PET enthusiasts reunited at Turku PET Symposium!

PET enthusiasts reunited at Turku PET Symposium!

Traditional Turku PET Symposium ( , #TurkuPET2022) brought more than 200 PET enthusiasts to Turku, Finland, in the beginning of June 2022 to share the latest advancements in all the fields of PET research and to enjoy Finnish summer in great company. The first Turku PET Symposium was organised in 1977 so this meeting already has a tradition of over 40 years.

Happy reunion at Turku PET Symposium! (Photo by Vesa Oikonen)

The scientific program of the symposium covered the whole field from cyclotrons and radiochemistry to preclinical and clinical applications of PET together with multimodality imaging. Attendees got to listen to insightful plenary lectures given by international leaders of each field, and discuss over free papers and posters with wide range of experts.

Exchanging ideas over posters. (Photo by Vesa Oikonen)

Future prospects of PET were also thoroughly discussed during the days. Professor Terry Jones, one of the great pioneers of PET, gave a fascinating talk about the future of PET instrumentation. As a fun fact, he presented his work already in the first Turku PET Symposium in 1977!

Prof. Terry Jones talking about new total-body PET designs at Turku PET Symposium. (Photo by Juhani Knuuti, Twitter)

In addition to scientific program, the social program was a success also this time. Attendees got to meet old friends and make new ones in the legendary Turku PET Symposium Sauna Party and enjoy the congress banquet dinner at beautiful Naantali Well Room (Naantalin Kaivohuone). The fantastic house band of Turku PET Centre, Pets&Boys, played the first time since the pandemic and filled the dance floor after the dinner! What a night to remember!

Pets&Boys rocking at Turku PET Symposium Banquet! (Photo by Tiina Saanijoki)
Symposium photo booth was a lot of fun! (Photo by Lauri Nummenmaa, Twitter)

We also had many interesting discussions at the Euro-BioImaging booth. Looking forward to the next Turku PET Symposium in 2025!

FiBI ladies Mirkka Sarparanta and Tiina Saanijoki having a blast at Euro-BioImaging booth! (Photo by Susanne Vainio, Twitter)