Positron Emission Tomography Centre

Staff Profile

Elizabeth Howell

Associate Lecturer

Background

I'm an NHS Clinical Scientist specialising in Nuclear Medicine Medical Physics, with a sub-speciality interest in PET imaging. For those unfamiliar with the acronym PET is Positron Emission Tomography. PET involves injecting individuals with tracer amounts of anti-matter emitting radioactive medicines (radiopharmaceuticals) and using their emissions to image where they go in order to understand physiological and pathological processes in-vivo.

In my current role I'm lucky enough to be dedicated to supporting the PET-MR centre at Newcastle University. The research here is exploring new possibilities that emerge when PET is combined with simultaneous MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

My specialist knowledge and skills are focussed around using radiopharmaceuticals safely and getting the best out of PET scanning and image analysis equipment, so I work across a wide range of scientific and clinical applications of this technology.


Teaching

I teach on the Scientist Training Programme (STP): MSc Clinical Science, contributing lectures and seminars to the following modules:

  • MSC8001 Introduction to Healthcare Science, Professional Practice and Clinical Leadership
  • MPY8001 Introduction to Medical Physics
  • MPY8009 Imaging with Ionising Radiation 1
  • MPY8010 Imaging with Ionising Radiation 2

In addition to contributing to the academic component of the course I support Medical Physics trainees in the Northern Training Consortium with PET related workplace based competency completion at Newcastle PET Centre.

Trainees in relevant specialities employed by the Northern Training Consortium who would like to consider undertaking the research components of the MSc at the PET-MR centre are welcome to contact me about possible projects.

In addition to my teaching here in Newcastle I was recently invited to contribute to the HSST (Higher Scientific Specialist Training) program with a specialist lecture on PET-MR delivered in collaboration with Ross Maxwell.  

Publications

  • MacAuley M, Shawgi M, Ali T, Curry A, Howe K, Howell E, Jefferson E, James A, Perros P, Petrides GS. Assessment of normal reference values for thyroid uptake of technetium-99m pertechnetate in a single centre UK population. Nuclear Medicine Communications 2018, 39(9), 834-838.
  • Howe K, Curry A, Howell E, Powell T, Petrides G, James A, MacAuley M. Thyroid Uptake – How normal is ‘normal’?. In: British Nuclear Medicine Society 44th Annual Spring Meeting. 2016. In Preparation.
  • Challapalli A, Barwick T, Pearson RA, Merchant S, Mauri F, Howell EC, Sumpter K, Maxwell RJ, Aboagye EO, Sharma R. 3 '-Deoxy-3 '-18F-fluorothymidine positron emission tomography as an early predictor of disease progression in patients with advanced and metastatic pancreatic cancer. European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2015.
  • Vennart NJ, Howell E, Pearson RA, Maxwell RJ. Which is the Optimum Reconstruction for Quantifying Tumour Response in 18F-Fluoro-Thymidine (18F-FLT) images?. In: British Nuclear Medicine Society 42nd Annual Meeting. 2014. In Preparation.
  • Costa F, Salvado D, Howell E, Erlandsson K, Almeida P, Hutton BF. Evaluation of D-SPECT acquisition geometry using a simulator. In: BNMS Spring Meeting 2012. 2012.
  • Howell E, Erlandsson K, Hutton BF. An Analytic Computer Simulator for Modular, Pixelated Semi-conductor based SPECT Imaging Systems. In: EANM Congress. 2011.
  • Erlandsson K, Howell E, Roth N, H BF. Assessing possible use of CZT technology for application to brain SPECT. In: IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. 2011.