The Area’s Most Renowned Imaging Center

NCPIC TIMELINE 26 x 30Northern California PET Imaging Center (NCPIC) was established in 1992 as a not-for-profit community benefit organization. The organization was the first freestanding outpatient PET center in the nation, with the first whole-body PET scanner, and was designed to provide the local community with the most advanced molecular imaging technologies available.

NCPIC has established itself among the most prestigious imaging centers in the nation, with an impressive medical staff made up of physicians specially trained and solely focused on PET and CT molecular imaging. In addition to growing its reputation, NCPIC has also enhanced its service offerings to include an array of the latest molecular scan technologies to assist in the detection and diagnosis of several illnesses including cancer.

NCPIC continues to be the innovative leader in molecular imaging by establishing the regions first private radiochemistry lab, Optimal Tracers, dedicated to clinical research.

What is a PET/CT Scan?

PET (Positron Emission Tomography) imaging pinpoints metabolic activity in cells of the human body.

Metabolic changes in disease often occur before structural changes that can be seen on CT.

PET/CT fuses these two images together allowing the physician to view the metabolic changes in the proper anatomical context of the body.

PET/CT imaging is most commonly used to assist with the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer, cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Understanding the PET/CT Scan Process

What is it like to have a scan at our Midtown location?

What is it like to have a scan on our Mobile Coach?

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 "Optimal Tracers is a division of Northern California PET Imaging Center.  We are a radiochemistry service that provides clinical and pre-clinical radiotracers to the exact specifications of our customers in both academic and commerical settings."