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Departments

PET Positron Emission Tomography

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

The Positron Emission Tomography (PET) service at Austin Health was established as a joint initiative of the Victorian and Federal Governments, and the Austin Hospital. The department performed the first ever PET scan in Australia in October 1992. Clinical and Research programs within PET have been developed in view of the unique facilities and expertise available within the department.

The PET service provides patient care of the highest standard using state of the art equipment which includes an 18MeV cyclotron, modern radiochemistry, radiopharmacy and quality control laboratories, contemporary PET/CT scanners supported by advanced RIS/PACS technology for image distribution. Our staff covers a wide range of expertise -senior medical staff, medical imaging technologists, medical physicists, radiochemists, radiopharmacists, nursing staff, patient service assistants and receptionists.

We have developed an integrated clinical and research PET program that is of international standard. The research programs bring together basic molecular and cell biology discoveries and translate these to the clinic, in the fields of oncology and neuroscience.

Our mission is to provide exceptional quality clinical service for our patients, undertake teaching and training, and perform cutting edge research that enhances our knowledge of human physiology and disease, and assists with the development of innovative new therapies.