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Adj Asst Prof Tang Phua Hwee

Tang Phua Hwee

Adj Asst Prof Tang Phua Hwee

MBBS (Spore), FRCR (UK), Masters of Medicine (Diagnostic Radiology) (Spore)

Deputy Head and Senior Consultant

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Specialty: Diagnostic & Interventional Imaging

Sub-specialties: Paediatric Imaging

Clinical Appointments

  • Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Imaging (Research and Education and Paediatric Imaging) Department of Diagnostic Imaging KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Director, Adult and Pediatric Body Imaging SingHealth Duke-NUS Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme


Dr Tang Phua Hwee is a paediatric radiologist with keen interest in neuroimaging. She is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and did her basic and advanced radiology training in various hospitals in Singapore. After obtaining her FRCR and Masters in Diagnostic Radiology, she spent 6 months in University of California San Francisco learning the finer points of paediatric imaging, including paediatric neuroimaging and foetal imaging. She has also done a mini-fellowship in neuroradiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre and a visiting fellowship at Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She completed the Khoo Clinical Scholar’s Program and is currently conducting research on optimising MR imaging for children. Her research has received several awards locally as well as overseas.

Dr Tang is actively involved in education and is regularly invited as a speaker at local and overseas conferences.


  • MBBS (National University of Singapore) 1998
  • FRCR (United Kingdom) 2003
  • MMed (Diagnostic Radiology) National University of Singapore 2003

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Member of Singapore Radiological Society
  • Member of Singapore Medical Association
  • Fellow of Royal College of Radiologists
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke NUS Graduate School of Medicine, Singapore
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore
  • Clinical Physician Faculty member for SingHealth Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 2012
  • Member, KKH’s JCI Standards : Human Subjects Research Programs (HRP) from 15 June 2017
  • Data Analytic Office Representative of Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging from June 2017
  • SingHealth Advanced Bioimaging Advisory and Users Committee member from 2012
  • KK Research Committee member from 1 March 2010
  • KK Review Committee member 2008-2009
  • AMEI member from 2014
  • AMRI member from 2012
  • Member of Singapore Radiological Society
  • Member of Singapore Medical Association
  • Fellow of Royal College of Radiologists


  • Merit Award for at Radiology Asia 2017 for “Longitudinal study of traumatic brain injury in non-human primate using MRI.” Oral presentation at Radiology Asia 2017. Singapore Expo 19 -20 May 2017.
  • 2017 Long Service Award recipient (10 year service)
  • 2nd SAHK (Society of Anaesthetists of Hong Kong) poster prize in the topic Pain for “Pain network on arterial spin labelling MRI in post hysterectomy patients.” At 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists, Hong Kong, 28 Aug – 2 Sept 2016.
  • Best Scientific Oral Paper for “Best MRI sequence for imaging paediatric brain tumour” at Singapore Congress of Radiology 2016, 19-21 Feb
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (as voted by Residents) Academic Year 2013/2014, SingHealth Residency
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Award (Silver Award) in recognition of outstanding and commendable services for the period April 2011 to March 2012.
  • Singapore Medical Journal 2011 Reviewer Recognition Award.
  • Best Oral Presentation Award (Obstetrics) for “Fetal MRI complements antenatal ultrasound” at International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology-2nd Scientific Congress of College of O&G Singapore 2010
  • Best Oral Free Paper 2nd prize for oral presentation of “MRI of the Foetal Central Nervous System in Singapore” at Asian Oceanic Society of Pediatric Radiology 2009
  • Certificate of Merit for poster “A Pictorial Review of Imaging Findings in Congenital Middle Ear Deafness on HRCT of the Temporal Bone”at European Congress of Radiology 2006
  • Bronze prize for oral presentation of “Diffusion Tensor Imaging: Distinguishing Displaced and Destroyed White Matter in Brain Tumours” at ASEAN Association of Radiology Congress 2004
  • Bronze prize for oral presentation of “Endovascular stenting of the thoracic aorta in Tan Tock Seng Hospital” at ASEAN Association of Radiology Congress 2002

