Radiology Personnel

Chun Yuan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus



Dr. Chun Yuan received his B.S. in physics at Beijing Normal University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics at the University of Utah.  He became Senior Research Analyst of GE Medical Systems immediately thereafter.  He has pioneered multiple high-resolution MRI techniques to detect vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques and led numerous MRI studies examining carotid atherosclerosis.  He is a member of the editorial board for the following Journals: JACC CV imaging, Journal of Cardiovascular MR, and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.  He also serves as manuscript reviewer for about 20 other peer-reviewed journals involving magnetic resonance, arteriosclerosis, stroke and cardiovascular sciences.

Through his stint in the University of Washington, he has mentored 32 postdocs who have moved on to become professors, chief research scientists, clinician-researchers, heads of departments and other positions of responsibility in both private and government or public institutions in the USA, China, Germany, and around the world. 

Because of his expertise in the field of cardiovascular imaging and magnetic resonance, he has been an invited speaker or keynote speaker, lecturer, moderator or faculty for many international and US meetings in the imaging field.  He has over 210 articles in peer-reviewed journals.  His research is supported by several NIH and private grants and currently supervises several postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and graduate students, as well as teaches courses in Bioengineering and Radiology.

Research Interests

Magnetic resonance imaging
Multi modal imaging techniques
Vulnerable carotid plaque
High risk plaque
Intraplaque hemorrhage
Coronary events
Cardiovascular disease


PhD, Medical Biophysics and Computing, University of Utah, 1988
BS, Physics, 1979-1982, Beijing Nomal University, Beijing, China 1982

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications (via Semantic Scholar)

Multi‐Planar, Multi‐Contrast and Multi‐Time Point Analysis Tool (MOCHA) for Intracranial Vessel Wall Characterization
Yin Guo, G. Canton, Li Chen, et al. - Published 2022 - JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING : JMRI

Comparing Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Carotid Artery Atherosclerosis in Patients With Bilateral Carotid Vulnerable Plaques Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
Ruijing Xin, Dandan Yang, Huimin Xu, et al. - Published 2021 - ANGIOLOGY

Regression in carotid plaque lipid content and neovasculature with PCSK9 inhibition: A time course study.
N. Lepor, Jie Sun, G. Canton, et al. - Published 2021 - ATHEROSCLEROSIS

Urinary sodium and potassium excretion and cerebrovascular health: a multimodal imaging study
Wenjin Liu, Xiaoqin Huang, Xuebing Liu, et al. - Published 2021 - EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUTRITION

Serial magnetic resonance imaging detects a rapid reduction in plaque lipid content under PCSK9 inhibition with alirocumab
Jie Sun, N. Lepor, G. Canton, et al. - Published 2021 - THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING

Effects of Levodopa Therapy on Cerebral Arteries and Perfusion in Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Yuhui Xiong, Lanxin Ji, L. He, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING : JMRI

Neural network enhanced 3D turbo spin echo for MR intracranial vessel wall imaging.
Zechen Zhou, Shuo Chen, N. Balu, et al. - Published 2021 - MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

A standard system phantom for magnetic resonance imaging
K. Stupic, M. Ainslie, M. Boss, et al. - Published 2021 - MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE

Detection of Advanced Lesions of Atherosclerosis in Carotid Arteries Using 3-Dimensional Motion-Sensitized Driven-Equilibrium Prepared Rapid Gradient Echo (3D-MERGE) Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Screening Tool
D. Baylam Geleri, H. Watase, B. Chu, et al. - Published 2021 - STROKE

Comparison of Carotid Plaque Characteristics Between Men and Women Using Magnetic Resonance Vessel Wall Imaging: A Chinese Atherosclerosis Risk Evaluation Study
Lichen Zhang, Lina Zhu, M. Lu, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING : JMRI