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01 JUNE 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 22

PET scan provides better, faster imaging

They are images of unparalled sensitivity and specificity, detailed, three-dimensional pictures revealing the body’s metabolic processes. They are images that can be used to detect cancer, to differentiate living heart muscle from scar tissue, and to pinpoint seizure sites in the brain, among other applications.
They are PET images, remarkable, computer-constructed pictures from a technology known as Positron Emission Tomography, the product of a non-invasive scan performed in little more than an hour. And now, for the first time ever in the metropolitan area, these images are being provided to physicians electronically, over the internet, where they can be reviewed in the privacy of the doctor’s office.
“We now have it arranged to send PET images and their interpretation to the desktop of anyone with the authority to receive this information,” explains David F. Preston, MD, interim division head of the Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine. “Since the majority of our patients come from outside the hospital, this is a very useful service for referring physicians.” 

“Whole-body, three-dimensional PET images can now appear on the desktop computer of any referring physician,” reports David F. Preston, MD, interim division head, Department of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine.

Because of medical privacy issues, a security clearance is required to access patient information. Physicians are further restricted to data on those patients they refer. 
Following a PET scan, the film is read by KUMC physicians, their interpretation is transcribed, and the report is posted with a rotating, three-dimensional whole-body image, plus images displayed in transaxial, coronal and sagittal planes. For a demonstration, go to, click on “Radiology Clinical Patient Information”, followed by “Demo” and “Get Demo.”
PET’s primary applications are oncology, cardiology and neurology. Armed with faster, better clinical information, physicians in these crucial fields are now in a position to dramati-cally enhance both the quality and the cost-effectiveness of their patient care. 
While many people have contributed to the successful marriage of PET technology to Internet technology at KUMC, foremost among them, according to Dr. Preston, are James V. Traylor, CNMT, supervisor, and Tina Crain, MS, CNMT, program director. For general information on PET, go to the Nuclear Medicine website at

Kansas internists pick Kyner for Governor

Joseph L. Kyner, MD is a man of many titles: Professor of Med-icine, Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology; Medical Director, Cray Diabetes Center; Associate Director, Resident Training Program, Department of Internal Medicine; Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education, KU School of Medicine; Fellow, American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (FACP); Fellow, Ameri-can College of Endocrinology. 
Now, to this impressive list, he adds the title “Governor.” 
Recently, in Philadelphia, Dr. Kyner was elected Governor of the Kansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine, the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. 
“Our mission is to foster excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine,” Dr. Kyner explains. “We work to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care for patients and communities.”

Joseph L. Kyner, MD

For the next four years, Dr. Kyner will preside over the state’s approximately 1,000 members. In September of this year, he will host the annual chapter meeting in Kansas City. Dr. Kyner also serves on the national organization’s credentials committee.

Walk for hearts
Join the fight against heart disease and stroke by participat-ing in the 2000 American Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association. KU Med will be onsite at Mill Creek Park for the June 24 event, coordinating health screenings for walkers. Registration for the walk will open at 7 a.m., and the walk begins at 8 a.m. Call Amy Metcalf at ext. 8-1233 for a registration form or to volunteer to help at the screening tent.

Research scholarship 
Applications are now being accepted for the Reathea Mae Resco Scholarship, in the amount of $3,827, for students working in basic science cancer research. Applicants should submit a letter of interest that includes a descrip-tion of the research, appropriate transcripts, and a letter from his or her faculty advisor. Applica-tions should be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs, 5015 Wescoe, by Friday June 30, 2000. 

Free conference on minority health 
This summer, KUMC will serve as an interactive video site for the University of North Carolina’s Public Health Research Video-conference 
on Minority Health. The conference will take place June 12-16, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. each day, and will focus on such issues as community-based research and eliminating health disparities among ethnic groups. Registration is free, but should be done in advance by contacting Kathleen Fuller, PhD, at ext. 8-5613 or email <<kfuller>>. The event is sponsored by the KU School of Medicine’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine. 

Front & Center . . .

CMN broadcasts
The Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) telethon and radiothon will take place June 1-4. The broadcasts help raise money for KU Med Pediatrics and Children’s Mercy Hospital, and feature real-life stories about children who have been sucessfully treated at both hospitals. Tune into Mix 93.3 June 1-4 to hear morning show hosts Rocket and Teresa lead the CMN radiothon. Watch KCTV-5 June 3-4 for the telethon. 

Newly-elected board members of the KUMC Credit Union enjoy a picnic lunch in the courtyard. Pictured from right to left are Randy Johnson, Kris Kerens, Bob Wheeler. Not pictured are Raymond Franklin, Bob Burton and Mary Jo Williams.

