The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 2001 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, May 2, 2001
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WEbNESPAY MAY i. 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains DEATHS / B3 MONEY/B5 FUN / B6 t SAUNA REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER PET scan shows image of hot spots' Imaging device available in Salina takes guesswork out of cancer detection By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal y A new imaging device at Salina Regional Health Center could drastically change the way cancer patients are treated. • Called a PET scan — which stands for positron emission tomography — the imaging examines the entire patient at once by producing pictures of the functions of the body that aren't seen in more conventional X-rays or CT scans. I Radiologist Bill Garlow is one of four Salina doctors trained in reading PET scans. He said in more traditional imaging techniques, deciding what's cancer sometimes comes down to a dangerous guessing game. "Sometimes there's nothing more that you can do than'guess if it's cancer or a benign tumor," he said. "Often there's scarring following' surgery, and you can't tell if that's a tumor or just scarring." While waiting to find out if the abnormal growth is cancer or if a cancer has grown or shrunk following treatment, his patients are living a nightmare. "It leaves a patient in state of suspended animation. They go to sleep at night wondering if their cancer is growing," he said. "A PET scan quickly tells us." Knowing if a patient has cancer, if it has spread and where exactly it is in the body allows a doctor more accurate treatment options as well, he said. The mobile PET scan unit will be at Salina Regional Health Center on Tuesdays. The first patient was scheduled for Tuesday, and everything went smoothly, said Terry Hauschel, the hospital's director of radiology services. The PET scan is available at the hospital through a partnership with Midwest Imaging, based in Topeka. The mobile unit also will be available at hospitals in Kansas City, Lawrence, Manhattan and Emporia. How does it work? It works by showing abnormalities as"hot spots" on the scan. Those hot spots — tumors or a weak heart muscle, for instance — metabolize at a different rate than healthy parts of the body and so will show up on a PET scan. Doug Holmberg, director of sales and marketing for Midwest Imaging in Sioux Falls, S.D., said cancer treatment is modified by doctors in 30 percent of cases following a PET scan. While used about 90 percent of the time now for cancer screenings, the PET scan also can be used for neurological and heart disease tests, Holmberg said. In neurological tests, a PET scan can detect Alzheimer's Disease several years before the diagnosis would be made clinically. However, Medicare does not yet recognize the test, and there is an ethical debate about whether patients should be made aware of results of the test, Garlow said. "If you knew you had Alzheimer's, it would obviously change your life," Garlow said. But Garlow believes researchers are close to discovering effective treatments for Alzheimer's and believes the PET scan soon will be used for that purpose. It also can be used to diagnose Parkinson's disease and epilepsy See PET, Page B2 ; BBIEFIY Wall cloud leads to activation of sirens ! Tornado sirens were sound- ted Monday evening in Salina because of a cloud near the city that was showing signs of tornadic activity, said Bryan Armstrong, assistant director of Saline County Emergency Management. He said he sounded the sirens because weather spotters saw a wall cloud northwest of town rotating slowly "It was close enough to town I didn't think it was safe not to sound the sirens," he ^aid. The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for Saline County that was still in effect when the sirens were sounded. This was the first time this year the sirens have been activated, he said. The sirens serve as a warning for residents to go to a shelter. Monday's storm dissipated without ever forming a tornado. Man in raccoon cap commits lewd act A man wearing only a rac- . coon cap and white tennis shoes committed a lewd act in front of the glass doors of the Kwik Shop at 1121W. Cloud ^arly Tuesday before he ran away — still naked — as the clerk dialed 911. The incident, which happened just before 2 a.m., was recorded on the store's security camera, said Salina Police Lt. Mike Sweeney Police were not able to locate the man, whom the clerk described as white, 5-feet 8-inches tall, about 150 pounds vvith no distinguishing-features. . Norton man died of natural causes ; NORTON — A Norton man found Friday morning floating in Sebelius Reservoir died of natural causes, according to the Norton County Sheriff's Office. Fishermen found the body of WiUiam E "Bill" Cochran, 40, about 10:48 a.m. in the reservoir, located four miles west of Norton. , At first, the death was thought to be a drowning, but a preliminary investigation by the sheriff's office concluded Cochran died of unspecified natural causes. . His death remains under investigation. U.S. attorney for KiEinsas resigns KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jackie WiUiams, U.S. attorney for Kansas, submitted his resignation Tuesday ! Williams, appointed by President Clinton in 1996 as U.S. attorney for Kansas, submitted his resignation to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and said it was effective immediately ' Williams entered the United States Attorney's office as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Kansas in 1977. From Staff and Wire Reports ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363, or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run In this space as soon as possible. Cadet review TOM DORSEY/The Salina,Journal St. John's Military School cadets pass in front of Capt. Matt Webster, 17, of the battalion staff Tuesday afternoon during the Battalion Review on the school's campus In north Salina. St. John's President E.A. "Skip" McAlexander said the cadets were awarded 999 points of a possible 1,000 during the annual formal Inspection at the school. T SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Dunstein to replace Kiltz as undersheriff Kiltz to give up his 'dream Job' to return to Southern California By