The Nuclear Medicine and PET Division of ARA comprises a group of seven fellowship-trained physicians.
The central hub of our nuclear medicine practice is the Nuclear Medicine Department of the Baylor University Medical Center, a full-service department providing a high volume of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for both inpatients and outpatients. All routine planar and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies, including nuclear cardiology studios, are performed in the department.
BUMC’s Nuclear Medicine Department is also a regional referral center for a number of specialized studies not performed at most community hospitals. Heavily focused on oncologic studies, routine and specialized procedures are also performed in these areas:
· Orthopedic · Pulmonary
· Cardiovascular · Neurologic
· Gastrointestinal · Infectious disease
· Genitourinary · Pediatric areas
ARA maintains extensive radioiodine therapy services for both oncologic and non-oncologic indications, and has been a leader in the use of radiolabeled antibodies for lymphoma therapy for years. This division provides supervision for ARA’s other sites of nuclear medicine imaging and therapy, including Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, Baylor Imaging Center at Mesquite, and Texas Oncology Diagnostic Services in the Collins building of BUMC.
The Division is considered one of the finest PET and PET/CT practices in the country, with nationally recognized physicians treating more than 12,000 PET and PET/CT cases per year. The North Texas Clinical PET Institute, housed in the Collins building of the Sammons Cancer Center at BUMC, contains a state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner and images over 2200 patients per year. Images from several other PET/CT centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston areas, and 13 other locations, are sent via network to ARA’s PET electronic reading room.
The Nuclear Medicine and PET Division provides a full slate of educational opportunities for its residents and fellows. Representatives from our division are routinely included on the faculties of local, regional, and national meetings, and sit on various committees of national societies, as well as the editorial boards of several major journals.