Nuclear Medicine Clinic Launches Most Effective Technique to Diagnose Neuroendocrine Tumors

From October 2019, the most effective molecular imaging diagnostics of neuroendocrine tumours is also available at the UMC Ljubljana. At the Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, a PET/CT scanning, using the gallium-68 (68Ga) labelled somatostatin analogue ([68Ga] Ga-DOTA-TATE), was conducted for the first time in Slovenia.

The examination is intended to determine the presence and prevalence of neuroendocrine tumours and to monitor the efficacy of treatment.

The [68Ga] Ga-DOTA-TATE PET/CT scan has a significantly higher sensitivity than all diagnostic tests used so far, and by now, this demanding examination technique has only been possible in few centres abroad. The examination is based on a technologically advanced process using advanced analytical technology that provides adequate quality of the radiopharmaceutical [68Ga] Ga-DOTA-TATE for clinical use. With the introduction of a PET/CT scanning with [68Ga] Ga-DOTA-TATE, referrals of Slovenian patients abroad are no longer required. Slovenian patients and physicians have now the best examination technique to diagnose neuroendocrine tumours.

Members of the Medial Physiscs resarch group – Petra Kolenc Peitl, Luka Ležaić and Katja Zaletel – participated in the launch of the investigation.

More information can be found on the UMC Ljubljana website

FMF Summer School: Biomedical Optics Workshop

As a part of FMF Summer School 2018, a workshop about spectroscopy and electromagnetic fields was organised by young researchers. The short introductory lecture was followed by experimental part where participants gained knowledge about spectroscopic measurements, spectra of edible dyes and sunscreens.

In the second part the theories were tested on their skin. They learned how the skin spectrum looks like and how it is affected by the content of melanin, irritation and various sunscreens.

Jošt vneto razlaga o spektroskopiji eksperiment sta pripravila Jošt in Luka
We hope that the workshop was interesting for the majority of high school students and that they gained some useful knowledge about the biomedical optics methods.

Role of medical physics in the era of precision medicine; Prof. Robert Jeraj, PhD

We invite you to the 18th Institute colloquium in the academic year 2017/18. The colloquium will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 1 PM in the main Institute lecture hall, Jamova 39, Ljubljana. To read the abstract click Past colloquia are posted on


prof. dr. Robert Jeraj

University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana


Role of medical physics in the era of precision medicine

Medical physics is intimately connected with medicine, and is progressing along a similar path. General trend of medicine, particularly oncology, towards personalized treatment by in-depth profiling of the disease, gave rise to so-called “precision medicine”. However, there are severe obstacles to overcome. For example, cancers evolve in time to become harder targets to treat. Understanding treatment resistance, and its development, often connected with the highly heterogeneous nature of the disease, is another key obstacle. Use of multi-modality imaging techniques such as molecular imaging is one of the solutions that medical physics can offer. Examples from clinical trials utilizing advanced molecular imaging, highlighting intra-tumor and inter-tumor heterogeneity will be presented. New understanding of cancer treatment response dynamics will be outlined. Potential for improved patient treatment designs steaming from these novel insights will be discussed. Role of (medical) physics to contribute to advancement of treatment will be highlighted.

Cordially invited!