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Curtin University
Medical Radiation Sciences
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Dr Zhonghua Sun

PhD (Ulster)

Senior Lecturer

Location: 301.226 (John de Laeter Building)
Phone: 61 + 8 9266 7509
Fax: 61 + 8 9266 2377
Email: z.sun@curtin.edu.au
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Biography

Dr Zhonghua Sun gained his M.B and PhD degrees in clinical medicine and medical imaging, respectively, from Harbin Medical University in China and University of Ulster, UK. He worked as a radiologist in the department of radiology at Peking Union Medical College Hospital for 9 years prior to taking up one-year medical fellowship during 1998-1999 in Japan. He was awarded a Vice Chancellor Research Scholarship in 1999 at University of Ulster, where he completed his PhD in 2002. He worked and lectured for two and a half years in medical imaging at University of Ulster before joining Curtin in May 2005.

Dr Sun has published more than 60 archival research papers, most of them in well regarded journals with a good impact factor (>1.0). Dr Sun has significantly contributed to quality research in the medical imaging profession. He is collaborating with a wide variety of people both within and external to his personal research field. Dr Sun is also collaborating internationally which is opening up further opportunities for him and his research.

Teaching areas

  • Teaching responsibilities for undergraduate medical imaging course (2nd year to the 4th year medical imaging students). Teaching and coordinating the subjects: Medical imaging sectional anatomy 203, medical imaging pathology 204, comparative medical imaging science 305, science research methodologies 451.
  • Teaching subjects only: Medical imaging instrumentation 234, medical imaging specialisation 417/428 (CT modality)
  • Teaching responsibilities for postgraduate medical imaging course (master students by coursework).

Research interests/areas

  • Diagnostic radiology, medical image processing, visualization and analysis
  • Radiation dose and image quality (CR/DR, CT imaging)
  • 3D imaging of abdominal aortic aneurysm and endovascular stent grafts
  • 3D imaging of coronary artery disease and coronary stents
  • Haemodynamic analysis of cardiovascular diseases
  • Virtual reality and simulation in cardiovascular diseases

Research Projects

Multislice CT angiography in coronary artery disease: radiation dose issue; Radiation dose and image quality in CR and DR imaging; Hamodynamic analysis of cardiovascular diseases with prediction of disease progression; Justification of use of CT by medical practitioners

Research supervision

PhD supervision

  • Investigation of diagnostic value of combined PET/CT in coronary artery disease. Student: Mansour Al Moudi 2008-2012. Supervisors: Zhonghua Sun, Nat Lenzo
  • Radiation dose measurements and comparison between CT angiography and conventional angiography procedures: Student: Akmal Sabarudin 2009-2012. Supervisors: Zhonghua Sun, Kwan-Hoong Ng
  • Hamodynamic evaluation of wall pressure and endothelial shear stress: prediction of coronary artery plaque progression and potential rupture. Student: Thanapong Chaichana 2009-2012. Supervisors: Zhonghua Sun, James Jewkes, Kelvin Wong

Publications:

Refereed journal publications (impact factor based on ISI 2009)

