Yale Positron Emission Tomography

In 2004, Yale University broke ground for a new, state-of-the-art Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Research Center dedicated to providing the highest quality of nuclear imaging research. Located on Howard Avenue in New Haven, with close proximity to other Yale School of Medicine departments, this impressive 22,000 sq. ft. facility has been established to advance the interests of Yale clinicians, scientists, and students in molecular imaging research.

The PET Center is comprised of a technologically advanced radiochemistry laboratory engaged in the development and use of a rich set of  PET radiopharmaceuticals labeled with the most common PET isotopes (11C, 15O, 13N, and 18F); and an imaging and data analysis section that oversees scanning procedures and optimizes data acquisition and analysis. The PET center has grown over time to include approximately 55 clinician scientists, basic scientists, technicians, and students.

PET is a non-invasive diagnostic scanning technique that provides researchers and clinicians with quantitative visual images of organ function. PET scans can detect biochemical changes in body tissues before structural changes occur from disease. This information allows clinicians to be proactive in their treatments and enables researchers to develop early biomarkers of disease that can aid diagnosis and advance drug development.

The Yale University PET Center collaborates with other School of Medicine departments to provide educational opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. Collaborations with industry partners serve to advance the use of molecular imaging in new medication discovery and the development of new PET radiopharmaceuticals. Current research interests focus on disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), oncology,  cardiology, and diabetes.

News & Events

Morris and Cosgrove smoking research featured in RSNA News!   more...

Christine Sandiego, PhD, awarded 2015 SNMMI Best Abstract in U.S.A.  more...

Sandiego and Wang receive BrainPET 2015 travel awards more...

Evan Morris, PhD wins Fulbright Scholar award for research and teaching in Israel more...

NIDA features Cosgrove/Morris smoking study and brain differences between the sexes more...

PET research featured at SNMMI 2014 more...

Ming-Kai Chen MD, PhD recipient of 2013-2014 Molecular Imaging Research Grant  more...

NIH funds PET/Industry Collaborations  more...

Cosgrove research on smoking featured in NIDA news  more...

Evan Morris, PhD, honored with 2013 Graduate Mentor Award   see photo  more...

Congrats to 4 New PET PhD’s!    see photo   more…

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YCCI Fall 2012 newsletter features Yale PET Center more...

Jenna Sullivan, PhD, defends PET Thesis more...

Chi Liu, PhD recipient of 2012 Young Investigator Medical Imaging Science Award    more...

PET collaborations with Pharma aid in CNS drug development     more...

Diabetes study demonstrates PET can aid in measuring insulin production   more...

Chi Liu, PhD named as YCCI Scholar    more...

Second preclinical PET scanner arrives in Yale PET Center    more...

New PET/CT scanner for Yale PET Center installed    more...

PET Center staff win awards at  2011 conferences Meeting  more...