Li Rui, PhD

Rui Li, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Office: Center for Biomedical Imaging Research, Room 121


PhD, Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University (2005)
BS, Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University (2000)

Research Interests

My research focuses on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging technique development, including plaque imaging and 4D flow imaging.

For plaque imaging, we have developed 15 mins multi-contrast, large coverage black blood imaging sequences for neurovascular plaque screening and vulnerable plaque discrimination. We have conducted multi-center trial with this technique in 14 imaging sites, and recruited more than 1,000 patients. We further investigated deep learning algorithm to analyze plaque image quality, plaque morphology and plaque composition automatically.

For 4D flow imaging, we have developed partial separable complex difference constrained reconstruction algorithm with acceleration factor of eight. We further designed ‘real-time’ 2D phase contrast and 4D flow technique to acquire flow images of arrhythmia patients without cardiac triggering. We apply 4D flow to investigated hemodynamic features of intracranial aneurysm, pulmonary hypertension and pulsatile tinnitus.


Sun A, Zhao B, Li Y, He Q, Li R*, Yuan C. Real-time phase-contrast flow cardiovascular magnetic resonance with low-rank modeling and parallel imaging. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2017 Feb 10;19(1):19.

Zhao X, Li R*, Hippe DS, Hatsukami TS, Yuan C. Chinese Atherosclerosis Risk Evaluation (CARE II) study: a novel cross-sectional, multicentre study of the prevalence of high-risk atherosclerotic carotid plaque in Chinese patients with ischaemic cerebrovascular events—design and rationale. Stroke and Vascular Neurology. 2017 Mar 1;2(1)15-20.

Sun A, Zhao B, Ma K, Zhou Z, He L, Li R*, Yuan C. Accelerated phase contrast flow imaging with direct complex difference reconstruction. Magnetic resonance in medicine. 2017 Mar 1;77(3):1036-48.

Zhou Z, Wang J, Balu N, Li R*, Yuan C. STEP: Self‐supporting tailored k‐space estimation for parallel imaging reconstruction. Magnetic resonance in medicine. 2016 Feb 1;75(2):750-61.

Zhou Z, Li R*, Zhao X, He L, Wang X, Wang J, Balu N, Yuan C. Evaluation of 3D multi-contrast joint intra-and extracranial vessel wall cardiovascular magnetic resonance. Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance. 2015 May 27;17(1):1.