  • Ng C, Sun Z Development of an online automatic diagnostic reference levels management system for digital radiography: a pilot experience. Comput Meth Prog Bio (in press) 2010 (IF=1.144)
  • Sun Z, Cao Y, Ng C. Dual-source CT virtual intravascular endoscopy for assessing aortic dissection: A preliminary study. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2010; 5: S51-52
  • Sun Z, Ng C. Dual source CT angiography in aortic stent grafting: An in vitro aorta phantom study of image noise and radiation dose. Acad Radiol 2010; 17: 884-893 (IF=2.092)
  • S Sun Z, Ng KH. Is use of computed tomography justified in clinical practice? Part IV: Application in pediatric imaging. Singapore Med J 2010; 51: 457-463
  • Sun Z, Ng KH. Multislice CT angiography in cardiac imaging: Part III: Radiation risk and dose reduction. Singapore Med J 2010; 51: 374-380
  • Sun Z, Ng KH. Multislice CT angiography in the cardiac imaging: Part II: Diagnostic applications in coronary artery disease. Singapore Med J 2010; 51: 282-289
  • Sun Z, Ng KH, Vijayananthan A. Is use of computed tomography justified in clinical practice? Part I: Application in the emergency department. Singapore Med J 2010; 51: 200-206
  • Field L, Sun Z. Multislice CT angiography of the plantar arch: A case report. Biomed Imaging Intervent J 2010; 6(1) e10: 1-7
  • Sun Z. Multislice CT angiography in cardiac imaging: prospective ECG-gating or retrospective ECG-gating? Biomed Imaging Intervent J 2010; 6(1) e4, 1-7
  • Sun Z, Al Dosari S, Ng C, Al-Mumntshari A, Almaliky S. Multislice CT virtual intravascular endoscopy of pulmonary embolism: A pictorial review. Korean J Radiol 2010; 11: 222-230 (IF=1.315)
  • Sun Z, Squelch A, Bartlett A, Cunningham K, Lawrence-Brown M. 3D stereoscopic visualization in fenestrated stent grafts. Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol 2009; 32: 1053-1058 (IF=1.949)
  • Sun Z, Almutairi A. Diagnostic accuracy of 64-slice CT angiography for the detection of coronary in-stent restenosis: A meta-analysis. Eur J Radiol 2010; 73: 266-273 (IF=2.645)
  • Al Shahaimi A, Ababtain K, Sun Z. Diagnostic value of non-invasive imaging techniques in the detection of carotid artery stenosis: A systematic review. Radiographer 2009; 56: 14-18
  • Sun Z, Halkett G. Computed tomography and radiation dose: is the technique appropriately used for imaging the children? Australasian Medical Journal 2009; 1: 33-35 (editorial)
  • Ng C, Sun Z. Development of an online automatic computed radiography dose data mining program: A preliminary study. Comput Meth Prog Bio 2010; 97: 48-52 (IF=1.114)
  • Sun Z. Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm: Current status and future directions. World J Radiol 2009; 1: 63-71
  • Sun Z, Chaichana T. Fenestrated stent graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm: Hemodynamic analysis of effect of fenestrated stents on renal arteries. Korean J Radiol 2010; 11: 95-106 (IF=1.315)
  • Almutairi A, Sun Z, Ng C, Al-Safran Z, Mulla A, Al-Jamaan A. Optimal scanning protocols of 64-slice CT angiography in coronary artery stents: An in vitro phantom study. Eur J Radiol 2010; 74: 156-160 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, Dimpudus F, Adipranoto JD, Nugroho J. CT virtual intravascular endoscopy assessment of coronary artery plaques: A preliminary study. Eur J Radiol 2010; 75: e112-119 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, Lawrence-Brown M. CT virtual endoscopy and 3D stereoscopic visualization in the evaluation of coronary stenting: A case report. Biomed Imaging Intervent J 2009; 4 e (22)
  • Sun Z. The promise of synchrotron radiation in medical science. Australasian Medical Journal 2009; 1: 1-5 (editorial)
  • Sun Z. Helical CT angiography of fenestrated stent grafting of abdominal aortic aneurysms. Biomed Imaging Intervent J 2009; 2: e 3: 1-9
  • Sun Z, Mwipatayi B, Allen Y, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. Multislice CT virtual intravascular endoscopy in the evaluation of fenestrated stent graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms: A short-term follow-up. AUZ J Surg 2009; 79: 836-840 (IF=1.344)
  • Lawrence-Brown M, Sun Z, Semmens JB, Liffman K, Sutalo I, Hartley D. Type II endoleaks: When is intervention indicated and the index of suspicion for type I or III? J Endovasc Ther 2009 (Suppl I) 16: I 106-I 118 (IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Allen Y, Mwipatayi B, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. Multislice CT angiography in the follow-up of fenestrated endovascular grafts: Effect of slice thickness on 2D and 3D visualization of the fenestrated stents. J Endovasc Ther 2008; 15: 417- 426 (IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Mwipatayi B, Allen Y, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. Multislice CT angiography of fenestrated endovascular grafts: A pictorial essay. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2008; 3 (supp l): S343-344
  • Sun Z. Multislice CT angiography in post-aortic stent grafting: optimization of scanning protocols for virtual intravascular endoscopy. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2008; 3: 19-26
  • Sun Z, Allen Y, Nadkarni S, Wright R, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. CT virtual intravascular endoscopy in the visualization of fenestrated endovascular grafts. J Endovasc Ther 2008; 15:42-51 (IF=2.135)
