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.

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

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A novel algorithm for refining cerebral vascular measurements in infants and adults
Chen L., Dager S.R., Shaw D.W.W., Corrigan N.M., Mossa-Basha M., Pimentel K.D., Kleinhans N.M., Kuhl P.K., Hwang J.N., Yuan C.
Journal of Neuroscience Methods. 2020 Jul

Quantitative assessment of carotid artery atherosclerosis by three-dimensional magnetic resonance and two-dimensional ultrasound imaging: A comparison study
Qiao H., Cai Y., Huang M., Liu Y., Zhang Q., Huang L., Chen H., Yuan C., Zhao X.
Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery. 2020 May:1021-1032

Signal of Carotid Intraplaque Hemorrhage on MR T1-Weighted Imaging: Association with Acute Cerebral Infarct
Yang D., Liu Y., Han Y., Li D., Wang W., Li R., Yuan C., Zhao X.
AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology. 2020 May:836-843

Self-calibrating wave-encoded 3D turbo spin echo imaging using subspace model based autofocusing
Zhou Z., Yuan C., Börnert P.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2020 Apr:1250-1262

Characterization of Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaques Using 3-Dimensional MERGE Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Correlation With Stroke Risk Factors
Murata K., Murata N., Chu B., Watase H., Hippe D., Balu N., Sun J., Zhao X., Hatsukami T., Yuan C.
Stroke. 2020 Feb:475-480

Comparison of Carotid Atherosclerosis between Patients at High Altitude and Sea Level: A Chinese Atherosclerosis Risk Evaluation Study
Cao Y., Zhao X., Watase H., Hippe D., Wu Y., Zhang H., Yue L., Canto G., Song Y., Shi H., Wang G., Li R., Bao H., Yuan C.
Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2020 Feb

Angiographic contrast mechanism comparison between Simultaneous Non-contrast Angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) sequence and Time of Flight (TOF) sequence for intracranial artery
Zhang Q., Chen Z., Chen S., Liu X., Ning J., Han Y., Chen L., He L., Zhao X., Xiong Y., Guo H., Yuan C., Li R., Chen H.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2020 Feb:199-207

Association between Carotid Bifurcation Geometry and Atherosclerotic Plaque Vulnerability: A Chinese Atherosclerosis Risk Evaluation Study
Jiang P., Chen Z., Hippe D.S., Watase H., Sun B., Lin R., Yang Z., Xue Y., Zhao X., Yuan C.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2020 Jan:1383-1391

Confidence weighting for robust automated measurements of popliteal vessel wall magnetic resonance imaging
Hippe D.S., Balu N., Chen L., Canton G., Liu W., Watase H., Waterton J.C., Hatsukami T.S., Hwang J.N., Yuan C.
Circulation: Genomic and Precision Medicine. 2020 Jan

Imaging of Carotid Plaque Neovascularization by Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound and Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Cattaneo M., Sun J., Staub D., Xu D., Gallino J., Santini P., Porretta A., Yuan C., Balu N., Arnold M., Froio A., Limoni C., Wyttenbach R., Gallino A.
Cerebrovascular Diseases. 2020 Jan:140-148