Dr. Pete Tonseth

Radiologist/Nuclear Medicine Physician, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre

Blog Posts by Dr. Pete Tonseth

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PET/CT Brings Hope for Future

To wrap up my blog, I’d like to highlight two exciting ways that the use of PET imaging is evolving: Medical isotopes are being investigated in Vancouver and at sites around the world to provide more specific options for imaging and treating cancer; and Theranostics—the integration of diagnostics and therapeutics in the individualized management of disease—holds promise for a more personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment for many types of cancer. In certain neuroendocrine tumours, we are now able to use gallium (NETRACER) to image the disease and lutetium to treat it. Similarly,...

Donors Transforming Cancer Treatment and Care

BC Cancer Foundation donors play an instrumental role in advancing cancer care in British Columbia. Their fundraising efforts ensure that the Agency is able to pursue projects that are essential for increasing knowledge and provide the very best treatment options for patients all across the province. One excellent example is the Functional Imaging cyclotron and research facility at the Vancouver Centre which supplies the PET/CT program with radiopharmaceuticals for both clinical and research studies. Without the support of donors, this world-class facility would not exist and many of the...

Interpreting PET/CT Images to Offer the Best Cancer Treatment

Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, or PET/CT, is an imaging method that uses a sophisticated machine to generate images of patients following the injection of very small amounts of a medical isotope. As a Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician in the Functional Imaging Department at BC Cancer, my primary role is to interpret the PET/CT images obtained on one of the two scanners at the Vancouver Centre and then generate a report for the referring physician. In addition to looking at the images produced on the day, I review all the relevant previous imaging as well as...

Dr. Pete Tonseth: A Passion for Radiology

Hello, my name is Dr. Pete Tonseth and I’m very pleased to be sharing a bit about myself on the BC Cancer Foundation blog this month! I was born in Norway and moved often in my early years, living in Denmark, California and Washington before starting school in a small town in Norway. My family and I then moved to Ontario for a year before moving to Sidney in 1970, where we settled and I completed my elementary and secondary education. I was fortunate to have great teachers who were enthusiastic about what they taught. I think I was drawn to science since my father was a fiberglass engineer,...