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Nafi Aygun, M.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Languages: English, Turkish


Brain Tumors, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Diagnostic Radiology, Diseases of the Ear and Nose, Diseases of the Throat in Children, Head and Neck Cancers, Head and Neck Tumors, Neuroimaging, Neurology, Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Sinus Problems, Skull Base Tumors more

Research Interests

Head and Neck Imaging

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Dr. Nafi Aygun is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science. He specializes in neuroradiology, diagnostic radiology and head and neck imaging.

Dr. Aygun received his M.D. from the Hacettepe University School of Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. He performed residencies in radiology at Hacettepe University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where he subsequently acted as staff neuroradiologist before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2002. more


  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science

Departments / Divisions



  • MD, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine (1990)


  • Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine / Radiology (1995)
  • MetroHealth Medical Center / Radiology (1999)
  • Cleveland Clinic / Diagnostic Radiology (2000)


  • Cleveland Clinic / Neuroradiology (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Radiology / Diagnostic Radiology (2000)
  • American Board of Radiology / Neuroradiology (2002)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Aygun’s research has focused on magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, head and neck to evaluate tumors and cancers, cerebrovascular diseases, sinus problems, and diseases of the ear, nose and throat.

Selected Publications

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Blitz AM, Macedo LL, Chonka ZD, Ilica AT, Choudhri AF, Gallia GL, Aygun N. "High-resolution CISS MR imaging with and without contrast for evaluation of the upper cranial nerves: segmental anatomy and selected pathologic conditions of the cisternal through extraforaminal segments." Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2014 Feb; 24(1):17-34. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2013.03.021. Epub 2013 Jun 17.

Blitz AM, Choudhri AF, Chonka ZD, Ilica AT, Macedo LL, Chhabra A, Gallia GL, Aygun N. "Anatomic considerations, nomenclature, and advanced cross-sectional imaging techniques for visualization of the cranial nerve segments by MR imaging." Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2014 Feb; 24(1):1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2013.03.020. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

Mossa-Basha M, Ilica AT, Maluf F, Karakoç Ö, Izbudak I, Aygün N. "The many faces of fungal disease of the paranasal sinuses: CT and MRI findings." Diagn Interv Radiol. 2013 May-Jun; 19(3):195-200. doi: 10.5152/dir.2012.003.

Gok B, Jallo G, Hayeri R, Wahl R, Aygun N. "The evaluation of FDG-PET imaging for epileptogenic focus localization in patients with MRI positive and MRI negative temporal lobe epilepsy." Neuroradiology. 2013 May; 55(5):541-50. doi: 10.1007/s00234-012-1121-x. Epub 2012 Dec 8.

Ozturk A, Aygun N, Smith SA, Caffo B, Calabresi PA, Reich DS. "Axial 3D gradient-echo imaging for improved multiple sclerosis lesion detection in the cervical spinal cord at 3T." Neuroradiology. 2013 Mar; 55(4):431-9. doi: 10.1007/s00234-012-1118-5. Epub 2012 Dec 4.

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