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Positron Emission Tomography (PET): Technology and Application

Key information

Subject area:

Life Sciences & Medicine


Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Credit level:

Not for credit


Duration:

3 days


Available course dates:

From: 17 April 2023 To: 19 April 2023
Application deadline: 20 March 2023

Course overview

The principal objectives of this programme are to review the basic principles of PET imaging and to convey an understanding of the modern application of PET technology. Imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), X-ray computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) have become important tools for the early detection of disease, the understanding of basic molecular aspects of living organisms and the evaluation of medical treatment.

What does this course cover?

All techniques have unique applications, with advantages and limitations. PET is being used to examine the biological function of tracer doses of molecules in living systems including humans. In particular there has been a rapid expansion in the application of PET imaging in the individual clinical management of patients, the study of disease mechanisms in oncology, heart disease, neuropsychiatric disorders and in the discovery and development of new therapautics and drugs.

Recent advances in the labeling of many target specific agents and drug candidates have facilitated their use in PET imaging. The quantification in vivo using PET generated data is now producing crucial information on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug interactions at targeted enzyme and receptor sites, thereby aiding critical decisions, which can lead to shortened times for clinical development and drug approval.

Some of the major fundamental work on the development of these techniques has been performed at King's College London and its current research strengths are recognised internationally. This is exemplified by the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences comprised of a multidisciplinary team of chemists, biologists, radiologists, clinicians, image scientists, physicists, pharmacologists and computer scientists having very active international collaborations with academia and industry.

What will I achieve?

The principal objectives of this programme are to review the basic principles of PET imaging and to convey an understanding of the modern application of PET technology.

Specific issues to be addressed include:

  • The production of PET radioisotopes
  • The chemistry of labeling compounds with short-lived positron-emitting radionuclides
  • The design of PET tracers - impact on interpretation of scanning data (e.g. position of labeling, metabolism, drugs vs. ligands)
  • PET instrumentation - how does a PET scanner or a cyclotron work (physics)?
  • How PET data is analysed (kinetic modelling, image analysis)
  • How PET can be used as a tool in basic biomedical research, drug development and discovery, pharmacology, individual patient management, diagnosis and treatment of disease

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Who will I learn with?

Antony Gee

Antony Gee

Professor of PET Chemistry

Who is this for?

The course is designed with the goal of conveying advances in this technique to all interested professionals. While currently there is a rapid growth of interest in PET techniques, with enhanced industrial and government investment, there is a skills shortage in radiochemistry and cyclotron operations, which is likely to inhibit the anticipated wider deployment of PET techniques.

This course will be suitable for professionals already within industry, academic and healthcare sectors who want to enhance their knowledge, increase their skill set and to mix with other industrialists and academics.

There will be ample opportunity to start building up networks of contacts, information and knowledge and will be particularly relevant to managers, researchers and pharmaceutical industry representatives, working on the forefront of biomedical science - from biology to chemistry to clinical trials - and with an interest to learn more about PET.

What is the teaching schedule?

The 3-day programme will include a series of lectures on various aspects of PET imaging, interspersed with ‘break-out sessions’ and small group discussions on chosen topics covered within the program. These can be used to consolidate concepts covered in the lectures, to reinforce ideas or to go into greater detail on some of the topics at the forefront of modern PET-related research.

Seminars and discussion groups will be guided by specialist tutors with experience from academia and industry. The selected tutors will be at the forefront of research and technology in the subject areas and will provide high quality teaching at the interface between knowledge and practice.

The small group sizes in the breakout sessions will facilitate group discussions and give excellent possibilities to learn more about the technology and application of PET.

Fees and discounts

The fees are as below. The early bird discount ends on 31/1/2023.

  • £725 - Corporate - Early Bird
  • £825 - Corporate - Full 
  • £625 Non Corporate(Hospital/University/Research -  Early Bird
  • £725 Non Corporate(Hospital/University/Research -  Full
  • £300 PhD Student Full*
  • £360 PhD Student - Early Bird*

* The PhD Student rate is applicable only to full time students. We will require a letter from your university with details of your existing study program registration. 

Further information

Employer Funded - Payment by Invoice

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  • full name of the company
  • web URL address of the company
  • company finance department address to which the course fee invoice will be posted to
  • email address where the invoice can be sent
  • purchase order reference (if needed) – this is a reference which your company may need to be shown on the invoice in order to make payment to King’s
  • the name of the individual at the company, responsible for approving the invoice from King’s
  • the contact details of this individual, including their job title, department; email and telephone number

Please note that King’s College London payment terms are 30 days from the date of the invoice.

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Places available

Full fee £825

Corporate - Early Bird £725

Non Corporate(University,Hospital, Research) - Full £725

Non Corporate(University,Hospital, Research) - Early Bird £625

PhD Student- Full £360

PhD Student- Early Bird £300

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