Welcome to the King's College London & Guy's and St Thomas' PET Centre

PET Centre Reception

With more than 20 years experience of PET and PET-CT scanning and now also PET-MR, the Centre provides PET services for referred patients at a local and national level and performs clinically related research. We scan over 6000 patients per year, and the enhancements of our newly refurbished centre let us be there for our patients at every step of the experience and make it as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Our PET Centre is a centre of excellence with an international reputation for delivering the best patient care, highest quality academic research, and training. We strive to make a difference for the patients we scan, and via the research we perform.

PET-CT Scanner with patient

Our mission is to perform basic, translational and applied clinical PET research across all specialties including oncology, neurology/psychiatry, and cardiology. We welcome work with external collaborators, including industry. We aim to obtain the best possible quality and reliability for all studies we perform.

The Centre develops exciting PET methodology (e.g. PET-MR), and also performs cutting-edge research into innovative radiochemistry using our in-house cyclotron and our wide range of multidisciplinary expertise.


HRH The Princess Royal visits PET Centre

HRH visits PET Centre

On the 14th December Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal toured the PET Centre as part of her visit to officially open the Wellcome/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Medical Engineering. The new Centre brings together expertise from across the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences, and the Department of Neuroimaging, to create a centre of medical engineering excellence.

For more information about the visit, click here.

Professor Sally Barrington awarded NIHR Professorship

Sally Barrington

We are delighted to announce that Professor Sally Barrington, Professor of PET Imaging here at the PET Centre, has been awarded a Research Professorship by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This award will allow Professor Barrington to undertake full time research over the next five years, with the support of three doctoral and post-doctoral posts. The focus of the research will be on how PET can be used to guide chemotherapy and radiotherapy so that cancer treatments can become more effective and patients experience fewer side-effects.

More information about the award can be found here.

The PERL (Positron Emitting Radiotracer Laboratory)

Hot cell installations

In addition to the existing cyclotron and radiochemistry facility, a new Positron Emitting Radiotracer Laboratory (The PERL) will become operational in 2018 as part of a multi-million pound investment and modernisation of the PET radiochemistry research and production provision at King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital Trust. This state-of the-art facility includes a GE 880 cyclotron, 2 GMP labs, a QC lab and an R&D lab equipped with 24 hot-cells and associated infrastructure with the remit to 1) produce of GMP radiotracers for research and clinical use; 2) discover and develop new radiochemistries and labelling methodologies and 3) implement locally developed novel PET radiotracers.

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