National Cardiac PET Centre Celebrates 20 Years of Innovation

Shoehorned into a small room, the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute made possible a dedicated PET imaging service for heart patients one day a week. That was in 1995, and cardiologist Rob Beanlands, MD, physicist Rob deKemp, PhD, and nuclear medicine technologist May Aung were excited to launch the PET imaging research program. Now, 20 years later, 15 to 20 patients access the National Cardiac PET Centre’s expertise and state-of-the-art technology every day, and its list of achievements includes advances in patient care, development of commercial products and services, and influence on health policy.


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