Annie Lai, M.D., Neuroradiologist; Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Eden Medical Center

California Pacific CURRENTS: The online journal of CPMC Research Institute

Pioneering leading-edge radiology and imaging techniques to advance the diagnosis of brain tumors and cognitive disorders

Research Overview

  • As one of Sutter Health’s leading neuroradiologists, Dr. Annie Lai specializes in using the latest imaging techniques to diagnose patients with brain tumors, sleep disorders, and cognitive impairment.
  • She investigates advances in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), MR spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of brain tumors, and amyloid positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to determine the presence or absence of amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment. She is an accredited interpreter of studies in these areas.
  • Dr. Lai lectures on topics ranging from cranial nerve pathway and cranial neuropathy for medical students, to PET-CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) preceptors for industry.
  • Recently voted a “Top Doctor” (Diagnostic Radiology) in Oakland Magazine, Dr. Lai collaborates with other healthcare specialists at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Eden Medial Center, who provide the latest approaches in diagnoses and treatments for patients with tumors of the brain and spinal cord, and other neurologic conditions. 
  • Dr. Lai leads and helps recruit physicians in a multicenter clinical trial in the national coverage determination of amyloid imaging exams.  

Read more about research among the Sutter Neurosciences Research Consortium.


Dr. Lai received her M.D. from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. She completed residency training in radiology at the UCLA Department of Radiological Sciences, followed by a fellowship in neuroradiology at UCSF.


Publication Search


Tang V, Lam M, Lai A, Intraosseous meningioma mimicking a metastasis. BMJ Case Rep

Wong MH, Lai AH, Singh M, Chew PT, Sleeping posture and intraocular pressure. Singapore Med J

Brown CR, Lai AY, Callen ST, Blaho VA, Hughes JM, Mitchell WJ, Adenoviral delivery of interleukin-10 fails to attenuate experimental Lyme disease. Infect Immun

Lee KM, Lai AP, Brodale J, Jampolsky A, Sideslip of the medial rectus muscle during vertical eye rotation. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci

Primary Research Interests
  • Neuroradiology and advance brain imaging techniques
  • fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging of brain tumors
  • Imaging of cranial nerve pathways
  • PET-CT and amyloid imaging of the head and neck