PET Imaging in an Aging Population

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)
  • Official Study Title: PET imaging & Florbetapir in Aging Population
  • Conditions Studied: Healthy aging

Purpose of the Study

This is a study which aims to identify the relationship between amyloid aggregation in the brain and brain structure and function.

Study Details

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 to Expect

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.

Contact Information

If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, please contact the study coordinator, ​​Michelle You, at [email protected] or 415.476.1820.