Yuan Chun, PhD

Chun Yuan, PhD

Professor, Tsinghua University

Office: CBIR, Room 102


PhD, Medical Biophysics & Computing, University of Utah (1988)
BS, Physics, Beijing Normal University (1982)

Research Interests

Since last century, medical imaging has not only become a critical tool in the diagnosis of many diseases and injuries but also a tool to understand many basic biologic and functional features of humans, from cells to organs and from heart to brain functions. Imaging itself, developed in parallel with many specialty fields on engineering, especially electrical, computer, biomedical engineering, and material science, has become a futile ground for new technical development and advancement. I am interested in all aspects of imaging, from the engineering and physics basics to its eventual use in clinical and basic science research. I believe imaging’s role in future diagnosis and research will grow even future into cellular and molecular diagnosis and evaluation.

  • Cardiovascular MRI
  • High resolution MRI technique
  • MRI clinical research


Yuan C, Polissar NL, Hatsukami TS. What will noninvasive carotid atherosclerosis imaging show us about high-risk coronary plaques? J Am Coll Cardiol. 2011 Jul 19;58(4):423-5

Underhill HR, Hatsukami TS, Fayad ZA, Fuster V, Yuan C. MRI of carotid atherosclerosis: clinical implications and future directions. Nature Reviews Cardiology 2010 Mar;7(3):165-73. Epub 2010 Jan 26.

Underhill HR, Yuan C, Yarnykh VL. Direct quantitative comparison between cross-relaxation imaging and diffusion tensor imaging of the human brain at 3.0T. Neuroimage 2009; 47:1568-1578.

Saam T, Underhill HR, Chu B, Takaya N, Cai J, Polissar NL, Yuan C, Hatsukami TS. Prevalence of American Heart Association type VI carotid atherosclerotic lesions identified by magnetic resonance imaging for different levels of stenosis as measured by duplex ultrasound. Journal of the Ameri can College of Cardiology, 2008; Mar 11;51(10):1014-21.

Underhill HR, Yarnykh VL, Hatsukami TS, Wang J, Balu N, Hayes CE, Oikawa M, Yu W, Xu C, Chu B, Wyman BT, Polissar NL, Yuan C. Carotid plaque morphology and composition: initial comparison between 1.5- and 3.0-T magnetic field strengths. Radiology. 2008: 248(2): 550-560.