Thomas A. Hope, MD


Dr. Thomas Hope is a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician specializing in neuroendocrine tumors, with a focus on treating patients with peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, or PRRT. He has a special interest in molecular imaging and in treating cancer patients using targeted imaging and paired therapies, also called theranostics.

In addition to working with patients, Hope conducts research focusing on novel radiopharmaceuticals, or new radioactive imaging agents that can help physicians localize tumors using positron emission tomography (PET). He also works on combining different imaging modalities — such as PET and MRI — to stage cancers in patients.

Hope received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at UCSF. He then completed a fellowship in nuclear medicine and body MRI at Stanford. Hope is a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the Society of Abdominal Radiology, and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. He is an assistant professor at UCSF.


Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-9888
Fax: (415) 353-9931

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Nuclear Medicine

More about Thomas A. Hope


Stanford University School of Medicine 2007


UCSF Medical Center, Diagnostic Radiology 2012


Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Nuclear Medicine and Body MRI 2013

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Leynes AP, Yang J, Wiesinger F, Kaushik SS, Shanbhag DD, Seo Y, Hope TA, Larson PEZ. Direct PseudoCT Generation for Pelvis PET/MRI Attenuation Correction using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks with Multi-parametric MRI: Zero Echo-time and Dixon Deep pseudoCT (ZeDD-CT). J Nucl Med. 2017 Oct 30.
  2. Jiang W, Ong F, Johnson KM, Nagle SK, Hope TA, Lustig M, Larson PEZ. Motion robust high resolution 3D free-breathing pulmonary MRI using dynamic 3D image self-navigator. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Oct 11.
  3. Lake ST, Greene KL, Westphalen AC, Behr SC, Zagoria R, Small EJ, Carroll PR, Hope TA. Optimal MRI sequences for 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/MRI in evaluation of biochemically recurrent prostate cancer. EJNMMI Res. 2017 Sep 19; 7(1):77.
  4. Huo E, Wilson DM, Eisenmenger L, Hope TA. The Role of PET/MR Imaging in Precision Medicine. PET Clin. 2017 Oct; 12(4):489-501.
  5. Hicks RM, Loening AM, Ohliger MA, Vasanawala SS, Hope TA. Variable refocusing flip angle single-shot fast spin echo imaging of liver lesions: increased speed and lesion contrast. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Jul 08.
  6. Fowler KJ, Potretzke TA, Hope TA, Costa EA, Wilson SR. LI-RADS M (LR-M): definite or probable malignancy, not specific for hepatocellular carcinoma. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Jun 03.
  7. Fendler WP, Eiber M, Beheshti M, Bomanji J, Ceci F, Cho S, Giesel F, Haberkorn U, Hope TA, Kopka K, Krause BJ, Mottaghy FM, Sch÷der H, Sunderland J, Wan S, Wester HJ, Fanti S, Herrmann K. 68Ga-PSMA PET/CT: Joint EANM and SNMMI procedure guideline for prostate cancer imaging: version 1.0. Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2017 Jun; 44(6):1014-1024.
  8. Ohliger MA, Hope TA, Chapman JS, Chen LM, Behr SC, Poder L. PET/MR Imaging in Gynecologic Oncology. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am. 2017 Aug; 25(3):667-684.
  9. Hope TA, Aggarwal R, Chee B, Tao D, Greene KL, Cooperberg M, Feng F, Chang A, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Carroll PR. Impact of Ga-68 PSMA-11 PET on Management in Patients with Biochemically Recurrent Prostate Cancer. J Nucl Med. 2017 May 18.
  10. Yang J, Wiesinger F, Kaushik S, Shanbhag D, Hope TA, Larson PEZ, Seo Y. Evaluation of sinus/edge corrected ZTE-based attenuation correction in brain PET/MRI. J Nucl Med. 2017 May 04.
  11. Hope TA, Aslam R, Weinstein S, Yeh BM, Corvera CU, Monto A, Yee J. Change in Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System Characterization of Focal Liver Lesions Using Gadoxetate Disodium Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compared With Contrast-Enhanced Computed Tomography. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 2017 May/Jun; 41(3):376-381.
  12. Fendler WP, Calais J, Allen-Auerbach M, Bluemel C, Eberhardt N, Emmett L, Gupta P, Hartenbach M, Hope TA, Okamoto S, Pfob CH, P÷ppel TD, Rischpler C, Schwarzenb÷ck S, Stebner V, Unterrainer M, Zacho HD, Maurer T, Gratzke C, Crispin A, Czernin J, Herrmann K, Eiber M. 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT interobserver agreement for prostate cancer assessments: an international multicenter prospective study. J Nucl Med. 2017 Apr 13.
  13. Yang J, Khalighi M, Hope TA, Ordovas K, Seo Y. Technical Note: Fast respiratory motion estimation using sorted singles without unlist processing: A feasibility study. Med Phys. 2017 May; 44(5):1632-1637.
  14. Lawhn-Heath C, Flavell RR, Glastonbury C, Hope TA, Behr SC. Incidental Detection of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma on 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT. Clin Nucl Med. 2017 Apr; 42(4):e218-e220.
  15. Ehman EC, Johnson GB, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Cha S, Leynes AP, Larson PE, Hope TA. PET/MRI: Where might it replace PET/CT? J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Mar 30.
  16. Ikram NS, Yee J, Weinstein S, Yeh BM, Corvera CU, Monto A, Hope TA. Multiple arterial phase MRI of arterial hypervascular hepatic lesions: improved arterial phase capture and lesion enhancement. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Mar; 42(3):870-876.
  17. Leynes AP, Yang J, Shanbhag DD, Kaushik SS, Seo Y, Hope TA, Wiesinger F, Larson PE. Hybrid ZTE/Dixon MR-based attenuation correction for quantitative uptake estimation of pelvic lesions in PET/MRI. Med Phys. 2017 Mar; 44(3):902-913.
  18. Yang J, Jian Y, Jenkins N, Behr SC, Hope TA, Larson PEZ, Vigneron D, Seo Y. Quantitative Evaluation of Atlas-based Attenuation Correction for Brain PET in an Integrated Time-of-Flight PET/MR Imaging System. Radiology. 2017 Jul; 284(1):169-179.
  19. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Vriens MR, de Keizer B, Hope TA, Glastonbury CM, Pampaloni MH, Suh I. 18F Fluorocholine PET/MR Imaging in Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism and Inconclusive Conventional Imaging: A Prospective Pilot Study. Radiology. 2017 Aug; 284(2):460-467.
  20. Kluijfhout WP, Pasternak JD, Beninato T, Drake FT, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Duh QY, Allen IE, Vriens MR, de Keizer B, Hope TA, Suh I. Diagnostic performance of computed tomography for parathyroid adenoma localization; a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Radiol. 2017 Mar; 88:117-128.

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