Phoenix, Arizona




The primary research and clinical interests of Yuxiang Zhou, Ph.D., are the development, evaluation and application of magnetic resonance (MR) and positron emission tomography (PET) techniques for disease detection, diagnosis, monitoring and management. These techniques include, but are not limited to, anatomical MRI, perfusion MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), BOLD functional MRI (fMRI), PET and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders and breast diseases.

Dr. Zhou is leading a research group that helps neurosurgeons develop real-time imaging tools for image-guided surgery, with a goal to improve resection completeness and decrease surgical complications. In addition, Dr. Zhou and his colleagues have developed and implemented brain MR elastography on a Siemens platform for intracranial tumor assessment, a technique that is currently available at only a few institutions throughout the U.S.

Focus areas

  • Medical image acquisition, optimization and post-processing
  • MR safety
  • Conventional MRI
  • Advanced neuro MRI — DTI, DSC, DCE, MRS, fMRI
  • Breast MRI
  • Interventional hybrid MRI for neurosurgical applications
  • Simultaneous PET and MRI
  • Imaging on cancel applications
  • Breast mammography
  • Machine learning and data science

Significance to patient care

Dr. Zhou's research is focused on improving the value and practicality of quantitative imaging biomarkers by reducing variability across devices, sites, patients and time.

Clinical Studies

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Primary Appointment

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

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Medical Physics


  1. MS - Computer Science University Of Houston-Clear Lake
  2. Post Doctoral Fellowship Mechanical Engineering Department and Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston
  3. Visiting Scholar Mechanical Engineering Department & Texas Center for Superconductivity, University of Houston
  4. PhD - Physics Hong Kong Baptist University
  5. MS - Physics Southeast University
  6. BS - Physics Nanjing University

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