Who Knew WashU? 4.27.16


What major piece of medical imaging equipment was first built at the School of Medicine?

A) MRI scanner
X-ray machine
CT scanner
PET scanner

PET scanner
A PET scanner is shown. (Image provided by Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology)


D) PET scanner. In the 1970s, a team led by Michel Ter-Pogossian at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology developed the concept of positron emission tomography, or PET, and played a major role in designing and constructing the first PET scanner. A PET scanner creates images of organs and tissues at work.

Congrats to this week’s winner, Terrence Tsou, a student in Arts & Sciences, who will receive an ‘I Knew WashU’ luggage tag!

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