Qian Tao, PhD

Area(s) of interest

  • Analysis of clinical MR images
  • Multi-modality image registration and intraoperative image integration
  • Risk stratification, machine learning


Qian Tao received her BSc degree (with honors) in Electrical Engineering from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2001. She received her MSc degree (with honors) in Biomedical Engineering from Fudan University in 2004, with her master thesis on Doppler ultrasound blood flow signal simulation and characterization. In 2009 she received her PhD degree from University of Twente, the Netherlands, with her PhD thesis entitled "Face Verification for Mobile Personal Devices". Her Ph.D work contributed to the 3Dface of European Commission and the Personal Network Polit project of Dutch Freeband.

Qian Tao joined LKEB, Department of Radiology, LUMC in 2008. She is currently working on cardiac MR image analysis for image-guided catheter ablation and risk stratification for cardiac arrhythmias.


Selected Publications

Tao Q, van der Tol P, Berendsen FF, Paiman EHM, Lamb HJ, van der Geest RJ. Robust motion correction for myocardial T1 and extracellular volume mapping by principle component analysis-based groupwise image registration. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017

Shahzad R*, Tao Q*, Dzyubachyk O, Staring M, Lelieveldt BPF, van der Geest RJ. Fully-automatic left ventricular segmentation from long-axis cardiac cine MR scans. Medical Image Analysis. 2017 Jul;39:44-55.

Tao Q, Ipek EG, Shahzad R, Berendsen FF, Nazarian S, van der Geest RJ. Fully automatic segmentation of left atrium and pulmonary veins in late gadolinium-enhanced MRI: Towards objective atrial scar assessment. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2016;44(2):346-54.

Tao Q, Piers SR,  Lamb HJ, van der Geest RJ. Automated Left Ventricle Segmentation in Late Gadolinium Enhanced MRI for Objective Myocardial Scar Assessment. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2015;42(2):390-9.

Tao Q, Piers SR,  Lamb HJ, Zeppenfeld K, van der Geest RJ. Preprocedural Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Image-guided Catheter Ablation of Scar-related Ventricular Tachycardia. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2015;31(2):369-77.

Dzyubachyk O*, Tao Q*, Poot DH, Lamb HJ, Zeppenfeld Z, Lelieveldt BP, van der Geest RJ. Super-Resolution Reconstruction of Late Gadolinium Enhanced MRI for Improved Myocardial Scar Assessment. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2015;42(1):160-7.

Piers SR, Tao Q, de Riva Silva M, Siebelink HM, Schalij MJ, van der Geest RJ, Zeppenfeld K. CMR-Based Identification of Critical Isthmus Sites of Ischemic and Nonischemic Ventricular Tachycardia. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2014;7(8):774-84.

Tao Q, Lamb HJ, Zeppenfeld K, van der Geest RJ. Myocardial Scar Identification Based on Analysis of Look-Locker and 3D Late Gadolinium Enhanced MRI. International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging. 2014;30(5):925-34.

Piers SR, Tao Q, van Huls van Taxis C, van der Geest RJ, Siebelink HMJ, Schalij MJ, Zeppenfeld K. Contrast-enhanced MRI-derived Scar Patterns and Associated Ventricular Tachycardias in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy: Implications for the Ablation Strategy, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. 2013; 6(5):875-83. 

Piers SR, van Huls van Taxis C, Tao Q, van der Geest RJ, Siebelink HMJ, Schalij MJ, Zeppenfeld K. Epicardial substrate mapping for ventricular tachycardia ablation in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy:  A new algorithm to differentiate between scar and viable myocardium developed by simultaneous integration of CT and contrast-enhanced MRI, European Heart Journal. 2013;34(8):586-96.

Piers SR, Dyrda K, Tao Q, Zeppenfeld K, Bipolar Ablation of Ventricular Tachycardia in a Patient after Atrial Switch Operation for D-Transposition of the Great Arteries, Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 2012;5(2):38-40.

Tao Q, Milles J, van Huls van Taxis C, Lamb HJ, Reiber JH, Zeppenfeld K, van der Geest RJ. Toward Magnetic Resonance-Guided Electroanatomical Voltage Mapping for Catheter Ablation of Scar-Related Ventricular Tachycardia: A Comparison of Registration Methods. Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. 2012;23(1):74-80

Tao Q, Milles J, Zeppenfeld K, Lamb HJ, Bax JJ, Reiber JH, van der Geest RJ. Automated Segmentation of Myocardial Scar in Late Enhancement MRI using Combined Intensity and Spatial Information. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2010;64(2):586-594.

Tao Q, Veldhuis RNJ. Robust Biometric Score Fusion by Naive Likelihood Ratio via Receiver Operating Characteristics. IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics & Security. 2013;8(2):305-313.

Tao Q, Veldhuis RNJ. Biometric Authentication System on Mobile Personal Devices. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 2010;59(4):763-773.

Tao Q, Veldhuis RNJ. Threshold-optimized Decision-level Fusion and Its Application to Biometrics. Pattern Recognition.2009;42(5):823-836.

Tao Q, Wang YY, Fish P, Wang WQ, Cardoso, J. The Wall Signal Removal in Doppler Ultrasound Systems Based on Recursive PCA. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. 2004;30(3):369-379

Tao Q, Wang YY, Wang WQ. A New Method for Doppler Clutter Rejection Based on Irregular Sampling and Iterative Spline Reconstruction. IEEE Signal Processing Letters. 2004;11(9):764-767



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E-mail: q.tao@lumc.nl