Applications-Inspired Molecular Imaging Instrumentation and Physics Research

January 08, 2020

Theme:Applications-Inspired Molecular Imaging Instrumentation and Physics Research

Host:Dr. Youngho Seo

Time:15:30, Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Location: Buildig 7, Ruijin Hospital



Molecular imaging modalities such as SPECT and PET can provide quantitative information about diseases or other conditions for which they were designed for. By understanding challenging clinical applications of these imaging modalities, particularly in the form of dual-modality SPECT/CT, PET/CT, and PET/MRI, critical areas of unmet need could be unveiled. In this presentation, I will describe applications-inspired technology development in SPECT, PET, and machine learning/deep learning by showing several examples to which our laboratory has made significant contributions.


Youngho Seo received his Ph.D. in  Physics from University of California, Los Angeles, America in 2002, and received a Board Certification through the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine, 2007. Dr. Seo is a full Professor and Director of  Nuclear Imaging Physics in Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF. He has joint appointments in Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSF and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests include development of individualized pretherapy dosimetry tools using PET for targeted radionuclide therapy, development of highly specialized molecular imaging instrumentation and computing solutions , development  of  advanced in vivo molecular imaging techniques using microSPECT/CT, microPET/CT, microCT, and optical imagers with small animal models of human disease (e.g., cancer, cardio/cerebro-vascular, or neurological disease). Dr. Seo received over 20 grants from National Institutes of Health (NIH), industry, University of California,. etc. He with his coauthors published over 140 journal articles and over 200 conference papers. He is recognized by a number of awards for scientific excellence and educational achievements, including a Distinguished Investigator Award from Academy of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research. He is also on the editorial board for Journal of Visualized Experiments, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He is active in the national and international societies such as IEEE, SNMMI, AAPM, etc.