"MRI: Physical Principles and its Cardiovascular Applications"

Dr. Yiu-Cho Chung
Paul Lauterbur Research Center for Biomedical Imaging
Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT)


Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive imaging modality that provides excellent contrast among tissues without the use of ionizing radiation. The five Nobel prizes have been awarded to the discovery and application of the magnetic resonance; highlighting the important role of this imaging modality in modern medicine. Electrical engineers over the past 3 decades play an indispensible role in the evolution of this technology from the discovery of the physical principles to its widespread clinical applications as we see nowadays.

This talk will review the basic principles of magnetic resonance imaging. It will then describe how this modern imaging technology is currently used clinically to save lives through better diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases.


Dr. Yiu-Cho Chung got his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in 1999, and worked at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. In 2000, he joined industry and worked at the Cardiovascular MR Research team of Siemens Healthcare (USA) as a staff scientist for more than 10 years. Dr. Chung is now a staff member at the Paul Lauterbur Research Center for Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at the Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT). He has been an adjunct assistant professor of the Radiology Department at Northwestern University since 2003. He is currently an education committee member at the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR). Dr. Chung published over 35 papers and more than 100 scientific abstracts.