PET/CT Department

Addenbrooke's services

Box: 220

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hills Road,




Tel: 01223 349 222

Fax: 01223 349 220


The department is open Monday to Friday 8:30 - 17:00.


What is PET/CT?


PET/CT (Positron Emission Tomography and Computerised Tomography)
is a scanning method that allows us to see how organs are working. PET-CT helps us identify organs or tissues that are not working normally.


The body is imaged following the injection of a radioactive tracer (most commonly 18-FDG a form of slightly radioactive sugar). This provides important information about many conditions affecting different organs and these images allow your doctor to plan your treatment more accurately.



Patient information on PET scans in cancer video


What is a PET scan? What does it feel like to have one? What happens on
the day? How are PET scans used in trials?


The online video produced by the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) PET Research Network now helps to answer these questions.



The film is designed for patients and the public, and was developed based on
questions and contributions from them. It explains the science behind positron
emission tomography (PET) imaging, follows an actor through the steps involved in having a PET scan, and includes reflections from a cancer patient.



Finding the department


There are two PET/CT scanners in Addenbrooke’s Hospital:



PET/CT unit


The PET/CT unit is located within Addenbrooke’s Hospital, close to Oncology and Radiology departments.



Mobile PET/CT scanner


The mobile PET/CT scanner is only available only on Mondays. 


The mobile PET/CT scanner is located close to the Addenbrooke's Treatment Centre (ATC). The car park closest to the mobile PET/CT is the Treatment Centre car park (opposite the Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre). 


Drop off parking is available directly outside the Treatment Centre. 


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If there is any query, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01223-349222.  We will be able to direct you to the correct site.





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