PET/CT imaging services at Sacred Heart

Special to The Sun

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is now offering PET/CT imaging services in Miramar Beach. This addition of cancer-detecting technology was made possible, in large part, by a generous donation from The Dugas Family Foundation, as well as support from the Sacred Heart Charity Golf Classic.

“This precise imaging assists oncologists in detecting cancers in the earliest stages, when they are most treatable,” says Dr. Thomas R. Johnson, medical oncologist with Sacred Heart Cancer Center. “This imaging technology is vital in providing the most effective treatment plans for our patients.”

“Until now, patients needing PET/CT imaging had to drive out of our market,” says Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast. “Through the support of our community and The Dugas Family Foundation, we are proud to offer this leading-edge technology close to home.”

“After a month of installing, calibrating and testing our new PET/CT, we are excited to begin serving patients,” says Art Schnitzer, radiology manager at Sacred Heart Hospital. “This technology accomplishes a full, head-to-toe, low dose, 16-slice CT scan in one pass and proceeds directly into the PET scan with little need for repositioning patients, which means patients are more comfortable and spend less time being scanned.”

Computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic procedure using special X-ray equipment to obtain detailed cross-sectional pictures of organs, bones and other tissues. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a test that utilizes an injected radiotracer, which seeks out areas in the body with increased metabolism, such as cancer tumors. The signals produced by this “tracer” agent are then detected and converted to images of the tumors that help physicians detect cancers in their earliest stages.

 Sacred Heart’s PET/CT services are located in the first floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to Sacred Heart Hospital at 7720 US Hwy 98 West, Suite 140, in Miramar Beach. Providers may call 850-278-3800 to schedule a procedure.