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The present and future of PET in imaging

May 19, 2017

    Positron emission tomography, or PET, is a functional imaging technique that utilizes radionuclides to observe functional processes in the body. The PET/computed tomography (CT) combination allows for both the structure and the biochemical processes to be shown in an image, which has made PET/CT widely used in oncology. 

    Though the first PET scans were conducted in the 1970s, the imaging technique did not take off until it was combined with CT around the turn of the 21st century. In fact, the PET/CT scanner was named the medical invention of the year in 2000 by Time Magazine.

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