CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Health System is now the first hospital in the region to use a new state-of-the-art scanner to detect cancer.

The new Biograph Vision PET/CT scanner from Siemens reduces the time needed to get an image, leading to clearer diagnoses in less time for patients.

UVA Health Radiologist Matthew Calvarese says this is all thanks to the image quality from the scanner.

“The image quality that we can achieve from this camera is so sensitive, we're giving better diagnosis to the patient," he said. "Also, the scan time is shorter, so we're actually able to scan patients faster to get the information over to ordering physicians and help them achieve a diagnosis and treatment.”

UVA Health has been trying to get this camera for months but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the system didn't arrive until now.