Qiyong Gong, MD, PhD, is Professor of Radiology at the West China Hospital of Sichuan University (China), and Associate Editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry (USA).
Dr Gong’s research has focused on MR imaging of psychiatric disorders. He has played a central role in the development of the field of psychoradiology, a subfield of neuroradiology devoted to translating psychiatric imaging research to advance diagnostic and therapeutic practice in clinical psychiatry. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles, with an h-index of 72, and he is a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics. Recognition of his contributions led to his being asked to provide an invited review of psychoradiology for Radiology, the leading journal in the field of radiology. He is now editing an issue on Psychoradiology for Neuroimaging Clinics of North America, an internationally important education series for practicing radiologists, radiology residents, and other related clinical professionals. Dr Gong presented the NIBIB New Horizons Lecture to the 23rd International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Annual Meeting in 2015, and he received the ISMRM Senior Fellow Award in 2016.
Dr Gong is the Chair of ISMRM Governing Committee of the Psychiatric MR Study Group, and the President of the Overseas Chinese Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
Title: Psychoradiology: The Forefront of Clinical Neuroimaging
Psychoradiology is an emerging subspecialty of radiology with growing intersection between the fields of clinical imaging, computational sciences, and psychiatry/psychology. It applies medical imaging technologies, particularly the multimodal MR imaging along with the state-of-the-art image analysis and image guided intervention (i.e., interventional psychoradiology) , to investigate and guide optimal treatment for mental disorders. Because brain alterations of psychiatric patients are relatively subtle, quantitative, rapid and efficient image analysis tools that combine information from different imaging analyses are needed to obtain actionable information about patients’ brain anatomy and function. The field of psychoradiology is shedding new light on the biologic basis of psychiatric disorders, and with support of ongoing developments in image analysis, is primed to play a role in assisting psychiatrists/clinical psychologists in making optimal diagnostic and treatment planning decisions for patients with mental disorders.