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CT Scan

CT scans use X-rays to create highly detailed pictures of the body.

A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to create detailed cross-sectional pictures (“slices”) of the body. AMI offers the latest in CT technology, with a wider opening, lower radiation dose, and faster scan speeds for improved image quality and patient comfort.

AMI is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), so that you can rest assured in our ability to provide the quality diagnostic testing you need while adhering to the highest standards to ensure your overall well-being is protected.

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Types of MRIs

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce detailed pictures of the human body. As the radio waves pass through the body, images are created on a computer screen for radiologists to analyze.

Depending on the type of imaging and the area being scanned, we will recommend a specific MRI machine for your unique procedure.

MRI Type: 1.5Tesla

1.5T is ideal for scanning abdomens and chests, and has high accuracy for patients with certain implants.

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MRI Type: 3.0Telsa

3.0T imaging creates clear images of small bones and the breast, musculoskeletal, neurological, and vascular systems.

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MRI Type: Breast MRI

Breast MRI is performed as a supplementary screening procedure alongside mammography.

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What it is

Types of Mammography

Screening mammography

Helps identify early detection of breast cancer, prior to symptoms — the point at which treatment is the most effective.

If there is cancer present, early detection can be life-saving. With 3D Digital Mammography, it is possible to detect small abnormalities much sooner than with traditional 2D scans. The smaller a tumor is when it's detected, the less likely the cancer cells will be able to spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnostic mammography

Helps investigate unusual symptoms or scan abnormalities.

If a patient has experienced symptoms such as discharge, tenderness, skin changes, or a lump, or a screening mammogram results in any abnormal findings, diagnostic mammography may be used as a follow-up. Diagnostic scans may be combined with other imaging methods for the greatest accuracy and precision. Your radiologist will help determine the best type of imaging to evaluate the area in question.

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Breast Biopsy

A biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the breast area for examination under a microscope. This procedure can help to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

AMI offers an advanced localization procedure prior to surgery, radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The RFID technology uses wireless radio waves to transfer data and identify objects by “tagging” breast lesions for surgical removal.

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review your images while a pathologist examines the biopsy. You will receive a personalized call within 72 hours of your procedure. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

Breast MRI

A breast MRI is a painless, highly accurate diagnostic test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the breast. Breast MRI does not use radiation, but uses a dye called Gadolinium, which is absorbed by breast tissue. The speed at which breast tissue absorbs the dye allows radiologists to find breast cancer. Highly sensitive breast MRIs are recommended by experts in the following situations:

Screening Exam

  • women at high risk for breast cancer
  • women with dense breast tissue
  • women with a history of breast cancer
  • assessing breast implants

Diagnostic Exam

  • determining extent of cancer after a new diagnosis of breast cancer – surgical planning
  • further evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen on mammography
  • assessing the effectiveness of certain types of chemotherapy before surgery

For more information on Breast MRI, click here

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review your images. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

Breast Ultrasound

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses sound waves to obtain a detailed picture of the soft tissue of the breast. It is a safe and painless procedure. It is often used in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram to assist the radiologist in diagnosing breast cancer. A breast ultrasound can determine whether a mass or lump is fluid-filled or solid. It can guide breast biopsies or cyst aspirations.

Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening

Screening breast ultrasound called Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS), is an annual test using ultrasound of both breasts, often in conjunction with screening mammography, to better evaluate dense breast tissue. Check with your healthcare provider to learn about your breast density and to see if you are a candidate for screening automated whole-breast ultrasound.

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review your images. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

SCHEDULING

Call 406-414-5201 to request one of these services.

Screening Breast MRI: Prior authorization from your insurance is required.

Automated Breast Ultrasound Screening: Insurance coverage may be available, deductible would apply.  If you select to pay out-of-pocket, the exam cost is $560.

What can I expect?

We'll do everything we can to make you comfortable during your scan. A radiology technologist will perform the CT scan. During the test, you’ll lie on a table inside a large, doughnut-shaped CT machine. As the table slowly moves through the scanner, the X-rays rotate around your body. It’s normal to hear a whirring or buzzing noise. Movement can blur the image, so you’ll be asked to stay very still. You may need to hold your breath at times.

Some patients having CT scans may need to fast or receive a contrast injection for their exam. You will be asked to obtain lab work prior to your appointment if you need the contrast injection. Most scans take less than 20 minutes.

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review the image the same day it is performed. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

Scheduling

CT is offered at AMI Main Campus. | Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

What can I expect?

We'll do everything we can to make you comfortable during your scan. A radiology technologist will perform the CT scan. During the test, you’ll lie on a table inside a large, doughnut-shaped CT machine. As the table slowly moves through the scanner, the X-rays rotate around your body. It’s normal to hear a whirring or buzzing noise. Movement can blur the image, so you’ll be asked to stay very still. You may need to hold your breath at times.

Some patients having CT scans may need to fast or receive a contrast injection for their exam. You will be asked to obtain lab work prior to your appointment if you need the contrast injection. Most scans take less than 20 minutes.

Scheduling

CT is offered at AMI Main Campus. | Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

CT is offered at AMI Main Campus. | Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

What can I expect?

