PET Scans Ontario
PET Steering Committee

A provincial PET Steering Committee reviews scientific evidence and makes recommendations to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on the appropriate use of PET as a diagnostic or treatment assessment tool for patients.

How We Review Indications

Regular review identifies and evaluates emerging indications – clinical situations where PET may impact patient care – ensuring we continue to meet the needs of Ontario patients. The PET Steering Committee is asked to make recommendations on the appropriate use of PET by reviewing evidence in the scientific literature and, where relevant, outcome data developed through evidence-building programs such as the PET Registry.

The review process, from initial proposal of an indication to recommendation by the Committee, includes a number of steps. Indications where evidence is being built in the Ontario setting, e.g., through the PET Registry, are also regularly evaluated.

We consider scientific evidence

The evidence from scientific literature will be considered based on the potential impact of PET on patient management. Results from methodologically rigorous large studies will be considered stronger evidence than results from less rigorous and/or smaller studies. Special consideration may be given for indications with weak but compelling evidence (e.g., retrospective studies or smaller cohort trials with demonstration of significant impact on patient care).

Evidence of sensitivity, specificity or accuracy alone – without evidence of impact on patient management – is not sufficient to recommend an indication.

We prioritize based on impact

If the Committee must decide which indications to review in which order, priority will be given to indications that impact larger patient populations and/or with greater potential impact on patient care. Consideration will also be given to the date of submission of the request.

Members, PET Steering Committee

The PET Steering Committee is made up of representatives from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Cancer Care Ontario, clinical oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and other experts in PET technology and related areas.

Dr. Ur Metser, Chair
Professor, University of Toronto, Mount Sinai Hospital and University Health Network

Dr. Rob Beanlands
Director, Cardiac PET Centre, Division of Cardiology, University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Dr. Robert de Kemp
Head Imaging Physicist – Cardiology, University of Ottawa Heart Institute at the Ottawa Civic Hospital Director, Animal PET Research Imaging Laboratory (APRIL), University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Medicine and Engineering (cross-appointment)

Dr. Julian Dobranowski
Provincial Head, Cancer Imaging Program, Cancer Care Ontario 

Dr. Marc Freeman
Program Director, Nuclear Medicine, and Lecturer, Department of Medical imaging, University of Toronto
Division Head, Nuclear Medicine, Joint Department of Medical Imaging
Staff Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician, UHN, Mount Sinai and Women’s College hospitals

Dr. Mark Greenberg
Medical Director and Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario Chair in Childhood Cancer Control

Doug Hussey
PET/CT Technical Specialist, University Health Network​​

Dr. Nicole Mittmann
Chief Research Officer, Cancer Care Ontario
Adjunct Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute​

Garth Oakes, PhD
Director, Privacy Research and Development, Cardiac Care Network

Dr. Amit Singnurkar
Nuclear Medicine Physician, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Assistant Professor, Radiology and Medicine, McMaster University

Dr. Anand Swaminath
Radiation Oncologist, Juravinski Cancer Centre
Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Yee Chung Ung
Radiation Oncologist, Odette Cancer Centre
Consultant Oncologist, Toronto East General Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Meeting schedule

January to December 2018*
Thursday, January 18, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Thursday, July 19, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
1:30 - 3:30pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Thursday, November 15, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

*Schedule subject to change.

Meeting Minutes

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