KARA RHODES The Salina Journal Saline County Sheriff Glen. Kochanowski announced Tuesday the resignation of his un­ dersheriff and the name of his replacement. Carl Kiltz, 56, who has served as undersheriff since Kochanowski took office in 1997, is leaving May 11 for Southern California, where he grew up. He will be replaced by Dave Dunstan, 52, who four months ago retired as a deputy chief of T BY GEORGE the Salina Police Department. As undersheriff, Dunstan will make $43,513 a year. "I've worked for the sheriff before and have a good working il-elationship with him, so it wasn't a hard decision to make," Dunstan said. "There will be new challenges here." As deputy chief, Dunstan was in charge of the department's administrative services, school resource officers and training. He replaced Kochanowski as deputy chief when Kochanowski was elected sheriff. Kochanowski, Kiltz and Dunstan began working together when Kiltz and Dunstan joined the police department in 1971. KILTZ DUNSTAN The sheriff started his career at the police department in 1966. Kiltz and Dunstan started as police officers within two weeks of each other and attended the police training academy together. Because of that long work history, both men expect a smooth transition. Kiltz will help train Dunstan before he leaves office next week. Kiltz's responsibilities have included training and be-- ing director of the juvenile detention center. "This has been my dream Job, the 'ultimate in terms of my career," Kiltz said. He spent 24 years in the Salina Police Department, retiring in 1994. He spent several years as an instructor at the Kansas Highway Patrol training academy before being named undersheriff. Destination is Palm Springs Kiltz and his wife, Nancy, are moving to Palm Springs. Nancy an administrator with the Salina School District, has a job there. Kiltz has applied for several jobs in the private sector. "Carl Kiltz has surpassed my expectations in the job he's done for the Saline County Sheriff's Office," Kochanowski said. "When he made the announcement he was leaving, I couldn't have asked for a better qualified (applicant) than Dave Dunstan." A public reception for Kiltz will be from 4 to 6 p.m. May 11 in the training room at the sheriff's office, 251 N. 10th. • Reporter Kara Rhodes can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by e-mail at sjkrhodes® There's blue smoke and mirrors in Topeka The Legislature would be a target-rich environment for humorist Mark Twain Mark Twain said, "There is no distinctly native American criminal class, except Congress." And Mark Twain said, "God invented idiots. But that was just for practice. Then he invented school boards." Or maybe I have the order of invention in that last one turned around. Somehow that quote was never drilled into us at any public school I attended. One can only wonder at the fun Mark Twain could have at the expense of the Kansas Legislature. One of his lesser-known quotes might describe the Legislature, or its motivation, quite well: "Its name is Public Opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God." Of course, like the voice of God, people who hear Public Opinion say mostly what they want it to say And the folks who call the tune in the Kansas Legislature hear the voice of Public Opinion say, "No new taxes." Well, as Mark Twain never said, Duh! Of course there is no outpouring of public support for a tax increase. It is unlikely that such a thing has ever happened in the history of the world, much less the history of representative democracy Folks at the White House these days, of course, are having to deal with the fact there is no outpouring of public support for a big tax cut, either. But that's for them to figure out. Back in Kansas, lawmakers are so afraid to touch even the smallest tax increase, even to balance the budget for existing programs and promises made on highways and colleges, even to make up for five years of tax cuts that were excessive and, for the most part, unsought by Public Opinion, even to bring its commitment to public schools even with inflation, heating costs and the looming teacher shortage. They are, however, burning the mid- GEORGE B. PYLE T}\e Salina Journal • night oil to engage in blue-smoke-and- mirrors budget practices that would make the Sage of the Mississippi reel with the possibilities. As explained by John Hanna, the Associated Press' estimable reporter in Topeka, legislative gimmicks include pushing some payments from fiscal 2002 into 2003, while counting some income from 2003 in 2002. That's the kind of creative bookkeeping that brought New York City to the brink of financial ruin. And don't expect a federal bailout when we really do hit the wall. (Future headline: "Bush to Topeka: Drop Dead.") Lawmakers also have taken $10 million away from local governments in one fund and given them $4.4 million in another. That means a property tax hike in many Kansas communities, a tax hike caused by legislative dithering but without Topeka's obvious fingerprints on it. They also took money out of this year's judicial budget and put it in next year's. Which means our court system may have to shut down for one day just to keep from overspending. Businessmen who try stuff like this get bad reviews from their auditors, or walking papers from their boards. But because the Legislature is the board, and because the stockholders (the people of Kansas) aren't paying attention, these people think they can get away with it. Of course, president and CEO Bill Graves is sitting over in his corner, oiling up his veto pen, which he says he will use for one particular reason: Not if the Legislature spends too little, and not if it spends too much, but if it spends in a way that allows them to get out of Topeka by leaving behind a monumental mess that will have to be cleaned up by the governor, college presidents, school teachers, social workers, prison guards and the next session of the Legislature. Graves should have another saying of Mark Twain's posted in his office, as Harry Truman did, and make sure the legislators see it: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and amaze the rest." • Journal columnist George B. Pyle can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 101, or by email at SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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