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(Henry) Sung-Cheng Huang

Professor, Biomathematics
Member, JCCC Cancer Molecular Imaging, Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area, Physics & Biology in Medicine GPB Home Area
Professor Emeritus, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology

Tracer kinetic modeling and biomedical imaging

Work Email Address:

Laboratory Address:
B2-085C CHS
Office Address:
B2-085H CHS

Phone Numbers:
310-825-4517 Fax
Phone Numbers:
310-825-6647 Office

Research Interest:

We are interested in the methodology development and applications of quantitative molecular imaging. We develop tracer kinetic models for new compounds as well as various methods to facilitate image quantitation (e.g., movement correction, parametric image generation, image-based input function derivation, partial volume correction, automated ROI procedures). In the application aspect, we collaborate with other laboratories to use quantitative molecular imaging, in preclinical and clinical settings, to study various diseases/disorders, including, coronary artery disease, brain trauma, dementias, and cancers. In kinetic modeling, special emphasis is on the understanding of basic mechanisms related to the uptake, clearance and metabolism of labeled compounds under various conditions. We use mathematical and statistical methods to account for various confounding factors to improve the signal-to-noise ratio in molecular imaging measurements obtained in vivo.

Selected Publications:

Huang, SC Stout, DB Yee, RE Satyamurthy, N Barrio, JR Distribution volume of radiolabeled large neutral amino acids in brain tissue. Journal of cerebral blood flow and metabolism : official journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. . 1998; 18(12): 1288-93.
Huang, SC, Zhou, Y, Spatially-coordinated regression for image-wise model fitting to dynamic PET data for generating parametric images.. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science 1998; 45: 1194-1199.
Choi Y, Huang SC, Hawkins RA, Kim JY, Kim BT, Hoh CK, Chen K, Phelps ME, Schelbert HR Quantification of myocardial blood flow using N-13 ammonia and PET: comparison of tracer methods. J. Nucl. Med 1999; 40: 1045-1055.
Huang SC Anatomy of SUV (Standardized Uptake Value). Nuclear Medicine & Biology 2000; 27: 643-646.
Small, GW Ercoli, LM Silverman, DH Huang, SC Komo, S Bookheimer, SY Lavretsky, H Miller, K Siddarth, P Rasgon, NL Mazziotta, JC Saxena, S Wu, HM Mega, MS Cummings, JL Saunders, AM Pericak-Vance, MA Roses, AD Barrio, JR Phelps, ME Cerebral metabolic and cognitive decline in persons at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. . 2000; 97(11): 6037-42.
Bergsneider, M Hovda, DA Lee, SM Kelly, DF McArthur, DL Vespa, PM Lee, JH Huang, SC Martin, NA Phelps, ME Becker, DP Dissociation of cerebral glucose metabolism and level of consciousness during the period of metabolic depression following human traumatic brain injury. Journal of neurotrauma. . 2000; 17(5): 389-401.
Yee, RE Huang, SC Stout, DB Irwin, I Shoghi-Jadid, K Togaski, DM DeLanney, LE Langston, JW Satyamurthy, N Farahani, KF Phelps, ME Barrio, JR Nigrostriatal reduction of aromatic L-amino acid decarboxylase activity in MPTP-treated squirrel monkeys: in vivo and in vitro investigations. Journal of neurochemistry. . 2000; 74(3): 1147-57.
Shoghi-Jadid K, Huang SC, Stout DB, Yee RE, Yeh EL, Farahani KF, Satyamurthy N, Phelps ME, Barrio JR Striatal kinetic modeling of FDOPA with a cerebellar-derived constraint on the distribution volume of 3OMFD: a positron emission tomography (PET) investigation using non-human primates. J. Cereb. Blood Flow Metab 2000; 20: 1134-1148.
Zhou Y, Huang SC, Bergsneider M, Wong DF Improved parametric image generation using spatial-temporal analysis of dynamic PET studies, Neuroimaging. 2002; 15: 697-707.
