Clinical Implementation of Total-Body PET/CT at University of California, Davis

PET Clin. 2021 Jan;16(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cpet.2020.09.006.


This work outlines the clinical implementation of total-body PET/CT from the time of installation at UC Davis EXPLORER Molecular Imaging Center in May 2019 to date (September 2020). This process has not been without challenges: logistical, technical, and medical problems were all encountered and are discussed. The mutual learning/teaching engagement among nuclear medicine technologists, research staff, radiologists, and referring physicians has been the key to the past year's achievements; these include development of ground-breaking clinical protocols for a range of Food and Drug Administration-approved radiotracers, and the attainment of a measure of expertise in clinical total-body PET/CT.

Keywords: Human imaging; Positron emission tomography; Total-body PET.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18
  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Humans
  • Positron Emission Tomography Computed Tomography / methods*
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Universities
  • Whole Body Imaging / methods*


  • Gallium Radioisotopes
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose F18