. Godinez, A. A. Joshi, S. M. Naguwa, D. K. Shelton, J. C. Hunter, J. M. Boone, M. H. Buonocore and R. D. Badawi, High resolution 18F-FDG-PET with MRI for monitoring response to treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, 2010;37(5), 1047

A. J. Chaudhari, S. Ahn, R. Levenson, S. R. Cherry, and R. M. Leahy, Excitation spectroscopy in multispectral optical fluorescence tomography: methodology, feasibility, and computer simulation studies, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2009;54(15), 4687-4704.

A. J. Chaudhari, A. A. Joshi, S. L. Bowen, R. M. Leahy, S. R. Cherry, and R. D. Badawi, Crystal identification in positron emission tomography using nonrigid registration to a Fourier-based template, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2008;53(18), 5011-5027

A. J. Chaudhari, F. Darvas, J. R. Bading, R. A. Moats, P.S. Conti, D. J. Smith, S. R. Cherry, R. M. Leahy, Hyperspectral and multispectral bioluminescence optical tomography for small animal imaging, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2005;50(23), 5421-5441.

A. J. Chaudhari, Y. Yang, S. R. Cherry, R. D. Badawi, PSPMT/APD hybrid DOI detectors for the PET component of a dedicated breast PET/CT system - a feasibility study, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 2008;55(3), 853-861

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