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This study measures scanning variability at and between each of sites in the DPUK Imaging network so that any differences can be minimised and to allow standardisation of scanning methods. It is led by Karl Herholz at the University of Manchester.

MR-PET is an exciting new scanning technique in which a magnetic resonance (MR) scan and a positron emission tomography (PET) scan are performed simultaneously.

There are currently seven UK-based MR-PET scanners, located at the Universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cambridge, Manchester, and Imperial, King’s and University Colleges London. This study aims to measure scanning variability at and between each of these sites so any differences can be minimised and to allow standardisation of scanning methods. This will be important for future multicentre studies.

The anonymised imaging data collected will form a reference dataset that can be shared across the DPUK network, and which can be used to evaluate new methods of analysing imaging data.