Northwest Louisiana is closer to offering the state’s most technologically advanced PET/CT scanner to patients of BRF’s Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy (CMIT). BRF has released a request for proposals for the state-of-the-art scanner, which will be an extended field of view digital PET/CT scanner with artificial intelligence capabilities.
The scanner is expected to be selected by January and will be purchased by BRF using BRF funds and $2 million in federal funding sponsored by U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Cassidy.
The addition of the new scanner will double scanning capacity by allowing CMIT to conduct its clinical and research activities simultaneously.
“We appreciate Sen. Cassidy’s support for this scanner, which will help advance research and diagnostic and therapeutic imaging in North Louisiana and beyond. His advocacy for North Louisiana and the state has helped fund this and many projects that may have otherwise gone unfunded,” said BRF President and CEO John F. George Jr., M.D.
“Sen. Cassidy advocated for North Louisiana and the state in the bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act of 2021, directing funding to 20 projects in Bossier Parish and 35 in Caddo Parish for a total investment of over $71 million. Congressionally directed funding requests he has sponsored for 2023 and 2024 for Bossier and Caddo parishes total over $36.6 million, including the $2 million for the scanner at CMIT.”
“As a doctor, ensuring patients have access to the best care possible is always a priority,” said Dr. Cassidy. “BRF is a key part of providing that care to Northwest Louisiana. This investment will help them continue their mission.”
CMIT, formerly the PET Imaging Center, has been a national pioneer and area leader in radiopharmaceutical manufacturing and PET diagnostic technology. In June 2022, BRF opened the new, 23,000 sq. ft. CMIT in Shreveport. The new CMIT is one of only a handful of privately operated facilities in the nation with similar capabilities and suite of services.