Otto Muzik, PhD

Otto Muzik, PhD

Otto Muzik, PhD

Narrative Bio

Dr. Muzik is a medical physicist who was recruited from the University of Michigan in 1993 to assume the role of a senior physicist in the newly opened Children's Hospital of Michigan PET Center. Since then he established himself as an expert in the kinetic analysis of PET data as well as through his work in the development of image analysis software for integrative analysis of pediatric imaging data. Dr. Muzik is also in charge of the microPET/CT core facility at the WSU Medical School.

Dr. Muzik's research interests include the quantitative analysis of oxidative metabolism in Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) with the objective to establish the relationship between BAT thermogenesis and uptake of FDG, a widely used (but indirect) measure of brown fat metabolism. In addition, Dr. Muzik's research includes the development of methods that allow quantitative integration of multimodality neuroimaging data obtained from PET, MR, fMRI and DTI modalities with special focus on the quantitative assessment of fiber tract connectivity between PET and ECoG-abnormal brain regions in children with epilepsy.

Other Information

Member of the NOIT (Neuroscience and Ophthalmic Technologies) Study Section

Member of the ZRG1 ETTN-G (13) B (Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Development and Aging) Study Section

Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Biomedical Physics


University of Vienna, Austria, PhD in 1989

Position Title

Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology




University of Michigan, Cardiac PET Group, 1990-1993

Prior Appointments

Staff PET physicist, Nuclear Research Center Julich, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 1989-1990


Kinetic modeling, functional PET imaging in the brain and myocardium, quantitative assessment of Brown Fat metabolism, quantification of myocardial perfusion, clinical applications of advanced multimodality imaging techniques for pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy patients, microPET imaging in newborns and in preclinical models.


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