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The PET facilities include a research PET clinic, a cyclotron and a radiopharmaceutical lab that is cGMP compliant for the production of radiopharmaceuticals. They produces all the FDG ([18F]fluorodeoxyglucose) for the Methodist Hospital- the tracer used for doing PET imaging for our cancer patients. It concentrates in malignant lesions, but not in benign ones, so it is used for discriminating between the two and confirming cancer diagnosis.
The PET facility comprises the following facilities:
The Cyclotron cGMP Facility ( Manager: Meixiang Yu, Ph.D.) is an on-site cyclotron, housed in the Research Institute building, that enables research studies that require rare custom tracers and short-half life materials, and/or multiple doses in a single day. It includes a cGMP production laboratory as required for the production of clinical grade radiopharmaceuticals.
The PET Imaging Clinic (Manager: Dan Y. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.) is located on the first floor of the RI building and operates latest generation scanners for advanced scintigraphic imaging suitable for a wide range of short and longer lived radioisotopes.