IEEE awards PET/CT inventors

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IEEE, a profession association that focuses on the advancement of technology, has granted physicist David W. Townsend, PhD, and electrical engineer Ronald Nutt, PhD, its first IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology Recipients for the “design, commercial development and clinical implementation of hybrid PET/CT scanners.”

Nutt and Townsend conceived and developed the technology while working at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Townsend is currently a professor at the molecular imaging and translational research program (MITR) at the University of Tennessee Medicine Center in Knoxville, Tenn. The MITR program, previously known as the cancer imaging and tracer development research program (CITDRP), was established at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in February 2003 under the direction of Townsend. The establishment of the CITDRP at the University of Tennessee was the inspiration of Nutt, formerly president and CEO of CTI Molecular Imaging in Knoxville, Tenn. Nutt is currently chairman and CEO of Advanced Biomarker Technologies in Louisville, Tenn.