Since the introduction of the first world-wide clinical PET/CT in March 2001, we have accumulated significant know-how in hybrid imaging, which we make available to those MD’s interested. This occurs through hands-on courses and within the framework of a structured fellowship (mainly Nuclear Physicians and Diagnostic Radiologists).
Fellowship: the competence in PET/CT diagnostic imaging can only be acquired through daily routine and supervision by competent staff. Specific lectures supplement the daily practical work. Our fellowship program is designed to host fellows for at least 4 weeks to obtain the necessary routine and see an adequate number of cases. We take a maximum of 6 fellows per 4 week block and each of the fellows disposes of his own workstation to pace reading of the daily cases according to his own needs. Each day a formal lecture on a relevant subject of hybrid imaging is given. While we use GE equipment, the fellowship is completely generic.
Because of our international reputation we have hosted more than 200 fellows since the inception of the fellowship program in 2007. Fellows, who are using or want to start to use PET/CT, have come from Brazil to Hong Kong and from Johannesburg to Stockholm to Russia. After the training, the fellows return to their place of origin, and our feedback has been overwhelmingly positive regarding their ability to use the acquired knowledge in their clinical setting.
As there is an increasing demand to also understand the clinical application of PET/MR, we slowly build in some discussions of this modality into our fellowship program, but also have conceived a one week hands-on hybrid PET course. It will take place in Zurich for the first time from June 27 to July 1, 2016. It supplements and builds on knowledge of how to read PET/CT. There are lectures in the course mornings and practical sessions on work stations (three participants per work station) in the afternoons.