Aaron McFarland

Senior Project Engineer - ABT Molecular Imaging, Inc.

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Aaron McFarland is the Senior Project Engineer for the Chemistry R&D group at ABT Molecular Imaging Inc with over 10 years of years experience in the design, development, and production of preclinical and clinical systems for Positron Emission Tomography. Aaron earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering form the University of Tennessee. Prior to joining ABT Molecular in 2009, Aaron started his career as an Electrical Engineer at the start-up Inductive Signature Technologies Inc designing electronics and software in a lean startup environment. In 2002, Aaron joined Concorde Microsystems as a design engineer and later project lead in the R&D team responsible for the development of the MicroPET and Inveon line preclinical PET/SPECT/CT scanners. Following Concorde’s acquisition by Siemens Medical Solutions, Aaron left Siemens in 2007 and served as consultant on first-of-kind preclinical and clinical MR/PET systems, and Inveon-based neutron imaging tomograph at Oak Ridge National Lab. Currently at ABT, Aaron leads development of automated radio-synthesis and and quality control components for ABT’s “Biomarker Generator” line of radiopharmaceutical production systems.

Focus Areas: Automated PET Radio-Tracer Production | Nuclear Pulse Processing | Data Analysis | High-speed Data Acquisition Systems

Skills and Expertise: Medical Imaging | PET | SPECT | CT | Product Development | Process Automation | Project & Product Management

Selected Publications:

A "dose on demand" Biomarker Generator for automated production of [(18)F]F(-) and [(18)F]FDG
V. Awasthia, J. Watson, H. Gali, G. Matlock, A. McFarland, J. Bailey, and A. Anzellotti, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, vol. 89, pp. 167-175, 2014.
Towards the full automation of QC release tests for [18F]fluoride-labeled radiotracers
A.I. Anzellotti, A.R. McFarland, D. Ferguson, and K.F. Olson, Current Organic Chemistry, vol. 17, no. 19, pp. 2153-2158, 2013.
A rapid and simple colorimetric test for 2,2,2-cryptand (Kryptofix 2.2.2.) in solution
A.I. Anzellotti, A.R. McFarland, and K.F. Olson, Analytical Methods, vol. 5, no. 17, pp. 4317-4320, 2013.
Automated production of [18F]F- and [18F]FDG at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC)
V. Awasthi, H. Gali, A. McFarland, and A. Anzellotti, SNMMI 2013 Conference Record, no. 1166, 2013.
Automated Quality Control of [18F]FDG on the Biomarker Generator
A. McFarland, A. Anzellotti, D. Ferguson, M. Kiselev, and A.M. Giamis, WMIC 2011 Conference Record, P597, 2011.
Disposable Cartridge Production of [18F]FDG on the Biomarker Generator
A. McFarland, A. Anzellotti, D. Ferguson, M. Kiselev, J.D. Bailey, and A.M. Giamis, WMIC 2011 Conference Record, P176, 2011.
NEMA NU 2-2007 performance measurements of the Siemens Inveon™ preclinical small animal PET system
B.J. Kemp, C.B. Hruska, A.R. McFarland, M.W. Lenox, and V.J. Lowe, Physics in Medicine and Biology, vol. 54, no. 8, pp. 2359-2376, 2009.
Coincidence Timing Analysis of APD Based PET Detectors
M.W. Lenox, A.R. McFarland, Z. Burbar, and C. Hayden, IEEE NSSMIC 2007 Conference Record, M19-115, 2007.
Continuously Sampled Digital Pulse Processing for Inveon Small Animal PET Scanner
A.R. McFarland, S.B. Siegel, R. Mintzer, D.F. Newport, B.E. Atkins, and M.W. Lenox, IEEE NSSMIC 2007 Conference Record, M26-36, 2007.
A CompactPCI Based Event Routing Subsystem for PET and SPECT Data Acquisition
A.R. McFarland, D.F. Newport, B.E. Atkins, D.R. Pressley, S.B. Siegel, and M.W. Lenox, IEEE NSSMIC 2006 Conference Record, M14-141, 2006.