Niranjan Balu, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests in cardiovascular MRI are focused on developing new MRI pulse sequences for vascular and cardiac MRI. He has developed fast 3D vessel wall MRI sequences for isotropic volumetric MRI of multiple vascular beds such as carotids, intracranials, aorta and peripheral arteries. He is also interested in successful translation of research MRI sequences to the clinics and has served as the primary MR physicist for several clinical trials including # NCT01178320 and NCT00851500, focusing on sequence design, establishment of MR imaging protocols, technologist training and quality assurance. In addition to vascular MRI, he is interested in identification of cardioembolic sources of stroke such as myocardial infarction and developing fast MRI methods for 3D late gadolinium enhancement MRI.

Representative publications:

  • Balu N, Kerwin WS, Chu BC, Liu F, Yuan C, Serial MRI of Carotid Plaque Burden: Influence of Subject Repositioning on Measurement Precision, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2007; 57(3): 592-599. PMID: 17326176
  • Balu N, Chu BC, Hatsukami TS, Yuan C, Yarnykh VL, Comparison between 2D and 3D High-Resolution Black-blood Techniques for the Carotid Artery Wall Imaging in Clinically Significant Atherosclerosis , Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2008; 27(4):918-24. PMID: 18383253 PMC2830087
  • Balu N, Yarnykh VL, Chu B, Wang J, Hatsukami T, Yuan C, Carotid plaque assessment using fast 3D isotropic resolution black-blood MRI, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2011; 65(3): 627-637. PMID: 20941742 PMC3042490
  • Liu W, Balu N, Sun J, Zhao X, Chen H, Yuan C, Zhao H, Xu J, Wang G, Kerwin WS, Segmentation of carotid plaque using multicontrast 3D gradient echo MRI, J Magn Reson Imaging. 2012; 35(4):812-9 PMID: 22127812 PMC3298637
  • Chiu B, Sun J, Zhao X, Wang J, Balu N, Chi J, Xu J, Yuan C, Kerwin WS, Fast plaque burden assessment of the femoral artery using 3D black-blood MRI and automated segmentation, Medical Physics. 2011; 38(10):5370-84. PMID: 21992357 PMC3189974
  • Chi J, Chiu B, Cao Y, Liu X, Wang J, Balu N, Yuan C, Xu J., Assessment of femoral artery atherosclerosis at the adductor canal using 3D black-blood MRI, Clin Radiol. 2013; 68(4):e213-21.
  • Wang J, Ferguson MS, Balu N, Yuan C, Hatsukami TS, Börnert P, Improved carotid intraplaque hemorrhage imaging using a slab-selective phase-sensitive inversion-recovery (SPI) sequence., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2010; 64(5):1332-40. PMID: 22442116 PMC3418400
  • Wang J, Börnert P, Zhao H, Hippe DS, Zhao X, Balu N, Ferguson MS, Hatsukami TS, Xu J, Yuan C, Kerwin WS. Simultaneous noncontrast angiography and intraplaque hemorrhage (SNAP) imaging for carotid atherosclerotic disease evaluation. Magn Reson Med. 2013; 69(2):337-45. PMC3418400
  • Balu N, Yarnykh VL, Scholnick J, Chu BC, Yuan C, Hayes CE, Improvements in Carotid Plaque Imaging Using a New Eight-element Phased Array Coil at 3T, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2009; 30(5):1209-14. PMID: 19780187 PMC2835524
  • Sun J, Balu N, Hippe DS, Xue Y, Dong L, Zhao X, Li F, Xu D, Hatsukami TS, Yuan C., Subclinical carotid atherosclerosis: short-term natural history of lipid-rich necrotic core--a multicenter study with MR imaging, Radiology. 2013; 268(1):61-8.
  • Sun J, Zhao XQ, Balu N, Hippe DS, Hatsukami TS, Isquith DA, Yamada K, Neradilek MB, Cantón G, Xue Y, Fleg JL, Desvigne-Nickens P, Klimas MT, Padley RJ, Vassileva MT, Wyman BT, Yuan C, Carotid magnetic resonance imaging for monitoring atherosclerotic plaque progression: a multicenter reproducibility study, Int J Cardiovasc Imaging. 2015; 31(1):95-103.

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