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Published on March 01, 2018

Hospital Expands Imaging Services With State-of-the-Art PET/CT

A 64-slice PET/CT scanner will soon join North Kansas City Hospital’s suite of imaging services, providing referring physicians and their patients with greater access to cutting-edge imaging. The new scanner is scheduled to arrive in May.

“The new PET/CT is a state-of-the-art machine capable of unparalleled oncology and brain imaging, which will assist in the detection of metastatic disease and dementia,” said John Underwood IV, MD, a radiologist with Northland Radiology. “Some patients travel significant distances for our help, and we are happy to accommodate them.”

In addition to brain and oncology imaging, the new PET/CT’s high-resolution capability and fast gantry rotation make it perfectly suited for cardiac imaging. The technology captures several thousand sectional views in one rotation. As a result, the time a patient needs to hold his or her breath is reduced significantly, giving cardiologists clearer images for valve builds prior to transcatheter aortic valve replacements and other cardiac procedures.

The new machine is equipped with an IV contrast injector for enhanced studies, so patients who require CT exams with IV contrast need not undergo both a PET/CT and a CT study.

The acquisition also allows the hospital to expand its services. “We are preparing to offer some new cancer imaging techniques so we can serve a larger patient population,” Dr. Underwood added.

Johnson Underwood IV, MD

John Underwood IV, MD  Dr. Underwood earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita. He completed his radiology residency at Southern Illinois University, Springfield, and radiology fellowship at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.