  • Sun Z, Davidson R, Lin CH. Multislice CT angiography in the assessment of coronary artery in-stent restenosis: A systematic review. Eur J R 2009; 69: 489-495 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, Lin CH, Davidson R, Dong C, Liao Y. Diagnostic value of 64-slice CT angiography in coronary artery disease: A systematic review. Eur J R 2008; 67: 78-84 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, O’Donnell M, Winder R, Ellis P, Blair P. Effect of suprarenal fixation of aortic stent grafts on renal ostium: Assessment of morphological changes by virtual intravascular endoscopy. J Endovasc Ther 2007; 14: 650-660 (IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Allen Y, Fitzsimmons B, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. Evaluation of CT virtual intravascular endoscopy in the visualisation of aortic ostium in patients undergoing fenestrated stent grafts: a preliminary study. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2007; 2: S37-38
  • Sun Z, Chaichana T, Nipawan T, Allen Y, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown MMD. Simulation of blood flow in abdominal aortic aneurysms pre-and post-fenestrated stent graft repair: A preliminary study. Int J Comput Assist Radiol Surg 2008; 3 (suppl 1): S66
  • McCann K, Lim L, Tomlinson G, Way J, Alshamakhi J, Ong C, Sun Z. Optimisation of radiation dose and image quality in 3D multi-detector CT angiography in abdominal aortic aneurysm: in vitro aorta phantom study. Radiographer 2007; 51: 18-22
  • O’Donnell, Sun Z, Winder J, Lau LL, Ellis PK, Blair PH. Suprarenal fixation of endovascular aortic stent grafts: assessment of medium-term to long-term renal function by analysis of juxtarenal stent morphology. J Vasc Surg 2007; 45: 694-700 (IF=3.517)
  • Sun Z. Multislice CT angiography in abdominal aortic aneurysm treated with endovascular stent grafts: evaluation of 2D and 3D visualisations. Biomed Imaging Intervent J 2007; 3: e20
  • Sun Z. Multislice CT angiography in aortic stent grafting: relationship between image noise and body mass index. Eur J R 2007: 61: 534-540 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, Mwipatayi B, Semmens J, Lawrence-Brown M. Short to mid-term outcomes of fenestrated endovascular grafting of aortic aneurysms: A systematic review J Endovasc Ther 2006; 13: 6: 747-753 (IF=2.645))
  • Sun Z. Diagnostic value of multislice CT angiography in peripheral vascular disease. J Vasc Intervent Radiol 2006 ; 17: 1915-1921 (IF=1.805)
  • Sun Z, Wen J. Diagnostic value of multislice CT angiography in coronary artery disease: A meta-analysis. Eur J R 2006; 60: 279-286 (IF=2.645))
  • Sun Z. Diagnostic value of color duplex ultrasound in the follow-up of endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm. J Vasc Intervent Radiol 2006; 17: 759-764 (IF=1.805)
  • Sun Z. 3D multislice CT angiography in post-aortic stent grafting: A pictorial essay. Korean J Radiol 2006; 7: 205-211 (IF=1.315)
  • Sun Z, Ferris C. Optimal Scanning protocol of multislice CT virtual intravascular endoscopy in pre-aortic stent grafting: in vitro phantom study. Eur J R 2006; 58: 310-316 (IF=2.645)
  • Sun Z, Stevenson G. Short to mid-term effects of transrenal fixation of aortic stent grafts on renal function: A systematic review. Radiology 2006; 240: 65-72 (IF=6.341)
  • Sun Z. Three-Dimensional visualization of suprarenal aortic tent-Grafts: Evaluation of migration in midterm follow-up. J Endovasc Ther 2006; 1: 85-93 (IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Winder J, Kelly B, Ellis P, Kennedy P, Hirst D. Diagnostic value of CT virtual intravascular endoscopy in aortic stent grafting. J Endovasc Ther 2004, 11: 13-25 (IF=IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Winder J, Kelly B, Ellis P, Kennedy P, Hirst D. Assessment of VIE image quality using helical CT angiography: in vitro phantom study. Comput Med Imaging Graph 2004, 28:3-12 (IF=1.041)
  • Sun Z, Zheng H. Cross-sectional area reduction of the renal ostium by suprarenal stent wires: in vitro phantom study by CT virtual angioscopy. Comput Med Imaging Graph 2004; 28: 345-351 (IF=1.041)
  • Sun Z, Zheng H. Effect of suprarenal stent struts on the renal ostia with ostial calcification observed in CT virtual intravascular endoscopy. Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg 2004; 28: 534-542 (IF=2.919)
  • Sun Z. Transrenal fixation of aortic stent grafts: current status and future directions. J Endovasc Ther 2004; 11: 539-549 (IF=2.902)
  • Sun Z, Gallagher E. Multislice CT virtual intravascular endoscopy for abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafts. J Vasc Intervent Radiol 2004; 15: 961-970 (IF=1.805))
  • Sun Z, Zheng H. Helical CT angiography of aortic stent grafting: Comparison of three-dimensional rendering techniques. Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences 2004, 3314: 544-549
  • Sun Z, Winder J, Kelly B, Ellis P, Hirst D. CT virtual intravascular endoscopy of abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with suprarenal endovascular stent grafting. Abdom Imaging 2003; 28(4): 580-587 (IF=1.791)
  • Sun Z. Helical CT angiography of abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with suprarenal stent grafting: a pictorial essay. Cardiovasc Internvent Radiol 2003; 26(3) 290-295 (IF=1.949)
  • Winder J, Sun Z, Kelly B, Ellis P, Hirst D. An abdominal aortic aneurysm and stent graft phantom manufactured by medical rapid prototyping. J Med Eng Tech 2002; 26(2): 75-78

