Positron emission tomography (PET) is a technique that produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body.
The BC Cancer Agency operates a Functional Cancer Imaging Centre which includes B.C.'s only publicly funded PET/CT scanners. Located at the Agency's Vancouver Centre, the facility began operations on June 28, 2005, and as of January 1, 2015 had performed over 36,000 procedures.
On September 27, 2010, the Vancouver Centre opened its onsite PET Cyclotron/Radiopharmacy facility. While currently producing product for in-house use, this facility will allow the program to eventually manufacture clinical PET radiopharmaceuticals on a provincial scale while also enabling research into new compounds.
And on July 11, 2011, this facility also launched its second clinical PET/CT scanner. This state-of-the-art 64-slice time-of-flight PET/CT scanner at that time doubled clinical scanning capacity within BC's public healthcare system from 3,100 to 6,200 scans annually. More recently in December 2013, the facility further expanded it's scanning capacity through extending hours of operation. The facility now has an annual scanning capacity of over 7,700 scans.
PET/CT scanning is available at this facility for both adult and pediatric patients who fall within the BC Cancer Agency's specific
approved indications and guidelines.
The Functional Cancer Imaging Centre is being developed to:
- Improve cancer diagnosis and treatment planning for patients and health care professionals
- Build research programs for the discovery, development and application of new radiotracers
- Apply new advances in imaging to improve prevention, early diagnosis and management of cancers
- Collaborate in a growing national and international network of functional imaging programs
To be a national leader in the development and implementation of molecular imaging technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
To always provide professional and compassionate patient care, along with appropriate and timely access to high quality Functional Imaging services that will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other diseases in British Columbians.
To continue improving Functional Imaging services for patients in British Columbia by:
- Developing a regulatory-compliant provincial radiotracer production/distribution program.
- Reducing wait times and providing equitable access through regional expansion of clinical PET/CT imaging services.
- Dr. Don Wilson - Medical Director
- Dr. Francois Benard - Scientific Director
- Dr. Kuo-Shyan Lin - Senior Scientist
- Dr. Susan Zhang - Medical Physicist
- Dr. Peter Petric - Radiation Safety Officer
- Colin Alden - Technical Manager
- Kari Frantzen - Quality Assurance Manager
- Hayley Corbett - Administrative Research Manager