We'll do everything we can to make you comfortable during your scan. A radiology technologist will perform the CT scan. During the test, you’ll lie on a table inside a large, doughnut-shaped CT machine. As the table slowly moves through the scanner, the X-rays rotate around your body. It’s normal to hear a whirring or buzzing noise. Movement can blur the image, so you’ll be asked to stay very still. You may need to hold your breath at times.

Some patients having CT scans may need to fast or receive a contrast injection for their exam. You will be asked to obtain lab work prior to your appointment if you need the contrast injection. Most scans take less than 20 minutes.

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review the image the same day it is performed. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

Scheduling

CT is offered at AMI Main Campus. | Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

Scheduling

CT is offered at:
AMI Main Campus
Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

What can I expect?

We'll do everything we can to make you comfortable during your scan. A radiology technologist will perform the CT scan. During the test, you’ll lie on a table inside a large, doughnut-shaped CT machine. As the table slowly moves through the scanner, the X-rays rotate around your body. It’s normal to hear a whirring or buzzing noise. Movement can blur the image, so you’ll be asked to stay very still. You may need to hold your breath at times.

Some patients having CT scans may need to fast or receive a contrast injection for their exam. You will be asked to obtain lab work prior to your appointment if you need the contrast injection. Most scans take less than 20 minutes.

RESULTS

Our radiologists will review the image the same day it is performed. The results will be sent to your referring healthcare provider and are available to you via the Bozeman Health “MyChart” portal. If you don’t have a MyChart account and would like one click here.

Scheduling

CT is offered at AMI Main Campus. | Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

CT is offered at:
AMI Main Campus
Call 406-414-5201 to schedule an appointment. 

What to expect: during

Our technician will take you to our private CT room, where you will lie on a long, bed-like table that will slide in and out of a donut-shaped tunnel that is open on both sides. The machine will make a whirring noise as the x-ray “donut” rotates around you and takes images, but you will be able to hear and communicate with your technician the entire time. The scan itself will last between 10 and 30 minutes. 

  • Depending on what kind of imagery your healthcare provider is seeking, we may give you a contrast fluid prior to your scan either as a drink or IV. 
  • It is important to remain still, and you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds. 
  • Plan for about an hour for your full appointment — our technician will guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. The scan itself will last between 10 and 30 minutes.

What to expect: after

After the CT scan, you may go right back to your daily activities. CT scans are quick, easy, and painless, with zero recovery time. You will receive your results within a few days, and your primary healthcare provider who ordered the CT test will use the results to provide you with a personalized plan for care.

  • Your AMI radiologist will interpret the images and share them with your referring doctor, who will follow up with you to discuss your results.
  • If you received contrast fluid, be sure to hydrate well to help flush the dye from your system.

Free and low-cost screenings

Mammograms save lives. We want to ensure these critical screenings are accessible and affordable to everyone, regardless of personal insurance coverage or income. The Bozeman Health Mammogram Project and Montana Cancer Screening Program help cover the cost of annual screenings for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Please visit their websites to learn more and apply.

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Who Should Get Screened?

AMI follows the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force screening recommendations* for current or former smokers who are between the age of 50 to 80 years old, most Medicare plans cover ages 50-77, with a smoking history of at least 20 “pack years” and currently smoke or have quit in the last 15 years.

Lung cancer screening is a commitment—it is not a single scan but rather a monitoring program to catch any signs of lung cancer early, at its most treatable stage. Some people will have abnormal findings on their CT scans and others will need a once-a-year CT checkup. We are here to partner with you for whatever your personal needs may be.

*Recommendations made by the USPSTF are independent of the U.S. government. They should not be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FAQs

Our goal is to provide the best care and support — and the answers you need to make decisions with confidence.

Are CT scans safe?

There are very few risks associated with a CT scan. These include:

  • exposure to radiation
  • allergic reactions to contrast dyes
  • increased cancer risk with multiple scans

If you have an allergy to contrast material, your doctor may choose to do the scan without contrast. If using contrast is absolutely necessary, your doctor may treat you with steroids or other medications to help prevent an allergic reaction.

What is a CT scan used for?

A CT scan has many uses, but it’s particularly well-suited for diagnosing diseases and evaluating injuries. The imaging technique can help your doctor:

  • diagnose infections, muscle disorders, and bone fractures
  • pinpoint the location of masses and tumors, including cancer
  • study the blood vessels and other internal structures
  • assess the extent of internal injuries and internal bleeding
  • guide procedures, such as surgeries and biopsies

Will my insurance cover the cost of a CT scan?

Most health plans cover authorized CT scans. However, you may still have out-of-pocket costs such as copays, coinsurance, or deductibles.  CT and MRI scans almost always require that your insurance company “pre-authorize” or pre-approve the exam before it’s completed.  You should contact your insurance company for details.

Still have questions?

Contact us anytime. We would be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

CALL US
406.414.5200

Still have questions?

Contact us anytime. We would be happy to discuss any questions you might have.

CALL US
406.414.5200

Patient Resources

We believe patient-centered healthcare includes easier access to the knowledge you need to make decisions with confidence and peace of mind. Visit our Patient Resources page for important information about financial assistance and more.