PET (Positron emission tomography) is a cross-sectional imaging method that gives information about tissue activity, metabolism and the behaviour of medical substances in tissues.
PET imaging can be applied to researching the prevalence of cancer, studying the brain and heart and seeking foci of inflammation.
In a PET examination, the medical substance is marked with a radioisotope and the substance is either injected to the patient or the patient will inhale it. The substance will pass to the examination target, which is photographed with a camera that receives radiation.
PET-CT scans combine radioisotope studies with computed tomography, so that accurate information about metabolism and structural alterations of tissue layer can be acquired.
At Tyks, the PET center is responsible for PET studies, which is a joint national research center of the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi and Tyks.
Turku PET Centre is a joint national research institute of University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, and Turku University Hospital (Tyks).