PET Research Centre

The University of Hull is one of very few universities nationwide to have its own dedicated PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Research Centre.

This state-of-the-art facility uses medical imaging technology for research and the early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and dementia.

It supports our wide range of internationally-recognised medical research programmes and links to the clinical imaging centre at Castle Hill Hospital.

Combining CT and PET scans into a single scan, the PET-CT scanner takes pictures from all around the body and uses a computer to put them together.

The patient is injected with a small amount of a radioactive isotope to show where cancerous cells are located in the body.


The radioactive isotope injected into the patient is produced using a cyclotron - a machine that uses powerful electromagnetic fields to cause a nuclear reaction.

The cyclotron also offers the prospect of major scientific advances by giving scientists the chance to develop new radioactive markers to pinpoint disease.

Contact us

Faculty of Health Sciences
  • University of Hull
  • Hull, UK
  • HU6 7RX