PET Imaging in Aging Population

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Participants who want to volunteer for research on healthy aging should first join the Healthy Aging Program. Joining this program involves a single visit every 15 months and will enable you to get involved in other related research projects, like this study, if you’re interested.


  • Study director: Joel Kramer, PsyD
  • Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Recruiting?: Yes
  • Official study title: PET imaging & Florbetapir in Aging Population
  • Conditions studied: Healthy aging
  • Purpose: This is a study which aims to identify the relationship between amyloid aggregation in the brain and brain structure and function.


  • Inclusion criteria: Volunteers between the ages 40–100 with minor or no memory problems involved in the Healthy Aging study
  • Exclusion criteria: Abnormal history of radiation exposure, kidney disease, renal failure

What is involved?

  • Testing: Amyloid PET scanned performed at UCSF China Basin. This process involves injection of a radiotracer and a 20-minute PET/CT scan
  • Frequency of visits: 1 visit (2 hours), to be repeated longitudinally if desired
  • Materials needed prior to evaluation: None
  • Costs: No costs will be charged for any of the study procedures. Parking will be validated by China Basin staff.

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