Radiology Personnel

Niranjan Balu, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor



Dr. Niranjan Balu is a post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Radiology at the
University of Washington. He currently leads the Imaging Physics Group at Dr.
Chun Yuan’s Vascular Imaging Lab where he manages the MRI aspect of large
NIH sponsored multicenter studies and multicenter pharmaceutical trials. His
research interests include MR pulse sequence design, image processing and their
application to clinical cardiovascular MRI. His current research is focused on
developing new MRI techniques to reduce quantitative measurement variability in
vessel wall MRI and development of fast sequences to facilitate translation of vessel
wall MRI to the clinic.

Recent Publications (via Semantic Scholar)

Atherosclerotic Burden and Remodeling Patterns of the Popliteal Artery as Detected in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Osteoarthritis Initiative Data Set.
G. Canton, D. Hippe, Li Chen, et al. - Published 2021 - JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Deep Open Snake Tracker for Vessel Tracing
Li Chen, Wenjin Liu, N. Balu, et al. - Published 2021 - ARXIV

Neural network enhanced 3D turbo spin echo for MR intracranial vessel wall imaging.
Zechen Zhou, Shuo Chen, N. Balu, et al. - Published 2021 - MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Chronic kidney disease, atherosclerotic plaque characteristics on carotid magnetic resonance imaging, and cardiovascular outcomes
S. Beddhu, R. Boucher, Jie Sun, et al. - Published 2021 - BMC NEPHROLOGY

Domain adaptive and fully automated carotid artery atherosclerotic lesion detection using an artificial intelligence approach (LATTE) on 3D MRI
Li Chen, Huilin Zhao, Hongjian Jiang, et al. - Published 2021 - MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE

Carotid Vessel Wall Segmentation Challenge
Chun Yuan, Li Chen, N. Balu, et al. - Published 2021

Roadmap Consensus on Carotid Artery Plaque Imaging and Impact on Therapy Strategies and Guidelines: An International, Multispecialty, Expert Review and Position Statement.
L. Saba, W. Brinjikji, J. Spence, et al. - Published 2021 - AJNR. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NEURORADIOLOGY

Editorial for “Myocardial T1 Values at 1.5 T: Normal Values for General Electric Scanners and Sex-Related Differences”.

Vessel length on SNAP MRA and TOF MRA is a potential imaging biomarker for brain blood flow.
Anders Gould, Zhensen Chen, Duygu Baylam Geleri, et al. - Published 2021 - MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING

Serial magnetic resonance imaging detects a rapid reduction in plaque lipid content under PCSK9 inhibition with alirocumab
Jie Sun, N. Lepor, G. Canton, et al. - Published 2021 - THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING