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Clinical PET/MRI: instrumentation, current status and potential applications

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Mr. Robert Miner

PhD Candidate, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton Univeristy

Research Assistant, Ottawa Heart Institute

January 30, 2017 14:30 - 16:00

Mackenzie Building Room 3356, Carleton University




PET/MRI is the new bad boy on the block: he's radioactively hot with a super magnetic personality packing two established modalities. Being new he has plenty to prove with his soft tissue imaging, quantitative capabilities and physiological insight.

All individual imaging modalities have their own strengths and weaknesses: radiography, CT and MRI are excellent at imaging anatomy while PET and SPECT are very good at imaging physiology and molecular response. Many of these modalities are used independently to determine a diagnosis though image fusion allows a synergy in diagnostic information.

PET/MRI is a new clinical imaging system but indications for clinical referrals and how to best utilize these systems have not yet been established. This talk is to address these issues and give an understanding of PET instrumentation, MRI instrumentation and PET/MRI instrumentation, implementations and clinical applications.


Robert is currently in the PhD program at Carleton University. He was a nuclear medicine technologist with experience at the Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Heart Institute, and the Ottawa Cardiovascular Centre. In this role, he has developed Multimodality Imaging and PET/MRI online courses for The Michener Institute.

Robert holds a MSc degrees in both Nuclear Medicine and in Molecular Imaging from Charles Sturt University, a BSc (Medical Radiation Science) degree from the University of Toronto, a Nuclear Medicine diploma from The Michener Institute, a BSc degree from Laurentian University, a Medical Physics post graduate certificate from the University of Florida, an Electronics Engineering Diploma from Algonquin college, and a Computer Analyst/Programmer certificate from Red River College. His area of research focuses on the quantification of 11C-HED in the left atrium for patients suffering from arrhythmias.

Last updated January 17, 2017

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