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To foster openness, replicability, and efficiency, tacmagic facilitates loading and analysis of positron emission tomography data in R.

As a tacmagic is a new package, we strongly recommend checking all work against existing analyses to confirm the results are as expected, and welcome any feedback.


The stable version of the package can be installed from CRAN, and the more recent development version can be installed with the devtools package.

Use the following R commands to download the version you would like: for the CRAN release, install.packages("tacmagic"), for the github release version that may not yet be available on CRAN, devtools::install_github("ropensci/tacmagic"), and for the very latest in-development version that is more likely to have bugs or errors and thus is not suitable for production use, use devtools::install_github("ropensci/tacmagic", ref="devel").


The features of tacmagic are demonstrated in the package’s walkthrough vignette, which is highly recommended for first-time uses.

Data loading and weighted-averages

Time-activity curve (TAC) and/or region of interest (ROI) volume data can be loaded from various file formats including PMOD .tac and .voistat files, a .mat file from the magia pipeline, and Turku PET Centre’s .DFT format.

There is support for converting the radioactivity units in TAC data.

This package is not affiliated with any of the above pipelines.

Time-activity curve plotting

Basic plotting of one or more TAC from one or more participants is available.

Binding potential models

Non-invasive models are implemented including the standardized uptake volume (SUV), SUV ratio (SUVR), and the non-invasive Logan reference method.

Batch and group-wise analysis

Loading and analysis functions can be run as a batch or by individual participant.


Please cite this software package if you use it in your analyses.

Brown, E. E. (2019). tacmagic: PET Analysis in R. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(34), 1281. doi:10.21105/joss.01281.