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Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre

The Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre (PETIC) has a cyclotron-based production facility which provides radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic and research using both clinical and pre-clinical PET/CT scanners.

The first of its kind in Wales, the Centre focuses on cutting-edge research and teaching in positron emission tomography (PET) for higher education across Wales and the UK. It also delivers a local clinical service for NHS Wales patients.

They provide research opportunities across the Schools of Medicine, Bioscience, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Psychology and Optometry, in addition to All Wales Research Networks and GW4.

The provision of the pre-clinical PET facility will be particularly attractive to the pharmaceutical industry. They also offer a clinical scanning facility which is able to provide scans with FDG (oncology, neurology), F Choline (prostate cancer), NaF (bone scan), Florbetapir (amyloid plaque in Alzheimer’s) and F DOPA (dopamine system and Parkinson’s Disease).

The Centre has plans to develop a neurological research focus and introduce scanning of GABA receptors, Glutamate receptors, microglial activation and Tau protein. In addition, they offer novel radioisotopes such as Zirconium 89 and Yttrium 86 with which they are able to label and image monoclonal antibodies.

Find out more about the Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre.


Name Make/Model Details
Cyclotron Cyclone 18/9 Used to produce a range of radioisotopes including, but not limited to, 18F, 13N, 15O, 11C, 89Zr
Hot Cells Gravatom Hot Cells Used to house radiochemistry systems for the production of radiopharmaceuticals
PETCT Clinical Scanner GE 690 PET CT TOF Scanner used to image patients who have received radiopharmaceuticals
Pre Clinical PET Scanner Mediso Nanoscan PET/CT Used to image pre-clinical subjects using either PET or CT
Quality Control Lab Various Used to test a range of chemicals using HPLC with UV, ECD and Radiation detectors, Mass Spectr
Radiochemistry Systems Eckert and Ziegler, Synthera, TRASIS AIO, FastLab 2 Used to produce a range of radiopharmaceuticals
Radionuclide Delivery System Booth Welsh System Used to transport radioactive material around the PETIC facility

Get in touch

Professor Chris Marshall

+44 (0)29 2074 8164


  • Main Hospital Building
    University Hospital of Wales
    Heath Park
    CF14 4XN