Perspectives in Radiomics for Personalized Medicine and Theranostics

  • Seunggyun HaEmail author


Radiomics handles imaging biomarker from high-throughput feature extraction through complex pattern recognition that is difficult for human to process. Recent medical paradigms are rapidly changing to personalized medicine, including molecular targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and theranostics, and the importance of biomarkers for these is growing day by day. Even though biopsy continues to gold standard for tumor assessment in personalized medicine, imaging is expected to complement biopsy because it allows whole tumor evaluation, whole body evaluation, and non-invasive and repetitive evaluation. Radiomics is known as a useful method to get imaging biomarkers related to intratumor heterogeneity in molecular targeted therapy as well as one-size-fits-all therapy. It is also expected to be useful in new paradigms such as immunotherapy and somatostatin receptor (SSTR) or prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-targeted theranostics. Radiomics research should move to multimodality (CT, MR, PET, etc.), multicenter, and prospective studies from current single modality, single institution, and retrospective studies. Image-quality harmonization, intertumor heterogeneity, and integrative analysis of information from different scales are thought to be important keywords in future radiomics research. It is clear that radiomics will play an important role in personalized medicine.


Radiomics Personalized medicine Theranostics Oncology PET 


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Conflict of Interest

Seunggyun Ha declared that this work was supported by a grant from the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (no. 2018R1D1A1A02086383).

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This work does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. For this type of study formal consent is not required.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radiation Medicine Research InstituteSeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineSeoul National University HospitalSeoulSouth Korea

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