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Professor, Institute of Biomedicine
Professor, UTU and Chief Physicist TUH


Areas of expertise

Medical Physics
Nuclear Medicine
PET Methodology


My medical physics teaching started with 3 years Physics assistent in biomedical department the main responsibility was physics laboratory work with first year medical students.

During my hospital career I have been teaching and still give courses on medical physics at the Turku University of applied sciences (TUAS), faculty of health care (former nursery school). I am frequently asked to give talks in national and international meetings and I am peer-reviewing 2-3 articles annually for international Journals and review abstracts for several congresses (NACP and EANM).

My philosophy has always based on interaction with students and to start teaching from the basics with a lot of real-life examples so that it is easy to follow. In addition I give guidance to deeper understanding and advice on where to find more information. This is why I chose a career in applied physics. As being a link between university researches, new features from manufacturers and clinical applications my aim is to get new techniques for the benefit of patients


Research activities have concentrated to the growing area of PET methodology including engineering, physical aspects as well as modelling.
Recently, imaging is moving towards multimodality imaging and Turku PET Centre is one of the best environments to perform research of my interest.

Within almost 30 years I have good collaboration to several research institutes research groups as well as with major PET instrumentation manufacurers.


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Assessment of myocardial viability with [15O]water PET: A validation study in experimental myocardial infarction (2021)

Journal of Nuclear Cardiology
Maria Grönman, Miikka Tarkia, Christoffer Stark, Tommi Vähäsilta, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Mark Lubberink, Paavo Halonen, Antti Kuivanen, Virva Saunavaara, Tuula Tolvanen, Jarmo Teuho, Mika Teräs, Timo Savunen, Mikko Pietilä, Seppo Ylä-Herttuala, Anne Roivainen, Juhani Knuuti, Antti Saraste
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Study of Repeatability of a Novel PET Flow Phantom (2020)

IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference record
R. Siekkinen, J. Teuho, A. K. Kirjavainen, K. Koskensalo, A. Saraste, M. Teräs
(Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa (A4))