The BRF PET Operations became CMIT in 2013 with the purpose of becoming a world-class research organization focusing on molecular imaging and therapy. This new mission has resulted in the recruitment of multiple world-renown expert scientists and a reinvestment in the critical technology necessary to succeed in the research arena. CMIT now performs cutting edge de novo research, participates in clinical trials for a variety of diseases and indications, and offers our unique blend of scientific expertise and resources to any interested organization while continuing to provide clinical PET imaging and distributing radiopharmaceuticals.
The Biomedical Research Foundation opened the PET Imaging Center in 1995 as one of the first centers to combine imaging and radiopharmaceutical manufacturing in the southern United States. The original investment included a single cyclotron and PET camera. The hard work of many physicians, physicists, radiochemists and technicians allowed BRF PET operations to grow rapidly into one of the busiest facilities in the region. Growth has led to multiple PET/CT scanners in Shreveport with radiopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Shreveport and Baton Rouge. Since its inception, the center has performed more than 50,000 clinical PET and PET/CT imaging procedures and provided more than 9,000 free scans to uninsured patients mainly from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.