Meg Duggan, left, executive director of the Parkinson Association; Karen Carlin, executive director of the Children’s Miracle Network; and Richard Flores direct walkers at the recent Parkinson Walk-A-Thon. Carlin and Flores are co-chairmen of the event.

Kissy of the Hershey Kiss Mobile dispenses some hugs and kisses to children. Pictured with Kissy is Edward Shields. The Kissmobile is on a nationwide tour to raise awareness and donations for hospitals like KUMC and Children’s Mercy Hospital, affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network. 
The Kiss Mobile is designed to look like three Hershey Kisses, and carries more than 230,000 Hershey’s Hugs and Kissies in a refrigerated compartment.

Andrew Stellema, office assistant at Research Institute, Inc., talks about his “near death experience” at the weekly KUMC Interfaith lunch. KUMC Interfaith is a campus organization of students, faculty and staff who meet weekly over lunch to foster a better understanding of the diversity of faiths at KUMC and in the community.

Girls bedroom set: bed, dresser, 2 side tables, desk, chair, rarely used, $800; wood conference table, $150 OBO; 3 office chairs, $10 each. Call 
EOne computer, 433 MHz CPU, 64 RAM, 6.4 GB Hard drive, 56k, 10BT LAN/MON. Call 913-432-9489.
Pacemaster Pro Plus Treadmill, less than 2 years old, paid $2,100 new, will take $1,500. Call 913-362-0601.
Pickup bed cover; aluminum top racks by Jason; 4 x 6 trailer, spare tire and wheel. Call 913-631-5601.

1994 Honda Accord EX, black, 4 dr., moon roof, auto, anti-lock brakes, alum. wheels, great shape. Call 816-767-1757.
1989 Buick Le Sabre, exc. cond., auto, power windows, locks, AC, radio/cassette player, low mileage. Call 913-432-9489.
1988 Toyota Corolla, auto., radio/cassette player, AC, low mi. Call 913-432-9489.

Sugar Valley Lake lot for sale. Mound City, Kansas. Includes self-contained 30’ 1984 Hornet trailer, (sleeps six), separate carport for large motorhome, gazebo, 
2 storage sheds. Large shade and fruit trees, close to lake. Great for fishing. 

Used Direct TV satellite system and receiver. Call 913-780-3391.

Infants and children (1 month to 5 years) with Down’s syndrome of Fragile x syndrome to participate in non-invasive study of neurocognitive development. Involves 1-2 hour visit to the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for the recording of event related brain potentials (ERPs or brain waves). For more info, contact 
Dr. Jennifer Hill Karrer, ext. 8-5956.
Healthy adult subjects, 18-50 years of age to participate in non-invasive study of memory and learning. Involves 1 hour visit to the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for the recording of event-related brain potentials (ERPs or brain waves). For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Hill Karrer, ext. 8-5956.

Volunteers needed for Hospital Hill Run 

Volunteers are needed to staff the aid station for this year’s Hospital Hill Run from 6 a.m to 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 4. The Bird Bath Aid Station, located near the Ice Terrace at Crown Center, will provide water and Gatorade to the runners as they finish the race. E-mail Jan Schmidt at


Friday, June 2:
• Deadline to sign-up for coed sand volleyball and coed softball, contact Amy Howle at 8-7706

Monday, June 5:
• Mondays in June, 6:30 p.m., Toastmasters will present Speechcraft, a workshop to develop public speaking; call 816-373-2785.
• Prostate Cancer Screenings, KU Med, call ext. 1227 to schedule appt.
• Grief Loss Support Group,3 - 4 p.m., KU Med Radiation Oncology Conference Room

Tuesday, June 6:
• Head & Neck Cancer Survivors Support Group, 6 - 7 p.m., KU Med, Room 5003.

Wednesday, June 7:
• KUMC Interfaith, noon - 1 p.m., 2023 Wescoe.
• “Breast Cancer - Are You At Risk?”, 7 p.m., Independence Family Medicine, 620 W. 23 Street, Independence, MO

Thursday, June 8:
• Breast Cancer Support Group, 5:15 - 6:30 p.m., KU Med Radiation Oncology 
Conference Room
• Burn Patient Family Support Group, 6 -7 p.m., KU Med Burnett Burn Center 
Waiting Room
• “The Division of Technology Transfer & Intellectual Property Workshop”, 8:30 - 10 a.m., 1023 Orr-Major
• “Weight Watchers At Work Program” kick-off, free open house, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Kirmayer Fitness Center, contact Amy Howle at 8-7706.

Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor

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