Radiology Personnel

Robert Miyaoka, Ph.D.

Research Professor
Director of Small Animal PET Imaging
Director of SPECT/CT Physics
Research, Nuclear Medicine


Dr. Robert Miyaoka is a Research Associate Professor in the University of Washington
Department of Radiology. Much of his research has focus on the design, development and optimization of nuclear medicine instrumentation systems. His current research efforts are focused on the development of ultra-high resolution PET detector designs and incorporating them into preclinical imaging systems. Detectors developed in his laboratory include the micro-crystal element (MiCE) detector, the continuous miniature crystal element detector (cMiCE), and detectors that can provide depth of interaction information. In addition, he is developing PET detectors and electronics that can operate in high magnetic fields for a combined PET/MR imaging system.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Comparison of regional lung perfusion response on longitudinal MAA SPECT/CT in lung cancer patients treated with and without functional tissue-avoidance radiation therapy
Thomas H., Zeng J., Lee H., Sasidharan B., Kinahan P., Miyaoka R., Vesselle H., Rengan R., Bowen S.
The British journal of radiology. 2019 Nov:20190174

Effects of PET System Performance Characteristics on Image Quality for Neuro-PET
Ahn S., Harrison R.L., Hunter W., Kinahan P.E., Dolinsky S., Miyaoka R.S.
2019 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2019. 2019 Oct

Development and testing of SPECT/CT lung phantoms made from expanding polyurethane foam
Lehnert A., Hunter W., McDougald W., Harrison R., Lewellen T., Vesselle H., Miyaoka R.
Medical Physics. 2019 Jan

Voxel forecast for precision oncology: Predicting spatially variant and multiscale cancer therapy response on longitudinal quantitative molecular imaging
Bowen S., Hippe D., Art Chaovalitwongse W., Duan C., Thammasorn P., Liu X., Miyaoka R., Vesselle H., Kinahan P., Rengan R., Zeng J.
Clinical Cancer Research. 2019 Jan:5027-5037

Validation of software collimation for the calibration of monolithic PET detector modules
Gonzalez-Montoro A., Pierce L., Hunter W., Miyaoka R., Gonzalez A., Kinahan P.
2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2018 - Proceedings. 2018 Nov

A Low Input Impedance Front-End Interface ASIC for PET Imaging
Dey S., Lewellen T., Miyaoka R., Rudell J.
2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2018 - Proceedings. 2018 Nov

Characterization of highly multiplexed monolithic PET / gamma camera detector modules
Pierce L., Pedemonte S., Dewitt D., Macdonald L., Hunter W., Van Leemput K., Miyaoka R.
Physics in Medicine and Biology. 2018 Mar

A CMOS front-end interface ASIC for SiPM-based positron emission tomography imaging systems
Dey S., Rudell J., Lewellen T., Miyaoka R.
2017 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2017 - Proceedings. 2018 Mar:1-4

The PET/X dedicated breast-PET scanner for optimizing cancer therapy
MacDonald L., Hunter W., Zeng C., Pierce L., Dolinski S., Dewitt D., Miyaoka R., Kinahan P.
Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. 2018 Jan

Analysis of SPECT/CT quantitation in soft tissue and lung density phantoms
Hunter W., Lehnert A., Lewellen T., Harrison R., McDougald W., Miyaoka R.
2016 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference and Room-Temperature Semiconductor Detector Workshop, NSS/MIC/RTSD 2016. 2017 Oct