Quantcast

BRF expands PET imaging center - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

BRF expands PET imaging center

Posted: Updated:
SHREVEPORT, La. -

Some major expansions are in the works for the Biomedical Research Foundation.

Twenty years ago they opened the first PET imaging center in the state of Louisiana. Now they're bringing in cutting edge scientists to further build on that legacy.
 
Behind eight feet of concrete sits the BRF's cyclotron. Built twenty years ago, it's the machine that makes the radioactive drugs that are used in the PET scanner. 

"Twenty to thirty years ago, when they were designing these things, they were held together with duct tape and bubble gum and so you needed the technical support to keep the center operational and move forward," said medical physicist Stephen Lokitz.

They've come a long way since then. 

The state just granted the BRF $1.5 million to buy a brand new cyclotron to go with the new PET scanner.

It's a move that has attracted a pair of top radio chemists to make the transition from Wake Forest University to Shreveport.

Pradeep and Sudha Garg will be at the forefront of PET imaging research with the BRF.
 
"Our plan is to make our resources accessible to our colleagues in other institutes, like neighboring schools. Our interest to collaborate goes beyond that though. We want to reach out to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and other states," said Pradeep Garg.

The technology they're working on includes new drugs to be used in PET imaging.
 
With the scanner, they are able to take a physiological snapshot of what's going on inside a patient's body.
 
For example, after a patient is injected with radioactive drugs made by the cyclotron the pet scanner cameras can detect live cancer cells. 

"I don't think it's a gamble but they've really seen the power of personalized medicine. This can lead to very early diagnosis. I really think we're on the verge of an explosion of radio pharmaceuticals that Pradeep and Sudha are developing," said Lokitz.

The BRF is also on the verge of centralizing and expanding all PET imaging technology and lab work by building a brand new imaging center. 

Though an exact location has not been decided quite yet, it will be as close to LSU and University Health campus as possible.

"We want to make a place where as patients come in they know as they come out of the car that this is the place where they want to get treated and diagnosed. It will be state of the art having all different modalities under one umbrella," said Garg.

The new imaging center should be completed within 18-24 months. 

The expansion should bring around 35 new jobs to the BRF.
 
Since the BRF brought in the first PET scanner to Shreveport, they have performed more than 35,000 scans with over $18 million in free scans to underprivileged patients.

Over the years, more than $53 million has been invested in PET imaging to introduce and support new clinical technology and radio pharmaceutical manufacturing.  

 

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:12:16 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:00:16 GMT
    Viewer's petsViewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:44:11 GMT
    DJanaeDJanae
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
  • NationalMore>>

  • $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    $2.4B Revel casino shuts down after just 2 years

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:44 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:44:06 GMT
    Little more than two years after opening with high hopes of turning around Atlantic City's struggling casino market, Revel will close its doors Tuesday morning.
    It opened with a bang one day at dawn a little over 2 years ago amid high hopes it would turn around Atlantic City's struggling casino market.
  • Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Waldo suspends 2 police chiefs after quota claims

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:31:51 GMT
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph...
    The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55...
  • Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Action-packed TV might make you snack more: Study

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-02 07:31:30 GMT
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
    Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely-paced talk show.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File