Advanced Diagnostic Technology
NOTE: St. Francis Health Services and Allina Medical Clinic - Crossroads in Chaska have moved to Suite 220 in the new Two Twelve Medical Center located on the northeast corner of Highways 212 and 41 in Chaska.
Advanced diagnostic imaging can make all the difference to your health. St. Francis Diagnostic Services offers leading edge technology, a complete array of imaging services, a healing environment and a caring team of technologists, radiologists and staff that are focused on your satisfaction.
Patients will value the healing comfort and convenience of the services offered here on campus by our caring, professional and reliable staff. Physicians can rest assured knowing their patients are provided with an advanced level of care.
Our team of radiologists and technologists are all board certified and many hold advanced sub-specialty certifications. These imaging professionals will perform and interpret all imaging procedures with the utmost precision so that you receive the most accurate diagnostic information possible. St. Francis draws on the most advanced diagnostic equipment available including:
CAT Scan (CT)
A CAT scan is a test that takes pictures of structures within the body created by a computer that compiles X-ray images and turns them into pictures on a screen. The CT can reveal some soft-tissue and other structures that cannot even be seen in conventional X-rays. St. Francis’ Dual Source Definition Scanner is one of the fastest, most sophisticated CT scanners available, revolutionizing heart care.
Now is the time to get a Healthy Heart Scan! For more information or to schedule your Healthy Heart Screen, please call St. Francis Diagnostic Services at 952.428.2151 or view our Healthy Heart Scan page.
A MRI (or magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a radiology test that uses magnetism, radio waves, and a computer to produce images of body structures. The image and resolution produced by MRI is quite detailed and can detect tiny changes of structures within the body. We provide music for you to listen to during your study to help relaxation.
Bone density (DEXA) scanning measures bone mineral density, which helps a doctor decide whether a person is at increased risk of osteoporosis.
Digital mammography 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. This advanced machine delivers significantly less radiation than conventional mammography. This devise is extremely useful in the detection of breast abnormalities, often years before a lump can be felt. It is the best way to detect breast cancer at an early stage.
Uses high frequency sound waves that travel from the ultrasound probe through human tissue. This reflected sound is used by a computer to form a 3-D ultrasound image. It is commonly used in pregnancies and has many diagnostic uses as well. We have special ultrasound probes that enable us to visualize 3-D/4-D anatomy. This makes a very special experience for our expecting mothers.
Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of a special radiotracer material which is detected by special cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures. The amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a diagnostic x-ray. Nuclear medicine can help detect tumors, irregular or inadequate blood flow to various tissues, blood cell disorders, and inadequate functioning of organs.
CT Cardiac Imaging
Cardiac CT scans take detailed images of blood vessels to show whether they have narrowed. These tests are key in early detection of coronary artery disease. Overall, the study is used to show that heart disease is not present. Calcium scoring, otherwise referred to as a “heart scan,” is a quick test inclusive of a comprehensive report detailing the health of your heart.
Positron emission tomography (PET) is combined with a computed tomography (CT) scan to show images of the body tissues, anatomy, and biological functions of the body to reveal stages of disease. This service is provided in a mobile unit adjacent to the hospital.
Fluoroscopy uses x-rays to produce real-time video images. After the x-rays pass through the patient, they are captured by a device called an image intensifier and converted into light. The light is then captured by a TV camera and displayed on a video monitor. This is commonly used for visualization of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts.
Sleep studies are tests that watch what happens to your body during sleep. These studies are used to monitor, diagnose and suggest treatment for a variety of sleep disorders to help patients improve their health and quality of life
Echocardiograms are heart ultrasounds that are useful to evaluate the structure and function of the heart and associated vessels. Heart ultrasounds provide moving pictures of your heart that allow your doctor to evaluate your heart’s health. This ultrasound uses the same technology that allows doctors to see an unborn baby inside a pregnant mother.
An x-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body, particularly your bones.
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