About the PET Center

The PET Center continues to lead in biomedical research today, facilitating basic and clinical research across multiple disciplines including:

  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry

Advances in PET technology have expanded PET/CT into clinical practice, particularly in oncology. The PET/CT Imaging Facility performs more than 6,000 clinical PET/CT exams each year.

The utilization of PET imaging continues to evolve and may be in the forefront of personalized medicine because of its ability to visualize, characterize and measure biological processes.


  • The PET Center is dedicated to continuing the advancement of molecular imaging and seeks to build a network of collaborators to conduct translational research using existing and new radiotracers to help better understand the diagnosis, physiology and treatment of multiple diseases.
  • We strive to educate referring clinicians and their patients about the emerging benefits of PET/CT diagnostic procedures, other radiotracer imaging methods and radionuclide therapies as tools in their research and clinical practice.
  • The PET Center is committed to providing opportunities and mentoring for individuals interested in pursuing work or collaborations within the molecular imaging field.

New User information

Investigators that are new users should begin with the New to the PET Center section. The purpose of this section is to provide information on the processes, resources, and tools that will guide investigators to the requirements for utilizing PET Center services and establishing collaborations.

  • New to the PET Center

    We have many tools available for those looking to do research in the PET Center, including applications and setting up a research study, scheduling, and billing.

  • PET/CT Imaging Facility

    Get information about Penn Radiology's PET/CT Imaging Facility, examples of standard PET/CT for FDG studies and contact information for research rates.

  • Cyclotron Facility

    The cyclotron facility was built in 1985 and is a below grade building containing about 6100 sq. ft. of space with two cyclotrons.

  • Meet Our Team

    PET Center personnel includes experienced physicians, managerial staff, and experts in physics and cyclotron.

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