Vascular Imaging Laboratory

Co-Director: Chun Yuan

Co-Director: Tom Hatsukami, Surgery


The Vascular Imaging Laboratory (VIL) at the University of Washington is comprised of a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who are dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge, education, and training in the field of medical imaging. Our primary focus is atherosclerosis research using high-resolution MRI and other imaging modalities such as CT, PET and ultrasound.  We also provide training, pathology and clinical trial services.

Mission Statement

The Vascular Imaging Lab is committed to advancing imaging technology and identifying the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease initiation, progression, and complications.


VIL in the News

“Technical Brief: Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque”
As part of the Effective Health Care Program, the US Department of Health & Human Services has released a technical brief summarizing the current state of knowledge regarding vulnerable coronary and carotid plaque, referencing the work of VIL and others.

“Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Features of the Disruption-Prone and the Disrupted Carotid Plaque”
an invited review featured on the cover of JACC Imaging in 2009.

“VIL Research Transitions to Market: VPDiagnostics Announces Plaque Analysis Software for MRI”
VIL’s technology and work from several NIH grants transitions to the commercial market with VPDiagnostics FDA approved MRI-PlaqueView software.

“VIL Participates in High Risk Plaque (HRP) Initiative to Identify Patients with Elevated Risk of Stroke”
VIL is proud to contribute its carotid imaging protocol and act as the core-reading center for the HRP project.

“Looking Beyond the Lumen to Predict Cerebrovascular Events
a Stroke editorial by Winfried A. Willinek, MD

“UW Licenses Innovative Cardiovascular Software to VPDiagnostics “
from Medical News Today