PET/MRI Metabolic Service Center

 

Overview of Services

The PET/MRI Metabolic Service Center (PMMSC) houses a state of the art simultaneous whole-body PET/MRI scanner and a carbon-13 hyperpolarizer device. We operate as a university service center that is available on a pay-for-use basis to researchers throughout Stanford University as well as to non-Stanford researchers.

 

Equipment:

 

Signa PET/MR (GE Healthcare)

The simultaneous PET/MRI scanner combines the high spatial resolution and fine anatomical soft tissue detail of MRI with the high molecular specificity of PET imaging, in real-time, providing true functional imaging capabilities. More over the Time of Flight (TOF) PET provides improved SNR there by reducing the radiotracer dosage required. 

 

SpinLab Hyperpolarizer (GE Healthcare)

Hyperpolarization process yields >10,000 fold increase in signal of the MR-active nuclei. When used with MRI and/or MRS, hyperpolarized 13C-labeled metabolic tracers allow unprecedented real-time visualization of the biochemical pathways of normal and abnormal metabolism. 

PMMSC is the World's first installation of a SpinLab hyperpolarizer along side a PET/MRI scanner.

 

Safety Training:

Individual researchers are required to undergo an MR safety and radiation safety training given by Lucas center magnet manager and/or PET/MRI research technologist.

 

Leadership Team

DirectorGarry Gold, MD.

 

Co-DirectorAndrei Iagaru, MD.

 

Deputy Director: Praveen K. Gulaka, PhD. (Primary Contact)

 

Location and hours of operation

Hours   Location

Open: 24/7

Staffed: 9am - 6pm     

 1201 Welch Road Lucas Building

 Stanford, CA 94305

Links and Resources

Lucas Center Website
PET-MRI Website

Contacts

Name Role Phone Email Location
Praveen Gulaka, PhD
Deputy Director PET/MRI
 
650.721.1701
 
praveen1@stanford.edu
 
P294- Lucas
 
Daniel Spielman, PhD
Hyperpolarizer
 
(650) 714-1046
 
spielman@stanford.edu
 

 
Dawn Holley, RT(N)(CT)
Research Technologist
 

 
dholley@stanford.edu
 

 
Harsh Gandhi, MS
Research Technologist
 

 
hcgandhi@stanford.edu
 

 
Krithika Rupnarayan
Clinical Research Coordinator
 

 
krupnara@stanford.edu
 

 

 

 

 

 

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