Public Lecture: Positron Emission Tomography

There will be a free, public lecture at Swansea University next week by Professor Terry Jones whose career has been in neuro-imaging research, and who was responsible for installing one of Britain’s first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners at the Hammersmith Hospital in 1979.

Title: The current and future engineering, technology and physics of Positron Emission Tomography

Speaker: Professor Terry Jones, Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis

Date: Thursday 17th November

Time: 7.30pm (refreshments at 7pm)

Venue: Faraday Lecture Theatre, Singleton Campus, Swansea University

Admission: Free, all welcome

In his talk Professor Jones will discuss how PET scanning is the most sensitive and specific means for imaging molecular interactions and pathways in humans as it can measure, in three dimensions, and over time, distributions within the body of biochemical compounds and pharmaceuticals radio labelled with positron emitting radionuclides.

Professor Jones will discuss PET scanner technology and associated methodologies together with examples of its application in clinical research and health care.

While current PET scanners view only some 25 cms axial length of the body at any one time, Professor Jones will also outline how a USA funded combined engineering, technology and physics initiative to construct the World’s first total body, 2 metres long PET scanner is now being developed to address this limitation.