Small, GW Agdeppa, ED Kepe, V Satyamurthy, N Huang, SC Barrio, JR In vivo brain imaging of tangle burden in humans. Journal of molecular neuroscience : MN. . 2002; 19(3): 323-7.
Shoghi-Jadid K, Small GW, Agdeppa ED, Kepe V, Ercoli LM, Siddarth P, Read S, Satyamurthy N, Petric A, Huang SC, Barrio JR Localization of Neurofibrillary Tangles (NFTs) and Beta-Amyloid Plaques (APs) in the Brains of Living Patients with Alzheimer?s Disease. Am J. Geriatric Psychiatry 2002; 10: 24-35.
Hattori, N Huang, SC Wu, HM Yeh, E Glenn, TC Vespa, PM McArthur, D Phelps, ME Hovda, DA Bergsneider, M Correlation of regional metabolic rates of glucose with glasgow coma scale after traumatic brain injury. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. . 2003; 44(11): 1709-16.
Agdeppa ED, Kepe V, Petri A, Satyamurthy N, Liu J, Huang SC, Small GW, Cole GM, Barrio JR. In vitro detection of (S)-naproxen and ibuprofen binding to plaques in the Alzheimer's brain using the positron emission tomography molecular imaging probe 2-(1-[6-[(2-[(18)F]fluoroethyl)(methyl)amino]-2-naphthyl]ethylidene)malononitrile. Neuroscience. 2003; 117(3):: 723-30.
Wu, HM Huang, SC Hattori, N Glenn, TC Vespa, PM Yu, CL Hovda, DA Phelps, ME Bergsneider, M Selective metabolic reduction in gray matter acutely following human traumatic brain injury. Journal of neurotrauma. . 2004; 21(2): 149-61.
Wilks, M, Protas, H, Wardak, M, Kepe, V, Small, GW, Barrio, JR, Huang, SC Automated VOI Analysis in FDDNP PET Using Structural Warping: Validation Through Classification of Alzheimer's Disease Patients. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 2012; 2012: 512069.
Wong KP, Zhang, X, Huang, SC, Improved derivation of input function in dynamic mouse F-18-FDG PET using bladder radioactivity kinetics. Molecular Imaging and Biology 2013; DOI: 10.1007/s11307-013-0610-6: .
Leow A, Yu CL, Lee SJ, Huang SC, Nicolson R, Hayashi KM, Protas H, Toga AW, Thompson P, Brain structural mapping using a noval hybrid implicit/explicit framework based on the level-set method. NeuroImage 2005; 24(3): 910-927.
Vespa, P, Bergsneider M, Hattori N, Wu HM, Huang SC, Martin NA, Glenn TC, McArthur DL, Hovda DA, Metabolic Crisis without Brain Ischemia is Common after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Combined Microdialysis and Positron Emission Tomography Study. J Cereb Blood Flow and Metab 2005; 25(6): 763-774.
Huang SC, Truong D, Wu HM, Chatziioannou AF, Shao W, Wu AM, Phelps ME, An Internet-based Kinetic Imaging System (KIS) for MicroPET. Molecular Imaging and Biology 2005; 7: 330-341.
Kepe, V., Barrio, JR, Huang, S.C., Shoghi-Jadid, K., Ercoli, L, Siddarth, P., Cole, G.M., Satyamurthy, N., Small, G.M., Phelps, M.E., Serotonin 1A Receptors in the Living Brain of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients. Proceedings of National Academy of Science 2006; 103(3): 702-707.
Kreissl, M.C., H.M. Wu, D.B. Stout, W. Ladno, T.H. Schindler, X. Zhang, J.O. Prior, A.F. Chatziioannou, S.C. Huang, H.R. Schelbert, Non-invasive measurement of cardiovascular function in mice with ultra-high temporal resolution small animal PET. J. Nucl. Med 2006; 47: 974-980.
Small GW, Kepe V, Ercoli LM, Siddarth P, Miller KJ, Bookheimer SY, Lavretsky H, Cole GM, Vinters HV, Thompson PM, Huang S-C, Satyamurthy N, Phelps ME, Barrio JR, Positron Emission Tomography scanning of cerebral amyloid and Tau deposits in mild cognitive impairment. The New England Journal of Medicine 2006; 355: 2652-63.
Wu, HM, Sui, G, Lee, CC, Prins, ML, Ladno, W, Lin, HD, Yu, AS, Phelps, ME, Huang, SC, In vivo quantitation of glucose metabolism in mice using microPET imaging and a microfluidic device. J. Nucl. Med 2007; 48(5): 837-845.
Ferl, G.Z., Wu, H.M., Zhang, X., Kreissl, M.C., Huang, S.C. Estimation of the 18F-FDG Input Function in Mice Using Dynamic microPET and Minimal Blood Sample Data. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2007; 48: 2037-2045.
