Status of the positron emission tomography centre at the Austin hospital

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A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre is currently being established at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne. The Centre has recently purchased a Siemens Model 951/31 PET scanner and an Ion Beam Applications (IBA) Model 10/5 cyclotron with associated targetry and automated radiochemistry modules. The initial areas of clinical investigation at the Austin Hospital will be heart and brain studies using 18Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) and 13Nitrogen-ammonia (13NH3). The heart studies will concentrate on determining myocardial viability in patients following infarction whilst studies of epileptic patients will involve determination of the epileptic focus in the brain. A description of the major technical instrumentation is given together with an overview of the radio-pharmaceutical production processes and the initial program of clinical investigations to be undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-47
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1991
Externally publishedYes

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