Training programme: PET Imaging Essentials and Practice

The programme gives an understanding of the essentials of PET imaging, both in theoretical and practical skills used in biomedical research and applications

For whom?

The programme is targeted at

researchers, physicians, and PhD students with at least a bachelor’s degree the field of biosciences or medicine

universities, research institutes, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies operating in the imaging, biotechnology and drug development fields

Duration and delivery

3 weeks. Two weeks online and one week in Finland.

Learning outcomes

In the end of the programme, the participant will

  • understand the interdisciplinary nature of PET imaging,
  • understand the essentials of the PET imaging physics, radiochemistry ,and data analysis,
  • have knowledge on PET applications, both research and clinical,
  • have theoretical and practical skills in modern techniques used in biomedical research and applications.
Contents of the programme

Week 1, online

  • Introduction of PET and Turku PET Centre
  • Radiation physics and safety
  • PET instrumentation
  • Production of PET radionuclides
  • Short history of radiochemistry
  • 11C radiochemistry
  • 18F radiochemistry
  • Radiometal chemistry
  • Radiopharmacy and GMP guidelines for PET

Week 2, online

  • Image acquisition and reconstruction
  • Information technologies and image analysis in PET
  • Small animal imaging and pre-clinical evaluation of PET tracers
  • Radiometabolism of PET tracers
  • Quantification of PET

Week 3, Finland

  • Tour to the facilities of Turku PET Centre
  • Neuroimaging of small animals with PET
  • Neurotransmitter systems studied with PET
  • Statistical analysis of brain-PET data
  • PET in clinical neurology
  • PET in cancer diagnosis and therapy
  • Oncological research
  • PET imaging of exercise responses
  • Multimodality imaging using CT, MRI and PET
  • Medicinal chemistry in PET & drug development
  • PET in clinical cardiology
  • Quantitative PET imaging of metabolic diseases
  • PET in clinical endocrinology
  • Preclinical cardiovascular research
  • PET imaging of infection/inflammation
  • Preclinical inflammation research

35 000 € per group (excluding possible VAT).

Maximum group size 25 participants.