Rochester, Minnesota


Shu.Yunhong@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Similar to all the major medical imaging modalities, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been serving as a crucial clinical aid in understanding the complex mysteries of disease and medicine. However, with the evolution of disease etiology, MRI must continue to advance into a more robust, quantitative and reliable tool.

Yunhong Shu, Ph.D., conducts research to develop and validate novel MRI techniques to facilitate clinicians' need to diagnose, monitor and treat a broad spectrum of neurological disorders. She is committed to translating new MRI technologies for clinical use and collaborating closely with physicians in radiology and beyond.

Focus areas

  • MR engineering. Development of a lightweight, high-field system for head imaging.
  • MR pulse sequence development, non-Cartesian and non-Fourier imaging. To implement new imaging technologies on clinical MR scanners.
  • Functional MRI. To understand the basic mechanisms of the MRI signal changes measured during functional MRI tests of the brain and to develop novel high-spatiotemporal-resolution imaging techniques to study human brain activation.
  • Improving the MRI experience for patients. To provide a comfortable scanning environment for patients in which they can enjoy their experience in the MRI scanner.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Shu's research team collaborates closely and intensively with radiologists and other clinicians including neurologists and psychiatrists to develop new methods to address unmet clinical needs. The goal is to drive efficiency and effectiveness and lower costs while improving patient and staff experiences and imaging outcomes.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Medical Physics, Department of Radiology

Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  2. Associate Professor of Medical Physics


  1. PhD Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Track, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Predoctoral Student Biomedical Engineering and Physiology, Programs, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. MS - Biomedical Engineering Shanghai Jiaotong University
  4. BS - Biomedical Engineering BS, Minor in International Finance Shanghai Jiaotong University

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