Molecular Imaging

BAMF & United Imaging’s Precision Medicine Milestone

BAMF Health Headquarters

BAMF Health took a big step in its precision medicine strategy, installing United Imaging’s uEXPLORER total-body PET/CT scanner as it prepares to open its theranostics treatment center. 

Founded in 2018, BAMF Health (Bold Advanced Medical Future) has applied a unique approach to developing advanced treatments, combining the world’s “most advanced” radiopharmacy, its proprietary AI platform, and top molecular imaging technology to deliver hyper-personalized and targeted treatments.

Installing United Imaging’s uEXPLORER total-body PET/CT scanner represents a key final addition to BAMF Health’s precision medicine stack, and makes it the first institution in the US using total-body PET for theranostics. More importantly, the uEXPLORER will allow BAMF Health to deliver more effective and efficient theranostics treatments by:

  • Imaging patients’ entire bodies in a single scan (vs. “eyes to thighs”)
  • Detecting and targeting signs of cancer smaller than two millimeters (vs. 1 cm)
  • Scanning patients in just one minute (vs. up to 1hr)
  • Reducing radiation dosage by up to 40x

BAMF Health’s launch might also represent an early theranostics paradigm shift, highlighting the potential role of private clinics (vs. academic/large institutions) and total-body PET/CT systems (vs. “whole”) with the advanced therapy.

BAMF Health will begin treating patients for prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors at its Michigan-based clinic this summer, but plans to deliver a wide range of personalized treatments that extend well beyond cancer in the future (e.g. Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiac diseases, endometriosis, chronic pain) and treat patients from around the country.

The Takeaway

Although BAMF Health still has a lot to prove, its upcoming clinical launch might be a key milestone in the evolution of theranostics and molecular imaging.

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-- The Imaging Wire team