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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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

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

4D real-time phase-contrast flow MRI with sparse sampling
Sun A., Zhao B., Li R., Yuan C.
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. 2017 Sep:3252-3255

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

Prevalence and characteristics of carotid artery high-risk atherosclerotic plaques in Chinese patients with cerebrovascular symptoms: A Chinese atherosclerosis risk evaluation iI study
Zhao X., Hippe D., Li R., Canton G., Sui B., Song Y., Li F., Xue Y., Sun J., Yamada K., Hatsukami T., Xu D., Wang M., Yuan C., Wang X., Huang J., Zhou C., Chen M., Gao X., Song J., Ji S., Ji Y., Wang D., Zhuang Z., Liu J., Peng X., Shi H., Wang G., Zhang B., Zhu B., Zhao H., Xu J., Jiang P., Yang Z., Lin R., Xie M., Yang Q., Liang B., Zhang J., Wen Z., Cao Y., Bao H.
Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 Aug

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