Guido Germano, PhD

Director, Artificial Intelligence Program
Phone:(310) 423-4344
Fax:(310) 423-0173

Academic Appointments

Professor, Medicine

Awards and Activities

Fellow, American Heart Association2001
Fellow, American College of Cardiology1998
Editorial Board Member: International Journal of Cardiac ImagingCurrent
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Nuclear CardiologyCurrent
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Nuclear MedicineCurrent
Member, Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association1998
Board of Directors, Cardioavascular Council, Society of Nuclear Medicine2000
Board of Directors, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology2012

Research Focus

Develop software to allow computers to process and analyze three-dimensional images of the heart in much the same way an experienced human operator would. Apply artificial intelligence techniques to the measurement of parameters critical to understanding the state and behavior of the human heart.

Current investigations include:

Creation of new artificial intelligence techniques to accurately determine the location of the heart from 3-D tomographic images, estimate epicardial and endocardial boundaries and quantify heart perfusion and function in a completely automated fashion.

Selected Publications

  1. Germano G, Kiat H, Kavanagh PB, Moriel M, Mazzanti M, Su HT, Van Train KF, Berman DS: Automatic quantification of ejection fraction from gated myocardial perfusion SPECT. J. Nucl. Med., 36(11): 2138-47, 1995
  2. Germano G, Erel J, Lewin H, Kavanagh PB, Berman DS: Automatic quantitation of regional myocardial wall motion and thickening from gated technetium-99m sestamibi myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol., 30(5): 1360-7, 1997
  3. Germano G: Technical aspects of myocardial SPECT imaging. J. Nucl. Med., 42(10): 1499-507, 2001
  4. Germano G, Kavanagh PB, Slomka PJ, Van Kriekinge SD, Pollard G, Berman DS: Quantitation in gated perfusion SPECT imaging: the Cedars-Sinai approach. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 14(4): 433-54, 2007
  5. Germano G, Slomka PJ, Berman DS: Attenuation correction in cardiac SPECT: the boy who cried wolf?. Journal of nuclear cardiology : official publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, 14(1): 25-35, 2007
  6. Slomka PJ, Berman DS, Germano G: Applications and software techniques for integrated cardiac multimodality imaging. Expert review of cardiovascular therapy, 6(1): 27-41, 2008