Medicina Nuclear/Nuclear Medicine

PET Instrumentation and Data Corrections


Ramsey D. Badawi, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering

Molecular Imaging Chair in Radiology

Chief of Nuclear Medicine

Department of Radiology, UC Davis Health System


This 3-hour course will cover the elements of clinical PET instrumentation, including basic principles and design considerations. Attendees will learn about the relevant properties of commonly used scintillator materials, the advantages and limitations of different light collection devices and strategies, and elements of signal pulse processing. They will also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of septa in PET. Once the basics of PET system design have been covered, the course will then address instrumentation challenges and benefits associated with multi-modality scanners including PET/CT and PET/MR. Basic CT physics and acquisition parameters will also be covered. The attendees will also learn about data corrections and practices needed for quantitative PET scanning.