Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging technique that relies on the injection of a molecule that has been specifically designed so that it binds to a targeted receptor, transporter, enzyme or protein in the body, i.e. a radiotracer. PET can be coupled with Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging to provide anatomical landmarks and better describe regional distribution of the PET radiotracer in vivo.

PET is a powerful tool used to improve the understanding of how human diseases develop and progress, to discover new treatments for disease and ultimately to make a real impact on people’s health. A PET image is the perfect union of the wonders of physics (radioactive decay and positron annihilation), chemistry (uniquely tailored compounds), biology (multidimensional complex processes happening in real time) and mathematics (multiparametric kinetic data). It is a technique full of wonder and able to unlock the wonders of human physiology and pathophysiology.

PET is Wonderful (PiW) is also the name of an ever-expanding team of committed researchers led by Dr Adriana Tavares, and a series of international meetings designed to bring together the wider PET imaging community.

This DataShare Collection contains previously published data from the Tavares group, including raw PET and CT datasets, so that everyone can explore, expand and enjoy the wonders of PET science.


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