The Columbia University PET Center provides investigators with the equipment, radiopharmaceuticals, and personnel to design and conduct research studies using positron emission tomography. The PET Center is a cGMP/FDA registered PET drug manufacturer.
- Cell Studies
- Western blots
- Design and radiosynthesis of PET tracers using nucleides [13N], [15O] targets and dual targets for [11C] and [18F]F- isotope productions
- Chemical, manufacturing, and control (CMC) generation
- Pre-clinical data generation including rodent (mice and rats) microPET scans, rodent microCT scans
- Preclinical studies using non-human primate PET/CT scans (client provides primates)
- Metabolism and pharmacokinetic studies
- Biodistribution studies with OLINIDA modeling
- PET/CT and diagnostic CT human research scans
- Validation and regulatory submission of compound for human use
For more information about our imaging equipment, visit our facilities and equipment page.
- Siemens Biograph mCT PET/CT
- Siemens Preclinical Inveon PET/SPECT/CT
- Invion MicroPET scanner
- MILabs VECTor (OI/CT) optical imaging system
Steps for Initiating a Human PET Research Protocol
Step 1: Consult with a PET Center faculty member to discuss your research ideas to determine the potential impact PET imaging will have on your unique research project and the feasibility of collaboration.
Step 2: Draft a research protocol and follow our recommendations to facilitate the protocol review/approval processes.
Step 3: Be sure investigators and research staff complete required HIPAA and MRRC training prior to protocol start date.
Step 4: Request a cost estimate using our online form.
Step 5: Once you have received your cost estimate, submit study to the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) through RASCAL.
Step 6: Once you have received IRB approval you must enter your study into iLab.
Step 7: You will be contacted by the PET Center to schedule a protocol initiation meeting. The process for scheduling scans will be covered in this meeting. Visit our scheduling instructions page for more information about scheduling scans.