St. Francis News

6/7/2021 8:00:00 AM CENTRAL
Updated: 6/7/2021 10:10:17 AM CENTRAL
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St. Francis Regional Medical Center Innovates by Providing State-of-the-art Mobile Digital PET/CT Scanner
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Shakopee, MN – St. Francis Regional Medical Center announces the implementation a state-of-the-art mobile digital PET/CT scanner from United Imaging. 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.

By using United Imaging’s uMI 550 mobile PET/CET technology, St. Francis will deliver the most advanced technology in the field, providing care patients would expect at a larger metro hospital, closer to home.  

“We’re providing the mobile digital PET/CT because it is the highest, most modern standard of care and we believe the state-of-the-art technology will help better diagnose and treat patients right here in our community. Patients won’t need to drive to the Twin Cities for this advanced technology, meaning they can keep their care close to home,” says Jen Kroska, manager of diagnostic imaging and radiology at St. Francis Regional Medical Center.

United Imaging’s uMI 550 features faster scans that can detect smaller lesions with lower radiation doses, all while producing higher-quality images in a welcoming, comfortable environment. The system is designed to expand clinical capacity and allow healthcare providers to provide more exams for more patients.

The new technology is available to St. Francis through a partnership with Shared Medical Services (SMS) via a mobile unit stationed near the St. Francis Cancer Center. Through a strategic collaboration with United Imaging, SMS is the first in the United States to offer a mobile digital PET/CT unit.

Scans are available by appointment at St. Francis. Interested community members should speak to their providers about referral to the PET/CT scanner at St. Francis.

About St. Francis Regional Medical Center

St. Francis Regional Medical Center is owned by Allina HealthHealthPartners Park Nicollet and Essentia Health. This unique structure combines the care and compassion of a community hospital with the advanced medical technology, specialties and expertise of industry-leading health systems. St. Francis provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency care services on a collaborative medical campus with more than 30 affiliated clinics and 450 providers in the community

About Shared Medical Services

As an employee-owned company based in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, SMS operates one of the largest certified mobile diagnostic imaging fleets in the country. To learn more, visit United Imaging produces the uMI 550 provided to St. Francis Regional Medical Center. To learn more about United Imaging and the uMI 550, click here.