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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.
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