Qing Yuan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Medical Physics section. She provides magnetic resonance physics services to Clements University Hospital and its affiliated clinics.

Originally from China, Dr. Yuan received her bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and her doctoral degree in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she remained to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in radiology. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in imaging physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Dr. Yuan served as a Senior Research Scientist in the Imaging Physics Department at MD Anderson.

Dr. Yuan's research interests include noninvasive infrared characterization of tumor and human brain function, biomechanics of spinal cord injury, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in human and animal models, and quantitative perfusion and diffusion MRI and MR spectroscopy (MRS) in preclinical and clinical cancer research. Her investigations have been presented at national and international conferences, as well as more than 40 peer-reviewed publications as first author and co-author.

As a clinical MRI physicist, Dr. Yuan supports the MRI accreditation program at UT Southwestern and oversees the quality control of clinical MRI scanners. She also provides technical expertise in new MRI system acquisition, site planning, site commission, and assessment of MRI safety for patients with implants, especially active implanted electronic devices.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Yuan serves as a member of the MR Operations Committee and MR Safety Committee, and the Institutional Review Board. Within the Department of Radiology, she is an active member of the Body MRI Protocol Committee, MRI Technical Development Committee, and Neuro MRI QA Committee.

Dr. Yuan is also actively involved with the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), which she serves as a member of the Magnetic Resonance Subcommittee. She also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Magnetic Resonance in Imaging, and the annual meetings of the ISMRM and AAPM.

Dr. Yuan teaches MRI physics and MR safety to medical students, residents, fellows, clinical staff, and faculty, via lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and web-based educational modules.


Graduate School
University of Pennsylvania (2000)

Research Interest

  • Advanced MR Imaging Techniques
  • Clinical MRI Quality and Safety
  • Quantitative MRI/PET Analysis

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine