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The first primarily used commercial PET scanner was introduced in 1975. In the 70's and 80's PET was mainly used for research. During the early 90's PET expanded into hospitals, diagnostic clinics, mobile systems and physician practices as more and more of the medical community began to realize the utility of PET. 
PET Growth There are over 600 scanners installed worldwide in such leading institutions as:
  • M.D. Anderson
  • Sloan-Kettering
  • UCLA
  • UCSF 
  • U.S. Oncology 
  • Columbia-Presbyterian 
  • Hammersmith Hospital 
  • University of Munich 
  • Thompson Cancer Center 
  • Mallinckrodt

Technology Advances:

PET began in the 70's as a research tool. The technology advanced from digital coincidence to 3-D images in the 80's. Then in the late 90's, a new detector material was invented called LSO (Lutetium Oxyorthosilicate). 

CTI Molecular Imaging, Inc. is the exclusive licensee of this new technology, which utilizes LSO detectors for improved diagnostic accuracy and image quality. Learn more about the development of this technology at www.ctimi.com. 

In 2000, CTI was the first to market the combination PET/CT scanner. This hybrid marries two technologies, simultaneously showing both anatomical structure and cellular function. Thus, the PET/CT provides the physician and the patient with the most complete and accurate image, as well as the highest quality diagnostics within a single scan.


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