Carolinas HealthCare System

PET Imaging ( Positron Emission Tomography)

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Radiology Service operates two Positron Emission Tomography (PET) / Computed Tomography (CT) scanners on the CMC campus. Both of these devices are accessible for research activities. The CMC campus is the only Mecklenburg County location providing PET with units located in CMC and Morehead Imaging Center

Scanners are available in both hospital and outpatient settings. Carolinas Medical Center was one of the most progressive facilities in the United States with its pursuit of PET and was the first to provide the technology in our region in the early 1990s.Along with a distribution radiopharmacy, CMC operates its own radiochemistry lab and cyclotron facility. Scanners are located at CMC and the nearby Morehead Imaging Center with concierge level service. Both units are combination PET/CT scanners which are now considered the standard for PET imaging.

The PET department boasts a significant amount of technological experience and progressiveness with its early adoption of the technology. Carolinas Medical Center provides anesthesia supported PET/CT procedures if needed, and its PET program has supported a significant number of clinical research protocols. Animal and cadaver studies can be provided with advance notice and planning through radiology management. Carolinas Medical Center-Charlotte facilities maintain an outstanding, experienced staff of PET/CT technologists.

Charlotte Radiology maintains board-certified, fellowship trained experts in Nuclear Medicine and PET.

Initiating a Research Protocol Requiring PET

Research Coordinators (RCs) or Principal Investigators should contact Radiology Administration to obtain budgetary pricing for the service. Budget information for both CMC and Charlotte Radiology can be facilitated through the CMC Radiology Administration office. This office will also direct the RC to the appropriate technical resource within radiology to discuss the specifics of the protocol requirements. A specific radiologist, if needed, will also be notified at that time.


Michael Kelley, MD, Chair, CMC Radiology
Jeff Aho, Director, CMC Radiology
Michael Johnston, Nuclear Medicine/PET System Supervisor
Keri Murr, Special Projects Coordinator (Administration Research Support)

PET Operational Hours

CMC operates two PET/CT scanners 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact Information

Radiology Administration: 704-355-3082 / 704-355-5238 (Fax)
CMC MRI Direct: 704-355-4196
Radiology Information: 704-355-2270
To reach a radiologist: 704-355-2270




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