PET Scans Ontario

Physicians : Check this page for notification of changes to the PET request processes, and for other announcements.

New Paediatric Registry: May 1, 2014

PET Scans Ontario and the Paediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) are pleased to announce the launch of a *Paediatric PET Registry for the following cancer types (ICCC):

*Patients must be <18 years of age


  • Osteosarcoma
  • Ewings Sarcoma Connective/Other Soft Tissue
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Other


  • Renal Tumour Reproductive
  • Germ Cell Tumour


  • Hepatic Tumour Sympathetic Nervous System
  • Neuroblastoma MIBG negative


  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Other
  • LCH
  • Melanoma of the skin
  • Thyroid

Primary Brain

  • Astrocytoma
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Ependymoma
  • Other  

The Paediatric Registry covers the following indications for the cancer types listed above:

  • Initial Staging
  • Monitoring response during treatment/determine response-based therapy
  • Rule out progression prior to further therapy
  • Suspected recurrence/relapse
  • Rule out persistent disease
  • Select optimal biopsy site

 For detailed information on this registry and how to refer your patient, please visit the PET Registry page.

Three New Insured Indications: October 1, 2013

PET Scans Ontario is pleased to announce that three new indications have been added to the schedule of benefits as OHIP insured indications, effective October 1st, 2013:

  • PET for the evaluation of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in neck nodes when the primary disease site is unknown after standard radiologic and clinical investigation;
  • PET for the staging of nasopharyngeal cancer;
  • PET prior to surgery for liver metastases from colorectal cancer when the procedure is high risk (e.g., multiple staged liver resection or vascular reconstruction), or where the patient is at high risk for surgery (e.g., American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) score ≥ 4).

For detailed information on insured PET services, including how to refer your patient, please visit the Insured PET Services page .

New Lymphoma Staging Registries Available: May 15, 2013

Two new registries to assess the utility of PET/CT for staging of limited stage Hodgkin’s, non-Hodgkin’s, nodal follicular or other indolent non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.

For detailed information on these registries and how to refer your patient, please visit the PET Registry page

Ontario Clinical Oncology Group PET Abstracts: October 1, 2011

Abstracts and information regarding the Ontario Clinical Oncology Group PET clinical trials.

Requests for Insured PET Services Now Available Online via the eTool

Oncology indications that are insured by OHIP can now be requested online. Online requests will directly and immediately be received by your PET Centre of choice, which can then schedule a PET scan for your patient.

To refer a request online, you must register or log in .

PET Scans Ontario Annual Report 

A report on the status of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) evaluation activities in Ontario

OCOG Trials Accrual Recently Completed

  • PET REC for the diagnosis of recurrent cancer

This OCOG Trial (PET REC – PET/CT for the Diagnosis of Recurrent Cancer: A Feasibility Study) has recently completed accrual, therefore is no longer accepting trial participants.

Until the results are reviewed and a formal decision regarding future public funding of PET scans for this indication is made, please note that requests for this indication will be accepted through the PET Access Program .

For detailed information on inclusion/exclusion criteria visit the Ontario Clinical Oncology Group at , and click on the “Follow Up” link.