Radiologists

Our Radiologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating disease and injury by using medical imaging techniques. Individually, they have completed at least 13 years of training, including medical school, licensing, a four-year residency, and often a one-to-two-year fellowship of specialized training, and are at the forefront of imaging technology. Our radiologists are experts in medical imaging and can recommend further scans or treatments when necessary.

Louis Wetzel, M.D.

LOUIS WETZEL, M.D. was born in Moline, Illinois in 1956. He spent his grade school years in Emporia, Kansas and High school in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Wetzel's family roots are deep in Kansas! His family settled near Junction City, Kansas in the 1850's and his great grandfather held the first Lutheran church service in Kansas. His father is a Professor at KSU in Grain Science and his mother was a grade school teacher.

At the age of 21, Dr. Wetzel broke his neck in a terrible car accident and had to wear a halo brace for 5 months during his senior year of college. He didn't give up, though, and graduated from Kansas State University (KSU) with a BA in Chemistry in 1978. He also received an Exchange Scholarship to Germany for one semester. In 1982, he graduated from Kansas University Medical Center with his Masters and completed his residency in Radiology in 1986, as well as a Fellowship in MRI at the University of California Hospitals, in San Francisco.

Dr. Wetzel married Jane Clare Bichelmeyer from Shawnee, Kansas in 1979 and together, over the last 29 years, have parented six beautiful children. Their youngest is a junior in high school and the oldest just married in September, 2008. Dr. Wetzel is currently a professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Kenneth Jacob, M.D.

KENNETH JACOB, M.D., Medical Director of Radiology Services at Bates County Memorial Hospital, interprets the MRI procedures. Dr. Jacob is Board Certified in Radiology and has been reading medical MRI scans since 1986. He is a former chairman of Diagnostic Radiology at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri.

Dr. Jacob is the medical director at Regional MRI in Overland Park, Kansas, and the medical imager for Garden City Diagnostics in Garden City and Dodge City Diagnostics in Dodge City, Kansas. Both of these facilities have the Hitachi AIRIS II system. Dr. Jacob works closely with the medical staff and MRI technologists to ensure imaging techniques for optimal image quality for patients.