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CT Scan

Did you know that over 80 million CT scans are performed each year in the United States according to the National Cancer Institute?

This staggering number highlights the incredible value and trust placed in it as a diagnostic tool–and Alliance Imaging understands the critical role it plays in healthcare. Utilizing our state-of-the-art equipment and highly-trained professionals, we are proud to offer this vital service to deliver accurate, reliable results to you.

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What is a CT Scan?

Computed Tomography is a diagnostic exam that utilizes advanced technology, providing you with more detailed images than a general X-ray exam. It captures cross-sectional images of your body, allowing radiologists to see intricate details of your bones, internal organs, soft tissue, as well as your blood vessels.

Why is a CT Scan Performed?

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Monitoring and Detecting Ailments

CT scans may be used in preventive care, and they can monitor as well as detect a wide variety of ailments such as heart disease, liver masses, cancer, or lung nodules.

Diagnosing Bone and Muscle Disorders

From fractures to bone tumors, CT helps diagnose a range of bone or muscle disorders through its detailed images that allow your doctors to identify issues that might not be visible with other imaging methods.

Monitoring Treatment Effectiveness

If you're undergoing treatment for a condition like cancer, CT scans may be used to monitor the effectiveness of your treatment. By comparing images over time, our radiologists and your provider can see how your body and the disease are responding to it.

Identifying the Location of Health Issues

Whether it's a blood clot, infection, or a tumor, CT pinpoints the location of these issues for your effective treatment.

Guiding Medical Procedures

As an invaluable roadmap for healthcare professionals, CT may be used to guide procedures such as pain management injections to provide detailed images of the area of your body to be treated.

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What To Expect


Upon your arrival, you'll be asked about your health history and may need to change into a hospital gown to ensure clear images during your scan.

Safety Measures

Although we use X-ray radiation to obtain high-quality imaging, we've put stringent measures in place to minimize your radiation exposure. Our advanced equipment and protocols are designed to keep your radiation dose as low as possible while still providing clear, detailed images for your accurate diagnosis.

During the Exam

You'll be positioned on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. An IV or oral contrast (FDA-approved compound) may be required to highlight certain areas of your body structures, making it easier for our radiologists to distinguish between normal and abnormal conditions.

Time Frame

A CT scan generally takes between 5 and 20 minutes.

How Do I Prepare?

Preparation varies depending on the type of scan. 

If you wear a medical device that can’t be radiated, it will need to be removed or turned off prior to the exam.

You may be asked to fast or avoid certain medications. Rest assured, we'll provide you with specific instructions before your appointment.

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Why Choose Alliance Imaging For Your CT in St. Cloud

Our team is dedicated to providing you with excellent care and comfort while creating a welcoming environment that prioritizes your safety and well-being. Our state-of-the-art technology provides you with high-quality, detailed images that ensure accurate readings and timely results. Rest assured that you're in good hands with us.

Learn more about our CT Scan services or schedule your appointment by contacting us at 320-255-6530.

  • Do I need a referral for a mammogram?
    No, a referral is not necessary to schedule a mammogram, but you should check with your insurance provider to ensure it’s covered.
  • Is the radiation from a mammogram harmful?
    No, as it only uses a very small dose of radiation--extremely low.
  • Can men have mammograms?
    Yes, while rare, they can also get breast cancer. If a man has symptoms such as a lump in the breast, a mammogram may be recommended.
  • What if I have implants?
    You can, and should, have a mammogram if you have breast implants. Just make sure to inform your technologist before the procedure. Images of your breast are taken to ensure the implants are intact, then followed by another set of images of just your breast tissue.
  • What happens if my mammogram shows something abnormal?
    Not all abnormalities are cancerous. If something unusual is seen, we may order additional tests to determine the cause, which could include additional imaging or a biopsy for analysis.
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