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Southern Isotopes

Southern Isotopes

About Southern Isotopes

Southern Isotopes provides clinical Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical products to PET imaging centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Texas. With manufacturing facilities in Shreveport and Baton Rouge, products such as FDG and sodium fluoride (NaF) can be distributed easily and efficiently.

SI is engages in radiochemistry and imaging research and has access to clinical imaging resources. Our research laboratories in Shreveport supply research products and services while imaging support services are available through BRF’s PET Imaging Center in Shreveport.

Our Services and Products

SI staff specializes in optimization, production and distribution of 18F chemical compounds ranging from the routine (e.g. 18F-FDG) and public domain (e.g. 18F-F-Dopa and 18F-FLT) to proprietary experimental compounds in all phases of clinical trials (FDA eIND, Phase I, II, and III). We have significant experience producing labeled PET and SPECT compounds with other isotopes including 13N, which is produced in house, or 64Cu, 76Br, 99Tc, 123I, 124I, 125I, 131I, 111In, 51Cr, 67Ga, 153Sm, 89Sr, 201Tl, and 133Xe, which can be accessed from partner facilities.

Our Partners and Customers

SI facilities are located on and near the LSU Health Shreveport campus, providing access to critical clinical and research resources for client projects.
The Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute (BRI) is a 10-story, 160,000 square foot research facility with 56 wet labs occupied by LSU Health Shreveport researchers. BRI facilities contain core research equipment for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), flow cytometry, automated cell sorting, tissue culture, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, fluorescence, confocal and electron microscopy, real time PCR, mass spectroscopy, and DNA Gene chip analysis.
LSU Health Shreveport Small Animal Research Facility is an AALAC accredited Animal Research Facility (ARF) which provides key support for pre-clinical studies. Veterinary care professionals offer guidance and assessment regarding all animal use protocols, maintenance of transgenic mouse breeding colonies, routine and diagnostic animal colony health surveillance and environmental monitoring programs. Consultation and training in specialized procedures are available. This primary and a nearby animal facility supports mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, swine, and goats.
LSU Health Shreveport Small Animal Imaging Facility is an animal imaging facility that contains state-of-the-art equipment for in vitro and in vivo CT, PET, SPECT and bioluminescence/ fluorescence imaging. The recently installed Flex Triumph system (GammaMedica-Ideas, Northridge, CA) is a first of its kind tri-modality imaging system (PET/SPECT/ CT) for rodents. This system, with a full suite of life signs monitoring/support components (heart, breathing, temperature, anesthesia, blood micro-sampling) is an excellent resource for extended imaging protocols, as might be required for pharmacokinetic modeling.

Our Staff

A highly qualified SI staff of 13 specialists includes radiochemists, radiopharmacists, cyclotron operators and engineers, radiopharmaceutical production personnel, and administrative support personnel. Additional personnel resources that collaborate and support SI through the parent company, Biomedical Research Foundation, include physicists, physicians, CNMTs, and administrative support personnel.

BRF’s PET Imaging Center

BRF’s PET Imaging Center provides unparalleled diagnostic and clinical research expertise, having performed over 35,000 PET scans in the last 15 years. Our two PET/CT scanners currently average 40 scans per week, resulting in a vast image database of common and rare diseases. Scans are read by dedicated, board certified, nuclear medicine physicians. PETIC is accredited by the European Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).

Our Partners

PET Center Resources

Patient Resources Index

PET and PET/CT Scan Preparation:
  • Upon arrival you will complete some administrative paperwork.
  • You will be asked to drink an 18 oz. bottle of water.
  • The technologist will take you to a prep room and explain the PET scan in detail. Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
  • The technologist will start an I.V. of normal saline.
  • You will receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive sugar
  • You will relax on a bed for 90 minutes. During this time you will get a small amount of a diuretic through your I.V.. After 90 minutes, the PET scan will begin. During the scan you will be asked to lie flat on your back for 1 hour. Many patients relax enough to fall asleep during the scan.

