About Us

Private PET/CT serving Western Canada

INITIO is Western Canada’s only private PET/CT scan facility committed to patient care supporting the health and health care choices of every individual, both now and into the future.

INITIO has nearly 20 years of diagnostic scanning experience offering immediate PET/CT scan availability for cancer, prostate cancer, cognitive impairment, cardiac sarcoidosis, and CT with or without contrast.

2000 · INITIO opens Canada’s 1st PET clinic with the 1st FDG license.
2010 · INITIO begins performing state of the art PET/CT oncology FDG scans.
2018 · INITIO provides FDG, Amyvid, Neuraceq, and Vizamyl Alzheimer scans.
2021 · INITIO begins 68Gallium imaging for prostate and neuro-endocrine cancer.

Referrals are accepted for FDG, DOTATATE, CT, and PSMA. All referrals are booked promptly with quick turn around on results as timing of PET/CT diagnostic screening matters to help prevent or catch disease before it’s too late.

Your doctor needs to fill out the referral Requisition Form for an appointment.

Our Leadership

Dr. Philip Cohen

Director

Dr Philip Cohen is Division Head, Nuclear Medicine, Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, and Section Head, Nuclear Medicine, Doctors of BC. He is a pioneer in Nuclear Medicine in Canada and in the usage of 3-D imaging techniques to improve diagnosis of bone disease and injury in collaboration with the Medical Imaging Research Group at University of British Columbia. 

Dr Cohen has been involved in clinical research trials of new radiopharmaceuticals. To that effect, Cohen was the first recipient of a research grant from the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, one of several peer-reviewed awards that would follow.

Dr Robert Tarzwell, MD, FRCPC

Chief Medical Officer & Medical Director

Dr. Robert Tarzwell is a dual-certified specialist in psychiatry and nuclear medicine. His main area of clinical and research interest is functional brain imaging in psychiatric disorders. He also has a strong interest in leadership of health and technology startups. He was on the medical advisory board of Medeo, a video telemedicine company, from its inception until its successful acquisition. He was a founding director of Electrameccanica Vehicles, a Vancouver-based electric car manufacturer, until it successfully completed its public uplist (NASDAQ:SOLO). He is also a cofounder of Viewers Like You Productions, a Vancouver-based film production company, and he was executive producer of VLY’s first feature film, Focus. He is excited and honoured to begin his newest role as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director of INITIO. 

As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Tarzwell pursues his goals with vigour, as demonstrated by his co-authoring of the largest functional neuroimaging study ever published, which garnered recognition as the 19th of the top 100 Stories in Discover Magazine (2015).

Dr. Tarzwell holds an MD (Manitoba, 2001), Psychiatry (Dalhousie, 2006), and Nuclear Medicine (UBC, 2011).

The Clinic Team

Dr Rajpaul Attariwala, M.D., PhD, FANM, FRCPC

Nuclear Medicine Radiologist & Biomedical Engineer

A board-certified radiologist and molecular medicine physician certified in both Canada and the US. Dr Attariwala received his formal training at UBC, along with specialized medical training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre (New York), UCLA, and USC. He also holds a doctorate in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). 

Dr. Attariwala brings expertise in INITIO’s diagnostic protocols and is committed to ensuring that molecular medicine is practiced to the highest standards of scientific and technical proficiency, efficacy, and safety.

Wilson Lo, RTNM, CTIC, BSc

Nuclear Medicine and CT Technologist

With a Bachelor of (Life and Mathematical) Sciences from UBC and Nuclear Medicine and Computed Tomography Technology Diploma from BCIT, Wilson has worked at INITIO since 2015; his duties include receiving and preparing patients for their procedure(s), calibrating and administering radiopharmaceuticals, as well as performing and processing PET/CT and CT scans. 

Wilson appreciates the opportunity for learning that his position affords, is excited to see the development of medical technology and values helping people by discovering information that is critical to their health. To every aspect of his work, Wilson brings to bear his belief that the best outcomes for people are achieved by offering the best care that is at the forefront of medical science.

The Clinic

Our clinic is welcoming and designed for patient comfort. We encourage accompaniment and support by family members and friends. Focused on individualized patient needs and care; we offer a private, comfortable room in which patients can receive their radiopharmaceutical injection and relax while preparing for their scan. 

INITIO is conveniently located near Highway 1 and easily accessible from Exit 29 Willingdon Ave. There is plenty of parking; validation is available.