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Mariners Hospital Introduces Spect/Ct Technology

January 17, 2019

High-tech imaging machine considered game changer in stroke care

Tavernier, FL – January 17, 2019 – Mariners Hospital has added another promising new machine to its arsenal of advanced technologies: Through the generosity of donors – primarily those who supported the hospital’s 2018 Bougainvillea Ball – SPECT/CT is now offered at the facility.

Considered a game changer in stroke care, SPECT/CT – representing single-photon emission computed tomography fused with computed tomography – can more clearly identify problems such as tumors, brain injuries and spinal fractures. In stroke care, the fine image detail shows how blood flows through arteries and veins in the brain and reveals blood-deprived areas following a stroke. It’s yet another major step in Mariners Hospital’s quest to become an accredited stroke center.

For every minute a stroke is left untreated, an estimated 1.9 million neurons are destroyed. Clearer images increase the reading capability of physicians, enabling them to initiate earlier treatment decisions that improve patient outcomes. SPECT/CT technology also lowers patients’ exposure to radiation.

“It is our mission to provide our community with medical care that is truly state-of-the-art,” said Rick Freeburg, chief executive officer, Mariners Hospital. “We’re grateful to the 2018 Bougainvillea Ball supporters and other donors whose generosity allowed us to obtain this promising new technology.”

About Mariners Hospital
Mariners Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 10 hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has more than 19,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

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