PET/CT Scan:

  • Upon arrival you will complete some administrative paperwork.
  • You will be asked to drink an 18 oz. bottle of water.
  • The technologist will take you to a prep room and explain the PET scan in detail. Please notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
  • The technologist will start an I.V. of normal saline.
  • You will receive an injection of a small amount of radioactive sugar
  • You will relax on a bed for 90 minutes. During this time you will get a small amount of a diuretic through your I.V..
  • You will also be asked to drink some water that contains a small amount of x-ray dye. Please notify the technologist if you are allergic to iodine or CT dye.
  • After 90 minutes, the PET scan will begin. During the scan you will be asked to lie flat on your back for 45 minutes. Many patients relax enough to fall asleep during the scan.

We will need to be contacted by your doctor before we can proceed. As soon as we hear from you’re your doctor, someone from the PET Center will contact you to discuss specific preparation instructions before your appointment and explain the following patient prep Information.

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight except water
  • Be on time for your appointment
  • If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact our office 24 hours in advance of your appointment
  • No cigarettes or chewing tobacco or the like the day of your scan
  • No cough drops, breath mints, chewing gum or the like, not even “sugar free”
  • You may take medications unless they are labeled to be taken only with food or are in syrup form
  • Wear warm, comfortable clothing; no zippers or other metal on clothing; no underwire bra
  • Unless you are diabetic, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time
  • If you are diabetic, please contact our office for further instructions at (318) 675-4040
  • No children in waiting area due to length of procedure (three hours)

Please note: no one is in the office before 7:00 a.m.

Failure to follow these instructions may make it necessary to
reschedule your scan

Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana
Positron Emission Tomography (P.E.T.) Imaging Center
1505 KINGS HIGHWAY
Shreveport, LA 71103
Tel: (318) 675-400
Toll Free: (888) 685-1152
Printable Driving Directions.pdf
Directions:
The PET Imaging Center is located on the ground floor of the Virginia K. Shehee Biomedical Research Institute, which is located on the campus of LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Take I-20 or I-49 to the King Highway exit and drive west toward the LSU Health Shreveport campus. Turn left after the Feist Weiller Cancer Center and proceed to the end of the drive. Turn right into private lot in front of Biomedical Research Institute. Pull up to the gate and press button marked ” PET CENTER ” on the panel outside your driver’s window. We will open the gate for you after speaking with you via intercom. Please park in a “Patient” designated parking spot. Enter the PET Imaging Center from the south side plaza along the walk on the left side of the building. We are on the right side as you enter the atrium.  Click on “printable driving directions” above for more details and pictures to help you locate our center.

Parking & Building Entry Instructions

  1. From Medical School Drive, drive under the crosswalk and continue forward until you are forced to turn left (into a parking lot) or right. Turn right and continue with a right u-turn into the parking lot in from of our building, the Virginia K Shehee Biomedical Research Institute. It is a 10-story building.
  2. When you turn right into the parking lot there will be a gate; please press the middle button labeled “PET Center”. A receptionist will open the gate for you.
  3. Park and walk down the sidewalk on the left (South side) of the building (do not enter the double doors on the front of the building). Instead, walk up the South side of the building and at the end of the sidewalk there will be glass doors on your right. Enter those doors and look immediately to your right. On the wall in large letters it says Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Center. Enter our reception area through the wood door to the left of that signage.

If you have health insurance we will file the claim for your PET scan. However, some carriers, including Medicare, do not cover PET studies for all indications (a non-covered diagnosis; See also “Medicare” for complete coverage information), or the carrier may not pay 100% of the claim. We will make every effort to maximize coverage, but you are ultimately responsible for payment.

If you do not have insurance coverage, it will be necessary for you to work out payment arrangements with our office before your appointment.

Whether you have insurance or not, we will happily discuss our financial hardship assistance program with you if you feel you are unable to pay the balance on your account.

Physician Resources

If you want to refer a patient, please print, complete, and fax the appropriate form below to 318-675-4020. For questions, please call 318-675-4042.

Pay your bill

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