Practical use and implementation of PET in children in a hospital PET centre

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Children are not just small adults-they differ in their psychology, normal physiology and pathophysiology, and various aspects should be considered when planning a positron emission tomography (PET) scan in a child. PET in children is a growing area, and this article describes the practical use and implementation of PET in children in a hospital PET centre. It is intended to be of use to nuclear medicine departments implementing or starting to implement PET scans in children. Topics covered are: dealing with children, dosimetry, organisation within the department and relations with other departments, preparation of the child (provision of information to the child and parents and the fasting procedure), the imaging procedure (resting, tracer injection, positioning, sedation and bladder emptying) and pitfalls in the interpretation of PET scans in children, including experiences with telemedicine.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1389-97
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

    Research areas

  • Adolescent, Child, Child Care, Child, Preschool, Female, Humans, Infant, Male, Nuclear Medicine Department, Hospital, Patient Care Management, Pediatrics, Practice Patterns, Physicians', Tomography, Emission-Computed, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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