BayCare Imaging Enhances Patient Experience with Cutting-Edge PET CT Scan

May 17, 2021


BayCare Imaging has brought a world-class digital PET/CT system to one of its Outpatient Imaging facilities. 

BayCare is the first health system in the region to provide access to an innovative imaging solution of this kind to its patients. This cutting-edge technology is available to adult and pediatric patients at BayCare Outpatient Imaging inside the Medical Arts Building at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa.

This new technology can help improve detectability, reduce radiation, improve efficiency and enhance the overall customer experience. 

“The PET/CT scan looks for cancers at the cellular level,” said Erica Sigler, director of BayCare Outpatient Imaging. "The technology helps provide more accurate detection and reduces scan time for adult and pediatric patients.”  

Besides its higher standards in detection and accuracy, the new digital PET/CT system creates an overall relaxed environment for the patients. The injection room includes comfortable recliners with ambient lighting, soothing music and sounds. 

“This innovative technology is a great addition to our campus,” said Sarah Naumowich, president of BayCare’s St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital. “It’s incredible to know that we’re constantly improving the patient experience and doing things better for them.”

The ambient environment elevates the patient’s experience to a whole new level. In the exam room, patients can select from several different themes empowering them to become an active participant in their care.  

“The lights, the music, and the shorter scan times help improve the overall experience for patients,” said Dr. Christopher Lazo, radiologist at BayCare Outpatient Imaging. “When patients are more comfortable, the images turn out clearer and there is less need for repeating scans. This is also beneficial for the doctor reading the scan and the provider getting the results.” 

BayCare Imaging provides convenient access to high quality, compassionate care to patients across the Tampa Bay area. Each center has a team of board-certified radiologists, accredited technologists, administrators and team members who provide quick results and a personalized service to patients.

BayCare Imaging offers a full range of diagnostic testing including digital x-rays, ultrasounds, 3D mammography, CT, PET/CT and MRI testing. It also offers minimally invasive interventions such as imaging guided biopsies, pain management and vascular procedures. 

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