Development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET): A Historical Perspective

  • Birendra Kishore Das


PET imaging was developed more than 30 years ago. It was too expensive and difficult a modality and was used only for research. During the late 1980s and the 1990s, the clinical applications of PET became apparent. PET imaging is now a routine clinical procedure. The number of patients having PET scans is increasing rapidly, and the projections are that the number of patients who will have PET imaging will continue to increase in future (Fig. 2.1).


Positron Emission Tomography Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Intensity Modulate Radiation Therapy Clinical Positron Emission Tomography Health Care Financing Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nuclear MedicineUtkal Institute of Medical SciencesBhubaneswarIndia

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