Radiology Personnel

Chun Yuan, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering
Vice Chair for Global Affairs


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.


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

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Identification of carotid lipid-rich necrotic core and calcification by 3D magnetization-prepared rapid acquisition gradient-echo imaging
Qiao H., Li F., Xu D., Liu G., Yuan C., Zhao X.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2018 Nov:71-76

Association of severity between carotid and intracranial artery atherosclerosis
Xu Y., Li D., Yuan C., Zhou Z., He L., Li R., Cui Y., Li Q., Zheng Z., Zhao X.
Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2018 Jul:843-849

Development of a quantitative intracranial vascular features extraction tool on 3D MRA using semiautomated open-curve active contour vessel tracing
Chen L., Mossa-Basha M., Balu N., Canton G., Sun J., Pimentel K., Hatsukami T., Hwang J., Yuan C.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2018 Jun:3229-3238

3D true-phase polarity recovery with independent phase estimation using three-tier stacks based region growing (3D-TRIPS)
Liu H., Wilson G., Balu N., Maki J., Hippe D., Wu W., Watase H., Wang J., Gunn M., Yuan C.
Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine. 2018 Feb:87-99

Quantitative magnetic resonance imaging phantoms: A review and the need for a system phantom
Keenan K., Ainslie M., Barker A., Boss M., Cecil K., Charles C., Chenevert T., Clarke L., Evelhoch J., Finn P., Gembris D., Gunter J., Hill D., Jack C., Jackson E., Liu G., Russek S., Sharma S., Steckner M., Stupic K., Trzasko J., Yuan C., Zheng J.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2018 Jan:48-61

Femoral artery plaque characteristics, lower extremity collaterals, and mobility loss in peripheral artery disease
McDermott M., Carroll T., Carr J., Yuan C., Ferrucci L., Guralnik J., Kibbe M., Criqui M., Tian L., Polonsky T., Zhao L., Gao Y., Hippe D., Xu D., McCarthy W., Kramer C.
Vascular Medicine (United Kingdom). 2017 Dec:473-481

Imaging atherosclerosis in rheumatoid arthritis: Evidence for increased prevalence, altered phenotype and a link between systemic and localised plaque inflammation
Skeoch S., Cristinacce P., Williams H., Pemberton P., Xu D., Sun J., James J., Yuan C., Hatsukami T., Hockings P., Alexander M., Waterton J., Bruce I.
Scientific Reports. 2017 Dec

Atherosclerotic plaque features and distribution in bilateral carotid arteries of asymptomatic elderly population: A 3D multicontrast MR vessel wall imaging study
Cai Y., He L., Yuan C., Chen H., Zhang Q., Li R., Li C., Zhao X.
European Journal of Radiology. 2017 Nov:6-11

Added value of vessel wall magnetic resonance imaging for differentiation of nonocclusive intracranial vasculopathies
Mossa-Basha M., Shibata D., Hallam D., De Havenon A., Hippe D., Becker K., Tirschwell D., Hatsukami T., Balu N., Yuan C.
Stroke. 2017 Nov

High-resolution diffusion tensor imaging in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: a preliminary follow-up study
Guan L., Chen X., Hai Y., Ma X., He L., Wang G., Yuan C., Guo H.
NMR in Biomedicine. 2017 Oct