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Why do hospitals have particle accelerators? - Pedro Brugarolas

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Is there a way to detect diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s before they advance too far? Doctors are using injected radioactive drugs that circulate through the body and act as a beacon for PET scanners. These diagnostic tools can detect the spread of diseases before they can be spotted with other types of imaging. So how exactly does this work, and is it safe? Pedro Brugarolas investigates.

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  • Educator Pedro Brugarolas
  • Director Jovan Rakic, Goran Rakic
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Milica Lapcevic
  • Animator Jovan Rakic, Goran Rakic
  • Character Designer Jovan Rakic
  • Editor Goran Rakic
  • Illustrator Jovan Rakic
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
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About the educator: Pedro Brugarolas is currently an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. Dr. Brugarolas is passionate about developing new PET radiopharmaceuticals and teaching people about PET. More info at: http://gordon.mgh.harvard.edu/brugarolas/

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Pedro Brugarolas
  • Director Jovan Rakic, Goran Rakic
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Milica Lapcevic
  • Animator Jovan Rakic, Goran Rakic
  • Character Designer Jovan Rakic
  • Editor Goran Rakic
  • Illustrator Jovan Rakic
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
  • See more