Journal publications (non-peer reviewed)

  • Sun Z. Fenestrated stent grafting of abdominal aortic aneurysms: A new treatment option for complicated aneurysms. Diagnostic Imaging Europe Asia/Pacific April 2009 (in press)
  • Sun Z, Lin C. Multislice CT angiography in endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms: clinical applications: Diagnostic Imaging Europe Asia/Pacific 2008 August/September, 20-22
  • Sun Z. Diagnosing coronary artery disease and in-stent restenosis with MDCT angiography. Hospital Imaging and Radiology Europe 2008; 3: 51-53
  • Sun Z, Lin C. Virtual intravascular endoscopy: clinical applications. Diagnostic Imaging Europe Asia/Pacific 2006 August/September 19-32
  • Sun Z. Spiral scanners raise CTA image quality. Diagnostic Imaging Asia/Pacific 2002 December 28-32
  • Sun Z, Zheng H. Laryngoscopy enters the virtual world. Diagnostic Imaging Asia/Pacific 2001 Jun 29-33
  • Sun Z, Lin Z, Kojima Y, Adachi S. Invasion of pulmonary vessels in hilar lung cancer: Evaluation by multiplanar reformation and three-dimensional computed tomography. Chin J Radiol Tech 2000; 24(1): 9-18
  • Sun Z. Imaging option expands in lung cancer diagnosis. Diagnostic Imaging Asia/Pacific 1999 Sep/Oct 31-35

Refereed conference papers

  • Sun Z, Chaichana T, Jiang W, Liu B. Multislice CT virtual endoscopy in pre- aortic stent grafting: optimization of scanning protocols. 3rd ISBME (International Symposium on Biomedical Engineering), 10-11, November, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand, pp, 72-77
  • Sun Z, Chaichana T, Sangworasil M, Tangjitkusolmun S, Allen Y, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown M. Computed simulation and analysis of hemodynamic changes in abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with fenestrated endovascular grafts. 3rd ISBME (International Symposium on Biomedical Engineering), 10-11, November, 2008, Bangkok, Thailand, pp, 441-446
  • Sun Z, Chaichana T, Sangworasil M, Allen Y, Hartley D, Lawrence-Brown MMD. Effect of fenestrated stents on the renal arteries: Investigation of hemodynamic changes in abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with fenestrated endovascular grafts. ISCIT (3rd International Symposium on Communication and Information Technologies), 21-23, October, 2008, Lao PDR, pp, 219-224
  • Chaichana T, Sun Z, Tangjitkusolmun S, Yoowattana S, Sangworasil M. Edge detection of the optic disc in retinal images based on identification of a round shape. ISCIT (3rd International Symposium on Communication and Information Technologies), 21-23, October, 2008, Lao PDR, pp, 670-674
  • Sun Z, Chaichana T, Sangworasil M, Tangjitkusolmun S. Computational fluid analysis of blood flow characteristics in abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with suprarenal endovascular grafts. 13th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, 3-6 December 2008, Singapore (in press)
  • Sun Z, Mwilpatayi B, Chaichana T, Ng K. Hemodynamic effect of calcified plaque on blood flow in carotid artery disease: a preliminary study. 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, 11-13 June, 2009 (in press)
  • Sun Z, Dimpudus F, Adipranoto J, Nugroho J, Chaichana T. 3D virtual intravascular endoscopy visualization of coronary artery plaques. 3rd International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, 11-13 June, 2009 (in press)

Memberships

Australian Institute of Radiography

Awards

Curtin Professional Development Scholarship by Perth Convention Bureau 2008-2009