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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Simultaneous T1 and T2 mapping of the carotid plaque (SIMPLE) with T2 and inversion recovery prepared 3D radial imaging
Qi H., Sun J., Qiao H., Zhao X., Guo R., Balu N., Yuan C., Chen H.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2018 Dec:2598-2608

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 Between Incomplete Circle of Willis and Carotid Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaques
Zhou C., Yuan C., Li R., Wang W., Li C., Zhao X.
Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology. 2018 Nov:2744-2749

Assessment of longitudinal distribution of subclinical atherosclerosis in femoral arteries by three-dimensional cardiovascular magnetic resonance vessel wall imaging
Han Y., Guan M., Zhu Z., Li D., Chen H., Yuan C., Li C., Wang W., Zhao X.
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2018 Sep

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

Quantitative Characterization of Carotid Plaque Components Using MR Apparent Diffusion Coefficients and Longitudinal Relaxation Rates at 3T: A Comparison With Histology
Ota H., Tamura H., Itabashi R., Yazawa Y., Nakamura Y., Hisamatsu K., Takamatsu M., Endo H., Niizuma K., Enomoto Y., Nagasaka T., Kajita K., Watanabe M., Yoshimura S., Yuan C.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2018 Jan

Atherosclerosis in stroke-related vascular beds and stroke risk: A 3-D MR vessel wall imaging study
Li D., Dai W., Cai Y., Han Y., Yao G., Chen H., Yuan C., Xiao L., Zhao X.
Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 2018 Jan