Associate Professor of Radiology
Committee on Medical Physics
5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC2026
Dr. Kao received his B.S. in Electric Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from The University of Chicago in 1997. Dr. Kao's research interest is on biomedical imaging and image reconstruction/quantitative analysis. He has conducted research in the areas of positron emission tomography (PET) image reconstruction, single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) image reconstruction, CT image reconstruction, spatial-temporal image data analysis, and 3D light microscopy. Dr. Kao's current research interest centers on PET imaging technology and reconstruction. He is investigating the use of a synergistic system design for developing a compact, stationary small-animal PET scanner that can yield better than 20% sensitivity and a target spatial resolution of 1.2 mm. Dr. Kao is also developing new reconstruction techniques for time-of-flight (TOF) PET imaging and investigating the use of new photo-detectors and detector designs for PET.