Prof. Brian KOT Chin Wing

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Diagnostic Imaging, B.Sc. (Hons) in Radiography, Cert. (RPC), Cert. (Virtopsy)
Office Address
Room 1A-504, 5/F, Block 1, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street, City University of Hong Kong
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Prof Brian Kot is a registered diagnostic radiographer and veterinary imaging researcher in the City University of Hong Kong. He obtained his BSc in Radiography and PhD in Diagnostic Imaging from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the supervision of Dr Fiona Brook (PI of first successful dolphin artificial insemination project worldwide) and Dr Michael Ying, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. He completed his certificate course in virtopsy (postmortem radiology) with Prof Michael Thali and his team in 2016 at the University of Zurich.

Brian joins the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health and the Department of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in Diagnostic Imaging in July 2021. He is generally interested in questions relevant to Diagnostic Imaging, Postmortem Imaging, Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, Conservation Medicine, Environmental Science, and have expertise in applying various diagnostic imaging tools to clinical and forensic practice for marine conservation and policy decisions, which allows the use of aquatic animals as sentinels of ecosystem health, working towards a ‘One Ocean-One Health’ ideal.

Currently, his team applies diagnostic imaging on captive aquatic animals for health assessment, as well as virtopsy routinely in stranded cetaceans and sea turtles in Hong Kong and adjacent waters to investigate their biological health profiles.

Please visit to my Aquatic Animal Virtopsy Lab website and social media for more information:


Brian’s research focuses on medical imaging for global health: from wildlife to humans, which could be categorized in the two following themes:
1. Diagnostic imaging for aquatic wildlife health and diseases surveillance investigation and biological profile evaluation
2. Vascular Imaging: Imaging markers to identify risk factors leading to stroke and other cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases
Brian has established a highly successful medical imaging focused research programme that is addressing fundamental issues in marine and conservation biology (i.e. biological health and profile investigations of stranded cetaceans), as well as identification of imaging markers and risk factors leading to ischemic stroke and its recurrence in Chinese population. Brian has demonstrated a consistent track record of peer-reviewed research funding since 2013, including more than HK$7 million in competitive research grants as Principal Investigator and Co-investigator.

  1. BCW Kot, DKP Chan, HLA Yuen, HCL Tsui. Diagnosis of atlanto-occipital dissociation: Standardised measurements of normal craniocervical relationship in finless porpoises (genus Neophocaena) using postmortem computed tomography. Scientific Reports 2018;8:8474.
  2. BCW Kot, HLA Yuen, FHM Wong, CL Tsui. Morphological analysis of the foramen magnum in finless porpoise (genus Neophocaena) using postmortem computed tomography three-dimensional volume rendered image. Marine Mammal Science 2018 (Early view).
  3. DKP Chan, CL Tsui, BCW Kot. Database documentation of marine mammal stranding and mortality: current status review and future prospect. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 2017;126(3):247-256.
  4. HLA Yuen, CL Tsui, BCW Kot. Accuracy and reliability of cetacean cranial morphometrics using computed tomography three-dimensional volume rendered images. PLoS ONE 2017;12(3): e0174215.
  5. XY Yu, BCW Kot, YJ Hao, D Wang. Influence of extended photoperiod on the seasonal rut pattern of testicular morphology in the captive male Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis ssp. asiaeorientalis). Zoological Studies 2016;55:24.
  6. SCH Cheng, VWC Wu, DLW Kwong, CY Lui, ACK Cheng, BCW Kot, MTC Ying. Sonographic appearance of thyroid glands in patients treated with Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy or Conventional Radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound 2015;43(4):210-223.
  7. BCW Kot, SCH Cheng, TYH Lau. Stereology of the thyroid gland in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus) in comparison with human (Homo sapiens): Quantitative and functional implications. PLoS ONE 2013; 8(5): e62060.
  8. MTC Ying, YP Zheng, BCW Kot, JCW Cheung, SCH Cheng, DLW Kwong. Three-dimensional elastography for cervical lymph node volume measurements: a study to investigate feasibility, accuracy and reliability. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 2013;39(3):396-406.
  9. BCW Kot, MTC Ying, FM Brook, RE Kinoshita, K Dave, WK Chan. Sonographic evaluation of thyroid morphology during different reproductive events in female Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops aduncus. Marine Mammal Science 2012;28(4):733-750.
  10. BCW Kot, MTC Ying, FM Brook, RE Kinoshita, SCH Cheng. Ultrasonographic assessment of the thyroid gland and adjacent anatomic structures in Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus). American Journal of Veterinary Research 2012;73(11):1696-1706.
  11. BCW Kot, ZJ Zhang, AW Chun, VYF Leung, SN Fu. Elastic modulus of muscle and tendon with shear wave ultrasound elastography: variations with different technical settings. PLoS ONE 2012; 7(8):e44348.
  12. BCW Kot, MTC Ying, FM Brook. A comparison of portable ultrasound unit and fully-equipped clinical ultrasound unit in the thyroid size measurement of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin. PLoS ONE 2012; 7(1):e30218.
  13. BCW Kot, MTC Ying, FM Brook, RE Kinoshita. Evaluation of 2-D and 3-D ultrasound in the assessment of the thyroid gland of the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops aduncus. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2012; 43(1):33-49.
  14. BCW Kot, MTC Ying, FM Brook, RE Kinoshita. Sonographic evaluation of thyroid morphology during estrous cycle in the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops aduncus. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2012; 43(2):256–264.
  15. BCW Kot, DM Sin, M Ying. Evaluation of the accuracy and reliability of two 3-dimensional sonography methods in volume measurement of small structures: an in vitro phantom study. Journal of Clinical Ultrasound 2009; 37(2):82-88.
  16. BSF Pang, BCW Kot, M Ying. Three-dimensional ultrasound volumetric measurements: Is the largest number of image planes necessary for outlining the region-of-interest? Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 2006; 32(8):1193-1202.
  17. BCW Kot, WHF Lai, KMC Lee, MTW Yeung. Unforgettable “Journey to the west” – Pioneer clinical placement exchange program in UK. The Hong Kong Radiographer Journal 2004; 8(1):32-34.