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Services Cancer Center

MRI Technology

Technology

St. Francis Cancer Center has the latest in cancer technology at our facility, including:

Siemens Linear Accelerator

This state-of-the-art machine administers computer–controlled, image-guided radiation therapy, minimizing toxicity yet delivering higher doses of radiation to a smaller treatment target. The result is a more precise treatment delivery and, therefore, the ability to offer more potent levels of radiation.

PET/CT Scanner

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that shows how organs and tissues are working. Before a PET scan, the patient will drink something called a tracer, that helps the scan find disease.

Dual-source CT Scanner

A computed tomography (CT) scan is a test that uses x-rays to create cross-sectional pictures of the body. A dual-source scanner takes pictures in less than one heartbeat, and requires patient's to hold their breath for only a few seconds, making it more comfortable for many patients.

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in Minnesota to have this technology. This allows patients to receive the best possible care without traveling to Abbott Northwestern Hospital or the Mayo Clinic.

Digital Mammography

A digital mammogram is similar to a traditional film screen mammogram. Both use x-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image, making the images immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis. The benefit to patients is that there is no waiting for film to be developed, reducing the time patients spend at St. Francis, as well as reducing the need for repeat exams due to under- or over- exposure.

For appointments and general information call 952.428.2151.

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