Barrio, JR, Kepe, V, Satyamurthy, N, Huang, SC Amyloid and Tau Imaging, Neuronal Losses and Function in Early Dementia. Journal of Health, Nutrition and Aging 2008; 12: 61-68.
Huang, SC Role of kinetic modeling in biomedical imaging. Journal of Medical Sciences/NDMC 2008; 28(2): 057-064.
Pan, MH, Huang, SC, Liao, YP, Schaue, D, Wang, CC, Stout, DB, Barrio, JR, McBride, WH 3’[F-18]fluoro-3’-deosythymidine (FLT)-PET imaging of radiation responses in murine tumors. Molecular Imaging and Biology 2008; 10: 325-334.
Ferl, G.Z., Dumont, R, Armijo, A, Haubner, R, Reischl, G, Hildebrandt, I, Su, H, Weber, W, Huang, SC Derivation of a compartmental model for quantifying 64Cu-RGD peptide kinetics in tumor bearing mice. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2009; 50: 250-258.
Wardak, M., Wong, K.P., Shao, W., Dahlbom, M., Kepe, V., Satyamurthy, N., Small, G.W., Barrio, J.R., Huang, S.C. Movement Correction for Improving Quantitative Analysis of Dynamic Brain 18F-FDDNP PET Images. Journal Nucl. Med 2010; 51: 210–218.
Wong, KP, Wardak, M, Shao, W, Dahlbom M, Kepe, V, Liu, J, Satyamurthy, N, Small, GW, Barrio, JR, Huang, SC Quantitative analysis of [F-18]FDDNP PET using subcortical white matter as reference region. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2010; 37(3): 575-88.
Protas, H, Huang, SC, Kepe, V, Hayashi, K, Klunder, A, Braskie, MN, Ercoli, L, Bookheimer, S, Thompson, PM, Small, GW, Barrio, JR FDDNP binding using MR derived cortical surface maps. NeuroImage 2010; 49: 240-8.
Yu, AS, Hiryama, BA, Timbol, G, Liu, J, Basarah, E, Kepe, V, Satyamurthy, N, Huang, SC, Wright, EW, Barrio, JR Functional expression of SGLTs in rat brain. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology 2010; 299(6): C1277-84.
Schiepers, C, Dahlbom, M, Chen, W, Cloughesy, T, Czernin, J, Phelps, ME, Huang, SC Kinetics of 3’-deoxy-3’-[18F]fluoro-thymidine during treatment monitoring of recurrent high-grade glioma. J. Nucl. Med 2010; 51: 720-7.
Wardak, M, Schiepers, C, Dahlbom, M., Satyamurthy, N, Cloughesy, T, Chen, W, Czernin, J, Phelps, ME, Huang, SC Predicting Survival in Recurrent Brain Tumor Therapy with 18F-Fluoro-Thymidine PET. Clinical Cancer Research 2011; 17: 6553-62.
Wong, KP, Sha, W, Zhang, X, Huang, SC Effects of Administration Route, Dietary Condition and Blood Glucose Level on Kinetics and Uptake of 2-[18F]Fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose in Mice. J. Nucl. Med 2011; 52: 800-807.
Maddahi J, Czernin J, Lazewatsky J, Huang SC, Dahlbom M, Schelbert H, Sparks R, Ehlgen A, Crane P, Zhu Q, Devine M, Phelps M Phase I, First-in-Human Study of BMS747158, a Novel 18F-Labeled Tracer for Myocardial Perfusion PET: Dosimetry, Biodistribution, Safety, and Imaging Characteristics After a Single Injection at Rest. J. Nucl. Med 2011; 52(9): 1490-1498.
Small, GW, Siddarth, P, Kepe, V, Ercoli, LM, Burggren AC, Bookheimer, SY, Miller, KJ, Kim, J, Lavretsky, H, Huang, S-C, Barrio, JR PET of brain amyloid and tau predicts and tracks cognitive decline in people without dementia. Archives of Neurology 2012; 69(2): 215-222.
Wong, KP, Kepe, V, Dahlbom, M, Satyamurthy, N, Small, GW, Barrio, JR, Huang, SC Comparative evaluation of Logan and relative-equilibrium graphical methods for parametric imaging of dynamic [F-18]FDDNP PET determinations. NeuroImage 2012; 60(1): 241-251.
Kepe, V, Moghbel, MC, Langstrom, B, Zaidi, H, Vinters, H, Huang, SC, Satyamurthy, N, Doudet, D, Mishani, E, Cohen, R, Hoilund-Carlsen, PF, Alavi, A, Barrio, JR Amyloid-â Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Probes: A Critical Review. J. Alzheimer’s Disease 2013; doi: 10.3233/JAD-130485: .
Sha, W, Ye, H, Iwamoto, KS, Wong, KP, Stout, D, McBride, W, Huang, SC Factors Affecting Tumor FDG Uptake in Longitudinal Mouse PET Studies. EJNMMI Research 2013; 3:51: .