Ehsan Abadi

Assistant Professor in Radiology

Ehsan Abadi, PhD is an imaging scientist at Duke University. He is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Radiology and Electrical & Computer Engineering, a faculty member in the Medical Physics Graduate Program and Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging Laboratories, and a co-Lead in the Center for Virtual Imaging Trials. 

Ehsan's research focuses are in quantitative imaging and optimization, CT imaging, lung diseases, computational human modeling, and medical imaging simulation. He is actively contributing to developments of computational anthropomorphic models with various diseases such as COPD, as well as scanner-specific simulation platforms (e.g., DukeSim) of imaging systems. His current focus is to identify and optimize imaging systems for accurate and precise quantifications of lung diseases. 

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor in Radiology
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2018

Courses Taught

  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • MEDPHY 791: Independent Study in Medical Physics

Representative Publications

  • Abadi, Ehsan, W. Paul Segars, Hamid Chalian, and Ehsan Samei. “Virtual Imaging Trials for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).” Ajr Am J Roentgenol 216, no. 2 (February 2021): 362–68.
  • Abadi, Ehsan, William P. Segars, Benjamin M. W. Tsui, Paul E. Kinahan, Nick Bottenus, Alejandro F. Frangi, Andrew Maidment, Joseph Lo, and Ehsan Samei. “Virtual clinical trials in medical imaging: a review.” J Med Imaging (Bellingham) 7, no. 4 (July 2020): 042805.
  • Abadi, Ehsan, Brian Harrawood, Jayasai R. Rajagopal, Shobhit Sharma, Anuj Kapadia, William Paul Segars, Karl Stierstorfer, Martin Sedlmair, Elizabeth Jones, and Ehsan Samei. “Development of a scanner-specific simulation framework for photon-counting computed tomography.” Biomed Phys Eng Express 5, no. 5 (August 2019).
  • Abadi, Ehsan, Brian Harrawood, Shobhit Sharma, Anuj Kapadia, William P. Segars, and Ehsan Samei. “DukeSim: A Realistic, Rapid, and Scanner-Specific Simulation Framework in Computed Tomography.” Ieee Trans Med Imaging 38, no. 6 (June 2019): 1457–65.
  • Abadi, Ehsan, William P. Segars, Gregory M. Sturgeon, Justus E. Roos, Carl E. Ravin, and Ehsan Samei. “Modeling Lung Architecture in the XCAT Series of Phantoms: Physiologically Based Airways, Arteries and Veins.” Ieee Trans Med Imaging 37, no. 3 (March 2018): 693–702.