Dr. Rapalino is the director of Brain Tumor Imaging and advanced MR neuroimaging in the Division of Neuroradiology.



Centers & Specialties

Vascular Center

Clinical Interests
  • Neuroradiology
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Advanced MR techniques
  • Stroke Imaging
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuroendocrine imaging
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neurology of infectious diseases including HIV-neurology
  • Brainstem and cranial nerve diseases
  • White matter disease
  • Pediatric neuroradiology
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Functional imaging
  • fMRI
  • Metabolic Imaging
Medical Education
  • MD, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Residency, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Fellowship, NYU Langone Medical Center
Board Certifications
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Neuroradiology
Foreign Languages
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - ACD
  • AllWays Health (NHP) - PBO
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • BMC HealthNet Mass Health MCO/ACO
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Maine Community Health Options (MCHO)
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
  • Well Sense Pediatrics

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric
Provider Gender


Dr. Otto Rapalino is the director of Brain Tumor Imaging and advanced MR neuroimaging in the Division of Neuroradiology.

Research & Publications


View my most recent publications at PubMed

1. Fagundes J, Longo MG, Huang SY, Rosen BR, Witzel T, Heberlein K, Gonzalez RG, Schaefer P, Rapalino O. Diagnostic Performance of a 10-Minute Gadolinium-EnhancedBrain MRI Protocol Compared with the Standard Clinical Protocol for Detection of Intracranial Enhancing Lesions. AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology. 2017;38(9):1689-1694. PubMed [journal] PMID: 287058162. Longo MG, Fagundes J, Huang S, Mehan W, Witzel T, Bhat H, Heberlein K, Rosen BR, Rosenthal D, Gonzalez RG, Schaefer PW, Rapalino O. Simultaneous Multislice-Based 5-Minute Lumbar Spine MRI Protocol: Initial Experience in a Clinical Setting. Journal of neuroimaging : official journal of the American Society ofNeuroimaging. 2017; 27(5):442-446. PubMed [journal] PMID: 285746653. Prakkamakul S, Schaefer P, Gonzalez G, Rapalino O. MRI Patterns of Isolated lesions in the Medulla Oblongata. Journal of neuroimaging : official journal ofthe American Society of Neuroimaging. 2017; 27(1):135-143. PubMed [journal] PMID: 272215824. Prakkamakul S, Witzel T, Huang S, Boulter D, Borja MJ, Schaefer P, Rosen B, Heberlein K, Ratai E, Gonzalez G, Rapalino O. Ultrafast Brain MRI: ClinicalDeployment and Comparison to Conventional Brain MRI at 3T. Journal of neuroimaging : official journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging. 2016;26(5):503-10. PubMed [journal] PMID: 27273370


Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Radiology
55 Fruit St
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone 1: 617-726-8320
Phone 2: 617-726-8354