We operate one of the most advanced PET imaging facilities in the UK.
Wales Research and Diagnostic PET Imaging Centre (PETIC) was a result of a £16.5M investment by the Welsh Government.
Funding was provided by both the Department of Health to provide a routine clinical service for Welsh patients, and the Department of Business, Enterprise, Transport and Science to provide support for the burgeoning life science industry in Wales.
We commenced a routine imaging service for the Welsh NHS in September 2010 and produced our first good manufacturing practice (GMP) standard radiopharmaceutical in September 2011. Since then, we have significantly increased our workload and our imaging capabilities while continuing to maintain a high quality service. As a result of this, we secured ISO 9001:2008 accreditation in 2015.
The original business case estimated an annual demand of 1,000 scans per annum. We scanned our first patient in September 2010 and since then have seen a year-on-year increase of around 15% per annum in the number of scans performed. Today we scan more than 2,000 patients a year.
We expect this to continue at the same rate as the approved clinical indications are extended and the utilisation of PET imaging in Wales increases.
Our core aims
We are working to:
- establish a research centre of excellence in PET imaging that will attract major research funding and associated benefits into Wales and meet the aims of the Directorate for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science (BETS) Science for Wales strategic agenda
- develop a clinical service, primarily for patients in the NHS in Wales, that leads to improved diagnosis and treatment planning and that underpins high quality healthcare
- become an integral part of the knowledge-based economy, attracting and working closely with the major healthcare industry to meet the economic objectives of BETS.
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This technique, powered by nuclear medicine, produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body.