View through PET scanner, showing the test monitor seen by the patientDr. Vijay Dhawan adjusts the patient's headrest, just before the patient slides into the Dr. Vijay Dhawan points to the patient's monitor, where the patient can respond test images while a PET scan is madeA test image is displayed on the patient's monitor, as seen through the Dr. Holtbernd notes the patient's responses to test images presented by Dr. Dhawan, while the patient is in the PET scanner
View through the PET scanner of the Center for Neurosciences at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Dr. Vijay Dhawan adjusts a headrest before sliding a patient into the PET scanner.
Dr. Dhawan presents a test image to the patient while a PET scan is made.
A test image from the patient’s perspective
Dr. Florian Holtbernd (left) notes the patient’s responses to test images presented by Dr. Dhawan.

All PET imaging and PET studies at the Center for Neurosciences, including the PET Imaging Core conducted for projects done by the National Institutes of Health Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease Research at The Feinstein, is directed by Dr. Vijay Dhawan; the radioactive material license for operating the facility is issued to Dr. David Eidelberg, the Program/Laboratory Director. Drs. Eidelberg and Dhawan have worked together for many years, and have extensive experience running NIH-sponsored human studies involving quantitative PET imaging. The PET facility also employs three nuclear-medicine technologists.

Studies are conducted on a GE Advance PET camera, which scans and records the concentration of radioactive trace isotopes with a total of 12,096 bismuth germanate crystal detectors mounted on 18 detector rings. The camera generates 35 simultaneous slices 4.25 mm apart.

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