Zerrin Yetkin, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Neuroradiology Divison

Dr. Yetkin is an expert in high-end imaging and was a member of the team that pioneered functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and resting-state fMRI at Medical College of Wisconsin. She was recruited to UT Southwestern in 2000 to help establish the system for fMRI, MRI perfusion, MRI spectroscopy, and other high-end imaging and radiology techniques.

Dr. Yetkin earned her medical degree at Aegean University Medical School in Turkey, where she completed a residency in Radiology and worked as a faculty physician. She later completed a neuroradiology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Yetkin’s current research centers on the application of resting-state fMRI to clinical practice and using fMRI to measure memory dominance.

During her career, Dr. Yetkin has published extensively on the development of and best practices for functional MRI, resting-state fMRI, and neuroradiology.

She is a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Radiological Society of North America, and Society for Neuroscience.


UT Southwestern Medical Center 2003
Medical School
Aegean University Medical School, Turkey (1976)
Aegean University Medical School, Turkey (1976), Rotating
Aegean University Medical School, Turkey (1980), Radiology
Medical College of Wisconsin (1984)

Research Interest

  • Brain Tumor Perfusion & Oxygenation
  • Clinical and Basic Neuroscience Applications of fMRI
  • fMRI for Preoperative Brain Mapping
  • fMRI of Neurologic/Psychiatric Disorders


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Functional magnetic resonance imaging of imaging of activation in subcortical auditory pathway.
Yetkin FZ, Roland PS, Mendelsohn DB, Purdy PD Laryngoscope 2004 114 (1) 96-101
Evaluation of auditory cortex activation using silent functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Yetkin FZ, Roland PS, Purdy PD, Christensen WF American Journal of Otolaryngology 2003 24(5) 281-289
Hypoxia imaging in brain tumors.
Yetkin FZ, Mendelsohn D Neuroimaging Clinics of North America 2002 12(4) 537-552
Assessment of auditory cortex activation using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Ulualp SO, Biswal BB, Yetkin FZ, Kidder TM Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery 2000 122(2) 241-245
Functional MR of frontal lobe activation: Comparison with Wada language results.
Yetkin FZ, Swanson S, Fischer M, Akansel G, Morris G, Mueller WM, Haughton VM American Journal of Neuroradiology 1998 19 1095-1098

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society for Neuroscience