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Kathryn A. Morton

Department of Radiology
Huntsman Cancer Institute
United States of America


Kathryn Morton, MD, is a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is an investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and a member of the Experimental Therapeutics program. Her research interests include PET-based tumor imaging and tumor-specific PET probes. Dr. Morton’s work has explored the use of PET/CT imaging to screen at-risk patients (unprovoked venous thromboembolism) for early or hidden cancers. She has also examined the use of PET/CT as an improved protocol for staging head and neck cancer patients, and has worked to improve the use of PET for radiologic diagnosis of brain cancer. Dr. Morton’s research has also included the development and use of new neuroimaging modalities and probes for the study of neurodegenerative diseases, and she has worked on the use of PET for early diagnosis of acute respiratory distress syndrome and for evaluation of deep vein thrombosis. Morton received her medical degree from the University of Utah, followed by an internship in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and residencies in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Utah.

Research Interest

PET-Based Tumor Imaging Tumor Specific PET Probes Positron Emission Tomography (PET)


  • Enslow MS, Zollinger LV, Morton KA, Butterfield RI, Kadrmas DJ, Christian PE, Boucher KM, Heilbrun ME, Jensen RL, Hoffman JM (2012). Comparison of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose and 18F-fluorothymidine PET in differentiating radiation necrosis from recurrent glioma. Clin Nucl Med, 37(9), 854-61.

  • Rondina MT, Wanner N, Pendleton RC, Kraiss LW, Vinik R, Zimmerman GA, Heilbrun M, Hoffman JM, Morton KA (2012). A pilot study utilizing whole body 18 F-FDG-PET/CT as a comprehensive screening strategy for occult malignancy in patients with unprovoked venous thromboembolism. Thromb Res, 129(1), 22-7.

  • Duff K, Foster NL, Dennett K, Hammers DB, Zollinger LV, Christian PE, Butterfield RI, Beardmore BE, Wang AY, Morton KA, Hoffman JM (2013). Amyloid deposition and cognition in older adults: the effects of premorbid intellect. Arch Clin Neuropsychol, 28(7), 665-71.

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