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Doctors, especially cancer surgeons, were often frustrated in trying to match PET images with CT images to determine the precise location of a tumor in relation to an organ or the spinal column. They had little choice other than to "eyeball" the two separate images and make an educated guess as to the tumor's exact location - until 1992, when engineer Ron Nutt and physicist David Townsend came up with the idea of combining a PET and CT into one machine.

After working on their combined PET and CT concept for three years, Nutt and Townsend received a grant from the National Cancer Institute. This enabled the completion of a prototype machine, which was installed at the University of Pittsburgh medical center in 1998.

The pair designed the machine to be more patient-friendly by making the diameter of the PET/CT tunnel 28 inches, far more spacious than the typical MRI tunnels.

Time Magazine honored PET/CT as the "Medical Science Invention of the Year" in 2000, noting that the PET/CT scanner has "provided medicine with a powerful new diagnostic tool.

2012 - 2013 - Apollo Gleneagles PET-CT Centre