Michael Hoff, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Diagnostic Medical Physics
Associate Professor


Michael N. Hoff, PhD is an Associate Professor and Director of Diagnostic Medical Physics in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His role is to ensure and improve diagnostic medical imaging quality and safety across all modalities within the UCSF enterprise. This includes providing regulatory oversight, overseeing technologist quality assurance activities, promoting the efficient utilization of imaging equipment, and participating in associated committees. He also researches in areas of MR parameter quantification, artifact correction, and safety considerations while collaborating with multidisciplinary clinical and research radiologists and scientists.


DABR, 2017 - Diagnostic Medical Physics, American Board of Radiology
PhD, 2012 - Medical Physics, University of British Columbia
MSc, 2006 - Medical Physics, University of British Columbia
MSc Transfer, 2004 - Physics, Simon Fraser University

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Meetings and Education, Washington State Radiological Society - ACR Committee on Chapters, 2020-2021
Top Downloaded Paper, ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: Updates and Critical Information, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2018-2019
Best in Physics - Novel Correction of Signal Modulation and Motion Artifacts in Temporal Bone BSSFP, American Association of Physics in Medicine, 2014
Certificate of Merit - Educational Exhibit, Radiological Society of North America, 2013
Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2008-2010
Pacific Century Provincial Graduate Scholarship, British Columbia Endowment, 2007-2008


Perera Molligoda Arachchige AS, Teixeira de Castro Gonçalves Ortega AC, Catapano F, Politi LS, Hoff MN. From strength to precision: A systematic review exploring the clinical utility of 7-Tesla magnetic resonance imaging in abdominal imaging. World J Radiol. 2024 Jan 28; 16(1):20-31.
Andre JB, Oztek MA, Anzai Y, Wilson GJ, Mossa-Basha M, Hippe DS, Hoff MN, Cross DJ, Minoshima S. Evaluation of 3-dimensional stereotactic surface projection rendering of arterial spin labeling data in a clinical cohort. J Neuroimaging. 2023 Nov-Dec; 33(6):933-940.
Hoff MN, Xiang QS, Cross NM, Hippe D, Andre JB. Motion resilience of the balanced steady-state free precession geometric solution. Magn Reson Med. 2023 01; 89(1):192-204.
Styan T, Hoff M. The Dangers of Fabric in MRI. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2023 Jan-Feb; 52(1):6-9.
Andre JB, Amthor T, Hall CS, Gunn ML, Hoff MN, Cohen W, Beauchamp NJ. Correlating the Radiological Assessment of Patient Motion with the Incidence of Repeat Sequences Documented by Log Files. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2022 Jul-Aug; 51(4):534-539.
O'Reilly M, Hoff M, Friedman SD, Jones JFX, Cross NM. Simulating Tissues with 3D-Printed and Castable Materials. J Digit Imaging. 2020 10; 33(5):1280-1291.
Watson RE, Tesfaldet M, Warren J, Hoff MN. MR Imaging Safety Events: Analysis and Improvement. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2020 Nov; 28(4):593-600.
Brunnquell CL, Hoff MN, Balu N, Nguyen XV, Oztek MA, Haynor DR. Making Magnets More Attractive: Physics and Engineering Contributions to Patient Comfort in MRI. Top Magn Reson Imaging. 2020 Aug; 29(4):167-174.
Oztek MA, Brunnquell CL, Hoff MN, Boulter DJ, Mossa-Basha M, Beauchamp LH, Haynor DL, Nguyen XV. Practical Considerations for Radiologists in Implementing a Patient-friendly MRI Experience. Top Magn Reson Imaging. 2020 Aug; 29(4):181-186.
ACR Committee on MR Safety:, Greenberg TD, Hoff MN, Gilk TB, Jackson EF, Kanal E, McKinney AM, Och JG, Pedrosa I, Rampulla TL, Reeder SB, Rogg JM, Shellock FG, Watson RE, Weinreb JC, Hernandez D. ACR guidance document on MR safe practices: Updates and critical information 2019. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2020 02; 51(2):331-338.
Hoff MN, McKinney A, Shellock FG, Rassner U, Gilk T, Watson RE, Greenberg TD, Froelich J, Kanal E. Safety Considerations of 7-T MRI in Clinical Practice. Radiology. 2019 09; 292(3):509-518.
Spraker MB, Wootton LS, Hippe DS, Ball KC, Peeken JC, Macomber MW, Chapman TR, Hoff MN, Kim EY, Pollack SM, Combs SE, Nyflot MJ. MRI Radiomic Features Are Independently Associated With Overall Survival in Soft Tissue Sarcoma. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2019 Apr-Jun; 4(2):413-421.
Cross NM, Hoff MN, Kanal KM. Avoiding MRI-Related Accidents: A Practical Approach to Implementing MR Safety. J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Dec; 15(12):1738-1744.
Cross NM, Zamora DA, Moirano JM, Hoff MN, Kanal KM. Practical CT Dose Monitoring: Current Tools and the Clinical Relevance. Semin Roentgenol. 2018 Apr; 53(2):115-123.
Hoff MN, Greenberg TD. MRI sport-specific pulley imaging. Skeletal Radiol. 2018 Jul; 47(7):989-992.
Hoff MN, Andre JB, Xiang QS. Combined geometric and algebraic solutions for removal of bSSFP banding artifacts with performance comparisons. Magn Reson Med. 2017 02; 77(2):644-654.
Roth E, Hoff M, Richardson ML, Ha AS, Porrino J. Artifacts Affecting Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Their Origins and Solutions. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2016 Sep-Oct; 45(5):340-6.
Andre JB, Bresnahan BW, Mossa-Basha M, Hoff MN, Smith CP, Anzai Y, Cohen WA. Toward Quantifying the Prevalence, Severity, and Cost Associated With Patient Motion During Clinical MR Examinations. J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Jul; 12(7):689-95.
Xiang QS, Hoff MN. Banding artifact removal for bSSFP imaging with an elliptical signal model. Magn Reson Med. 2014 Mar; 71(3):927-33.
Hoff MN, Yapp DT, Yung AC, Oliver TS, Kozlowski P. In vivo measurement of the hypoxia marker EF5 in Shionogi tumours using (19)F magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Int J Radiat Biol. 2008 Mar; 84(3):237-42.