Who we are
Turku PET Centre is a Finnish National Research Institute for the use of short-lived positron emitting isotopes in the field of medical research. The centre was established in the 1970s and received its national status in 1996. Academy of Finland granted Turku PET Centre Centre of Excellence status for cardiovascular research in 2008.
The core functions of Turku PET Centre are based on an agreement between University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University and Turku University Hospital. Currently, the centre employs nearly 200 staff members and investigators of various research fields. The centre consists of an accelerator Laboratory, radiopharmaceutical chemistry laboratory, preclinical imaging laboratory and PET imaging facility. The facilities utilize 4 cyclotrons, 19 hot cells for GMP and non-GMP tracer production, 2 PET/CT scanners, 1 brain PET scanner (HRRT), PET/MRI (3.0T), 1 animal PET/CT scanner and digital ultrasound systems. A new human PET/CT camera and an animal PET/CT camera are under purchase process. All facilities are located in the University campus and next to hospital clinics.
Turku PET Centre has two major functions, high quality scientific research and diagnostic service for the whole country. The scientific research strategy of Turku PET Centre involves five major topics: Cardiovascular and metabolic research, Neurotransmission research, Cancer research, Preclinical imaging and drug research and Radiochemistry research. Collaboration between academia and Pharma industry is active. Studies are carried out by multidisciplinary teams of basic scientists, dedicated physicists and radiochemists, experienced clinical investigators and other professionals. The number of scientific publications exceeds 100 annually.