Professor Zhonghua Sun
- Vascular and metabolic disorders
Zhonghua leads a group of CHIRI-associated medical radiation scientists at Curtin University whose research is focused on developing new and improved medical imaging visualisation tools to improve the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. His research has relevance to diseases and disorders including coronary artery disease, aortic dissection, aortic aneurysm, cancer imaging and diagnosis.
Having previously trained as a radiologist with clinical training in China and a one-year medical fellowship experience in Japan, Zhonghua’s uses medical imaging tools for the quantitative assessment of coronary plaques, and the 3D visualisation of abdominal aortic aneurysm treated with endovascular stent grafts.
Zhonghua recently developed a strong interest in 3D printing, promoting his research group to focus on patient-specific 3D printed models in cardiovascular disease and tumours. The 3D printing research projects have led to collaborations with clinicians in Western Australian hospitals and several Malaysian universities.
Zhonghua’s goal for his research into cardiovascular disease and cancer with CHIRI is to improve the early detection and diagnosis of disease and to see his research findings make a significant contribution to clinical practice, thereby improving patient care and reducing the healthcare burden to society.
Research interests – diagnostic imaging; cardiovascular image visualisation; 3D printing in medicine; virtual reality and use of holograms in medical application; optimisation of CT imaging protocols for radiation dose reduction.