About Spectrum's Pathology Division
- A Full-Range of Services
- Information for Patients: Obtaining Test Results
- Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Services
- Emphasis on Quality
- State-of-the-Art Techniques
- Value Added Services
- Conferencing and Education Support
Spectrum Medical Group's Pathology Division provides a full-range of professional anatomic and clinical pathology services to hospitals, doctors, and physician-owned laboratories. We are committed to providing local, point-of-care services and to being accessible as pathology consultants. As a result, it is our privilege to work with hospitals, physicians, and laboratories recognized for excellence.
Rapid results are important not only for your peace-of-mind, but also for your physician to begin planning your treatment as soon as possible. We forward your results as soon as possible to your physician who will review them with you.
Pathologists are physicians who specialize in identifying the nature, origin, progress, and cause of disease by analyzing body tissues and fluids. Anatomic pathologists perform autopsies and analyze tissues taken from patients during surgery or by biopsy. Clinical pathologists, on the other hand, analyze chemicals and cells in blood, sputum, bone marrow, and urine to diagnose dis ease. The Pathology Division's emphasis on sub-specialization allows us to cover most areas of anatomic and clinical pathology, with a pathologist specifically trained in the areas below.
- Dermatopathology (analysis of tissue from the skin)
- Gastrointestinal Pathology (analysis of tissue from the gastrointestinal tract)
- Hematopathology (analysis of the immune system and tissue from the lymph system )
- Gynecologic Pathology (analysis of tissue from female reproductive system)
- Pulmonary Pathology (analysis of tissue from the lungs)
- Renal Pathology (analysis of tissue from the kidneys)
- Cytopathology (analysis of cells to look for damage or disease)
- Soft Tissue Pathology (analysis of soft tissue)
- Breast Pathology (analysis of tissue from the breast)
- Urologic Pathology (analysis of tissue from the urinary and urogenital tract)
- Flow Cytometry (the use of antibodies to diagnose leukemias and lymphomas)
- Molecular Pathology (analysis at the molecular level)
- Transfusion Medicine (analysis of how blood, blood components, or bone marrow is transferred from a healthy donor into the bloodstream of somebody who has lost blood or who has a blood disorder)
- Coagulation/Thrombosis (analysis of blood clotting)
- Immunology (analysis of the way the immune system works in the body, including allergies, resistance to disease, and acceptance or rejection of foreign tissue)
- Hematology (analysis of the blood and diseases of the blood)
- Microbiology/Parasitology (analysis of microscopic organisms and parasites)
- Laboratory Medical Directorship
Spectum's Pathology Division has developed a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program for surgical pathology and cytopathology. Our QA program includes extensive prospective peer review, analysis of frozen section accuracy and ongoing benchmarking with other institutions. We also regularly monitor turnaround times for surgical pathology and cytopathology reports. Our extensive cytopathology quality program allows us to feed back important practice or clinician-specific data, allowing improved and more cost-effective patient care.
Difficult or unusual cases are commonly referred to an array of nationally recognized pathologists at no charge to the patient or client.
The Pathology Division utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to provide the highest level of anatomic pathology diagnostic services to its clients. Ancillary anatomic pathology techniques include an automated immunohistochemistry laboratory with a comprehensive library of monoclonal antibodies for tumor diagnosis, prognostication and response to chemotherapy. Diagnostic panels are available for ease of ordering. (Technical services are provided in association with NorDx Laboratories.)
Flow cytometry and molecular pathology laboratories provide hematologic and solid tumor flow services as well as a variety of molecular diagnostics including B and T cell gene rearrangement studies, Human Papilloma Virus testing, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and in-situ hybridization (ISH/FISH). (Technical services are provided by NorDx Laboratories.)
Our cytopathology laboratories utilize both conventional and "Thin Prep" PAP smear technologies, as well as Autocyte technology for non-gynecologic cytology. We also offer rapid cytologic interpretation at the bedside or in the radiology suite.
Spectrum Medical Group's Pathology Division also offers
- Second opinion pathology services
- Subspecialty consultative services
- Clinical laboratory management and medical direction
- Pre-inspection laboratory evaluation
- Educational and clinical conferencing/teaching
- Intraoffice frozen section lab services
- Grossing services
We provide pathology expertise for a wide spectrum of clinical care conferences and support pathology teaching programs at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Southern Maine.
We also support educational experiences for rotating medical students and residents from a variety of programs.