PET Imaging of Human Subjects, and Large and Small Animals at MGH



The PET Core provides a full range of technical and professional services that include:
  • Synthesis of radiotracers and radiopharmaceuticals
  • PET and SPECT animal and human imaging
  • Experimental design and pharmacokinetic modeling
  • Validation and regulatory submission of compound for human use
The Core has synthesized over 20 compounds for clinical evaluation and routine use for neurology, cardiology and oncology. In addition, it has pioneered the use of 18F Tau imaging agents for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injuries.

List of Radiopharmaceuticals Available for Human and Animal Use


User Fees (effective 10/01/2016):

Service Internal Fee Partners - Standard Internal Fee Partners- Industry External Fee - Academic External Fee - Industry
11C Compounds - no QC non-human  $            1,983  $         2,974  $     2,855.52  Please contact PET Core for rates 
11C Compounds - QC human  $            3,065  $         4,597  $     4,413.60  Please contact PET Core for rates
13N2 Lung Study - no QC non-human  $            1,451  $         2,176  $     2,089.44  Please contact PET Core for rates 
13N2 Lung Study - QC human  $            2,532  $         3,798  $     3,646.08  Please contact PET Core for rates
13N2/13NH3 Saline/Aerosol  $            3,708  $         5,562  $     5,339.52  Please contact PET Core for rates 
13NH3 Cardiac Blood Flow  $            3,904  $         5,856  $     5,621.76  Please contact PET Core for rates
15O Water Brain Blood Flow  $            2,716  $         4,074  $     3,911.04  Please contact PET Core for rates 
18F Compounds - no QC non-human  $            2,008  $         3,012  $     2,891.52  Please contact PET Core for rates
18F Compounds - QC human  $            3,090  $         4,635  $     4,449.60  Please contact PET Core for rates 
18F dose human  $            1,854  $         2,781  $     2,669.76  Please contact PET Core for rates
18F dose non-human  $               978  $         1,467  $     1,408.32  Please contact PET Core for rates 
18F FDG - no QC non-human  $            1,054  $         1,581  $     1,517.76  Please contact PET Core for rates
18F FDG - QC human  $            2,136  $         3,204  $     3,075.84  Please contact PET Core for rates 
18F Imaging only  $            2,008  $         3,012  $     2,891.52  Please contact PET Core for rates
Consent charge  $               100  $            150  $              144  Please contact PET Core for rates 
CT angiography  $            1,606  $         2,409  $     2,312.64  Please contact PET Core for rates
Cyclotron beam time (per hour)  $               721  $         1,081  $     1,038.24  Please contact PET Core for rates 
IRB renewal  $            3,574  $         5,361  $     5,146.56  Please contact PET Core for rates
Micro PET imaging only (up-to-2 hrs)  $               350  $            525  $              504  Please contact PET Core for rates 
Micro PET including radiotracer (up-to-2 hrs)  $               824  $         1,236  $     1,186.56  Please contact PET Core for rates
MicroPET additional hour  $               103  $            154  $        148.32  Please contact PET Core for rates 
Phantom Imaging  $            1,550  $         2,325  $           2,232  Please contact PET Core for rates
Radionuclidic Purity Testing  $               384  $            576  $        552.96  Please contact PET Core for rates 
Regulatory Submission  $          10,570  $       15,855  $   15,220.80  Please contact PET Core for rates
SPECT  $            2,060  $         3,090  $     2,966.40  Please contact PET Core for rates 
SPECT-CT  $            2,150  $         3,225  $           3,096  Please contact PET Core for rates
Start-up fee  $            7,416  $       11,124  $   10,679.04  Please contact PET Core for rates 
Technician training / Site qualification (per hour)  $               309  $            463  $        444.96  Please contact PET Core for rates
Validation of radiotracer for animal use  $          15,450  $       23,175  $         22,248  Please contact PET Core for rates 
Validation of radiotracer for human use  $          22,660  $       33,990  $         32,630  Please contact PET Core for rates

The services of the PET Laboratory are available to all users within the Partners system and to outside users as well. Research services are accessed through contact with the professional staff leading to formalization of a research plan and subsequent review by the Scientific Management Committee. Clinical services are accessed by direct arrangement with the medical staff of the radiology department.


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Contact Us


Director, PET Core: Georges El Fakhri, Ph.D.
Phone: (617) 726-9640
Fax: (617) 726-6165
Email: elfakhri@pet.mgh.harvard.edu

Manager, PET Production Chemistry: Daniel Yokell, Pharm.D.
Phone: (617) 643-7541
Fax: (617) 726-5123
Email: dyokell@partners.org


We always commit our best efforts to successfully complete scheduled studies. However, given the very nature of many PET studies that rely on manufacturing of the radiopharmaceutical and in vivo imaging, we cannot cover costs associated with uncompleted studies due to equipment failure or circumstances outside of our control.