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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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

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

Simultaneous noncontrast angiography and intraplaque hemorrhage (SNAP) imaging: Comparison with contrast-enhanced MR angiography for measuring carotid stenosis
Shu H., Sun J., Hatsukami T., Balu N., Hippe D., Liu H., Kohler T., Zhu W., Yuan C.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2017 Oct:1045-1052

Plaque Composition in the Proximal Superficial Femoral Artery and Peripheral Artery Disease Events
McDermott M., Kramer C., Tian L., Carr J., Guralnik J., Polonsky T., Carroll T., Kibbe M., Criqui M., Ferrucci L., Zhao L., Hippe D., Wilkins J., Xu D., Liao Y., McCarthy W., Yuan C.
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2017 Sep:1003-1012

Association between Snoring and High-Risk Carotid Plaque Features
Kirkham E., Hatsukami T., Heckbert S., Sun J., Canton G., Yuan C., Weaver E.
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States). 2017 Aug:336-344

Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging of carotid vasa vasorum in relation to coronary and cerebrovascular events
Wang J., Chen H., Sun J., Hippe D., Zhang H., Yu S., Cai J., Xie L., Cui B., Yuan C., Zhao X., Yuan W., Liu H.
Atherosclerosis. 2017 Aug:420-426

MRI-based patient-specific human carotid atherosclerotic vessel material property variations in patients, vessel location and long-term follow up
Wang Q., Canton G., Guo J., Guo X., Hatsukami T., Billiar K., Yuan C., Wu Z., Tang D.
PLoS ONE. 2017 Jul

MR Quantification of Plaque Lipid Content: T2 Mapping Added to the Armamentarium
Yuan C., Sun J.
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2017 Jul:757-759

Identifying Carotid Plaque Composition in MRI with Convolutional Neural Networks
Dong Y., Pan Y., Zhao X., Li R., Yuan C., Xu W.
2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing, SMARTCOMP 2017. 2017 Jun