Department of nuclear medicine with PET-centre

The Department of Nuclear Medicine with PET-centre is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a wide range of diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures to several specialities including cardiology, oncology, neurology and diagnostics of inflammatory processes.

Nuclear Medicine examinations allow functional imaging using radioactive tracers which distribution is captured by special dedicated camera or scanner in order to visualize biochemical processes in the body (such as tissue viability and perfusion, inflammation, neoplasms etc.) and combine these technologies with cross-sectional methods such as CT for precise anatomical localization – so called hybrid imaging.

Our department played a key role in pioneering and implementing hybrid imaging methods in Russia. Bakoulev PET-centre was founded in 2001 and was the first one in Moscow. It is equipped with state of the art facilities including a 64-slice PET/CT scanner Bioghraph-64 (Siemens), PET scanner ECAT-EXACT-47 (Siemens) and 2 gamma cameras with tomographic facilities including a SPECT/CT camera (Philips).

The PET/CT centre is equipped with its own Cyclotron Radiochemistry Unit, which allows to produce various positron-emitting radionuclides and synthesize various radiopharmaceuticals (radio-labeled molecules) on a daily basis due to their short half-lives, such as F-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG), 13N-Ammonia, 11C-Choline, 11C-Methionine, 18F-NaF and 18F-FLT.

Having such a wide range of produced radiotracers (currently six) our service at A.N. Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery provides a comprehensive Nuclear Medicine service, carrying out over 3000 routine and research examinations per year in cardiology, oncology, neurology and diagnostics of inflammation.

At the moment Bakoulev PET-centre belongs to the leading Nuclear Medicine centers in Russia.

The following Nuclear Medicine examinations may be carried out in A.N. Bakoulev Scientific Center for Cardiovascular Surgery:

in the Department of Nuclear Medicine in PET-centre
  • PECT/CT Myocardial Perfusion
  • SPECT/CT Lung perfusion
  • SPECT/CT Bone Scan
  • Renal scintigraphy
  • PET/CT Myocardial Perfusion Rest and Stress (13N-Ammonia)
  • PET/CT Myocardial Viability (18F-FDG)
  • Cardiac PET/CT combined with coronary CT angiography (13N-Ammonia)
  • Whole body 18F-FDG PET/CT
  • Whole body 11C-Choline PET/CT
  • Whole body 11C-Methionine PET/CT
  • Brain 11C-Methionine PET/CT
  • Bone Scan 18F-NaF PET/CT

Nuclear Medicine Team of the Department of Nuclear Medicine

The Department of Nuclear Medicine with PET-centre is staffed by a large team of specialists in nuclear medicine: medical physicists, radiochemists, technical engineers, nurses, x-ray lab technicians and physicians. Currently 26 permanent employees work in the department of nuclear diagnostics.

Iraklyi Aslanidi P., Prof., M.D. – Head of the Department
Tatyana Trifonova A., Ph.D. – Deputy Head of the Department
Olga Mukhortova V., M.D. – Senior Researcher, Radiology Physician
Irina Shurupova V., M.D. – Senior Researcher, Radiology Physician
Veronica Manukova A. – Researcher, Radiology Physician
Diana Tuzanova M., Ph.D. – Researcher, Radiology Physician
Marina Kacheishvili Yu., Ph.D. – Radiology Physician
Margarita Shavman G. – Resident
Anna Chernova A. – Resident
Evgenyi Derevyanko P., Ph.D. in Chemistry – Head of Cyclotron Radiochemistry Unit
Irina Ekaeva V., Ph.D. in Chemistry – Senior Researcher
Tatyana Katunina A. – Researcher

All Nuclear Medicine physicians are board-certified in nuclear medicine and in either diagnostic radiology, internal medicine, cardiology, oncology, and are leaders in their field with extensive publications in nuclear medicine imaging in cardiology, oncology and diagnostics of inflammation. Numerous research programs are ongoing in the Department, as well as collaboration with other Divisions and Research Centers.

Further information is available in Russian.