Human PET / CT

University operated facility

The Florey together with The University of Melbourne hosts an advanced simultaneous PET/CT scanner dedicated to research. PET = Positron Emission Tomography, a method that images metabolic processes in the body in 3 dimensions. CT = Computed Tomography, uses X-rays to image body structure in 3D. The combination is able to fast track study of brain disorders such as dementia, mental illness, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The Siemens PET/CT scanner features ultra-high sensitivity time-of-flight PET detectors and a 128 slice CT. The scanner purchase was 50% funded by the Victorian Government through a Department of Business and Innovation grant to the Victorian Biomedical Imaging Capability (VBIC). Remaining funding was provided by The Florey (25%) and The University of Melbourne (25%).

The scanner is located in the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit, a joint facility of The University of Melbourne and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, operated by The University of Melbourne.

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