Research Interests

  • Paediatric Imaging
  • New technology


  • Clinical relevance of the nonvisualized appendix on abdominal ultrasonography of the abdomen in children.
    Nah SA, Ong SS, Lim WX, Amuddhu SK, Tang PH, Low Y.
    J Pediatr 2017 Mar;182:164-169
  • Concurrent paediatric medulloblastoma and Chiari I malformation with syringomyelia,
    Low SYY, Lian DWQ, Tang PH; Loh E, Seow WT, Low DCY.
    Childs Nerv Syst. 2017 Jun;33(6):881-883.
  • Changes to the geometry and fluid mechanics of the carotid siphon in the pediatric Moyamoya disease.
    Jamil M, Tan GX, Huq M, Kang H, Lee ZR, Tang PH, Hu XH, Yap CH
    Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. 2016 Dec;19(16):1760-1771.
  • Fetal hypothalamic hamartoma with suprasellar arachnoid cyst.
    Tang PH, Chang K, Hwang WS, Yeo SH, Ong CL.
    Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Feb 28.
  • Review of congenital inner ear abnormalities on CT temporal bone.
    RSZ Yiin, PH Tang, TY Tan.
    The British Journal of Radiology 2011;(84):859-863
  • Clinics in Diagnostic Imaging (133). Retained placenta from an intra-abdominal pregnancy. Win T, Tang PH.
    Singapore Med J 2011; 11(52) : 53
  • Imaging of parotid gland primitive neuroectodermal tumor.
    Niketa C Chotai, Phua Tang, Anil N Gopinathan.
    Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics (J Can Res Ther) 2010; July-September 6(3):327-9
  • Primitive neuroectodermal tumour metastases mimicking neurofibromatosis type 2.
    Chotai N C, Tang P H, Gan B K, Lim C C T.
    Singapore Med J 2010; 51(6) : e98
  • Hypoxic Ischaemic Injury in an Immature Brain on MRI.
    Chotai N, Tang PH, Agarwal P.
    Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare. 2010 Volume 19 Number 2 pages 163-5
  • Imaging Paediatric Brain Tumours.
    Tang PH
    Journal of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2010; 36(4):158-162
  • MR of the foetal central nervous system in Singapore.
    Tang PH, Ong CL, Stringer D, Tan JVK, Yeo GSH.
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2009;38:774-81
  • Imaging findings of chronic subluxation of the os odontoideum and cervical myelopathy in a child with Beare-Stevenson cutis gyrate syndrome after surgery to the head and neck.
    Too CW, Tang PH.
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2009;38:832-4
  • Imaging of Accidental Paediatric Head Trauma.
    Tang PH, TCC Lim.
    Pediatr Radiol. 2009 May;39(5):438-46.
  • Primary Neuroblastoma of the Mandible
    Tang PH, P Cohen.
    Singapore Med J. 2009 Jan;50(1):e5-7.
  • Diagnostic Imaging Quiz – Endobronchial intubation.
    Tang PH.
    KK Hospital Review Volume 12 Issue 2 November 2009 page 101-2
  • Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: An MR Analysis of Associated Abnormalities in the Fetus.
    PH Tang, A Bartha, ME Norton, A Barkovich, EH Sherr, OA Glenn.
    AJNR 2009 Feb;30(2):257-63
  • Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis: Subtle Signs on Neuroimaging.
    Tang PH, Chai J, Chan YH, Chng SM, Lim CT.
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2008 May 37(5):397-5
  • Diagnostic Imaging Quiz – Polymicrogyria.
    Lim TC, Tang PH.
    KK Hospital Review Volume 11 Issue 2 December 2008 page 82-3
  • Diagnostic Imaging Quiz – Adenomyosis and Endometriosis.
    Lam WW, Tang PH.
    KK Hospital Review Volume 11 Issue 1 July 2008 page 63-4
  • Hysterosalpingogram: current applications.
    Eng CW, Tang PH, Ong CL.
    Singapore Med J. 2007 Apr;48(4):368-73
  • Intracranial Aneurysm detection on 3T MRA.
    Tang PH, Hui F, Sitoh YY.
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 2007 June 36(6):388-93
  • A community study of male androgenetic alopecia in Bishan, Singapore.
    Tang PH, Chia HP, Cheong LL, Koh D.
    Singapore Med J 2000 May 41(5):202-5

Research Trials

  • Entertain, Educate, Empower- Creation of a game to train children to keep still for MRI scans
    (FY2017 SingHealth Duke-NUS Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme
    Clinical Innovation Support Programme Grant )10/FY2017/P2/08-A52
  • Evaluation of Compliance of MRI Brain Scans to American College of Radiology (ACR)
    Ordering Guidelines in a Multi-centre Study HEARTS/2017/024 (Health Services Research and Analytics Technologies for SingHealth (HEARTS) 2017
  • Setting up Computerised Objective Radiology Assistant (CORA) 10/FY2015/P2/06-A48
    (SingHealth Duke-NUS Radiological Sciences Academic Clinical Programme FY2015
    Clinical Innovation Support Programme Grant)
  • Determining the Potential and Feasibility of Choline Concentration to Distinguish between Malignant and Benign Extracranial Soft tissues in a Pediatric population (Khoo Foundation Research Award Duke-NUS-KCSP/2012/0004)
  • Does arterial spin labelling or diffusion tensor imaging enhance the sensitivity of structural MRI in those with focal epilepsy? (Khoo Foundation Research Award Duke-NUS-KCSP/2012/0005)
  • To investigate the use of arterial spin labelling and diffusion tensor imaging in detecting brain lesions in children with focal epilepsy (Singapore Radiological Society 2012)
  • To improve clinical outcomes in the healthcare of women and children in Singapore with cutting edge advanced imaging technology (SingHealth Foundation Grant
  • Improving the Outcomes of Women's and Children's Diseases in Singapore with Advanced Bioimaging (BMRC Extramural Grant SBIC RP C-01/2010)