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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

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A vascular image registration method based on network structure and circuit simulation
Chen L., Lian Y., Guo Y., Wang Y., Hatsukami T., Pimentel K., Balu N., Yuan C.
BMC Bioinformatics. 2017 May

Carotid Plaque Lipid Content and Fibrous Cap Status Predict Systemic CV Outcomes: The MRI Substudy in AIM-HIGH
Sun J., Zhao X., Balu N., Neradilek M., Isquith D., Yamada K., Cantón G., Crouse J., Anderson T., Huston J., O'Brien K., Hippe D., Polissar N., Yuan C., Hatsukami T.
JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging. 2017 Mar:241-249

Large coverage black-bright blood interleaved imaging sequence (LaBBI) for 3D dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI of vessel wall
Qi H., Huang F., Zhou Z., Koken P., Balu N., Zhang B., Yuan C., Chen H.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2017 Jan

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 Jan

Evaluation of carotid atherosclerotic plaque surface characteristics utilizing simultaneous noncontrast angiography and intraplaque hemorrhage (SNAP) technique
Chen S., Zhao H., Li J., Zhou Z., Li R., Balu N., Yuan C., Chen H., Zhao X.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2017 Jan

Semi-automatic carotid intraplaque hemorrhage detection and quantification on Magnetization-Prepared Rapid Acquisition Gradient-Echo (MP-RAGE) with optimized threshold selection
Liu J., Balu N., Hippe D., Ferguson M., Martinez-Malo V., Demarco J., Zhu D., Ota H., Sun J., Xu D., Kerwin W., Hatsukami T., Yuan C.
Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2016 Jul

Blood Pressure Is a Major Modifiable Risk Factor Implicated in Pathogenesis of Intraplaque Hemorrhage: An in Vivo Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study
Sun J., Canton G., Balu N., Hippe D., Xu D., Liu J., Hatsukami T., Yuan C.
Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. 2016 Apr:743-749

STEP: Self-supporting tailored k-space estimation for parallel imaging reconstruction
Zhou Z., Wang J., Balu N., Li R., Yuan C.
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2016 Feb:750-761

In vivo semi-automatic segmentation of multicontrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance for prospective cohort studies on plaque tissue composition: initial experience
Yoneyama T., Sun J., Hippe D., Balu N., Xu D., Kerwin W., Hatsukami T., Yuan C.
International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2016 Jan:73-81

Imaging of carotid atherosclerosis
Sun J., Balu N., Yuan C.
Neurovascular Imaging: From Basics to Advanced Concepts. 2016 Jan:95-114