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Subspecialty Examinations


Radiology




Spectrum RadiologyYour exam or procedure will be scheduled by your physician. At most of our practice locations, the radiologists of Spectrum Medical Group are the only radiologists providing services so that scheduling your exam or procedure at these hospitals and facilities assures you that you will receive the highest quality care possible.

Spectrum radiologists are always available to referring physicians for consultation as to the most appropriate exam or procedure for your patients and to discuss the results of a test that has already been completed. Referring physicians may speak with a radiologist at any time by calling the main number at the patient's hospital or imaging facility and requesting to be connected to the radiology department.

Common Questions about Spectrum Radiology:

The Specialty of Radiology

Radiology is the branch of medicine that provides visualization of the inside of the human body. These views help in the early diagnosis and treatment of many conditions. A radiologist is a physician who is a specialist in radiology. Radiologists work side-by-side with primary care physicians, pediatricians, obstetricians, surgeons, oncologists and many other medical specialists to determine a patient's best treatment plan.

The field of radiology began in 1895 when Wilhem Roentgen discovered x-rays. Today this medical specialty includes highly sophisticated, computer-aided imaging technology for diagnostic procedures. Spectrum Medical Group's Radiology Division is comprised of both diagnostic and interventional radiologists.

Each year Spectrum radiologists perform professional radiology services for approximately 600,000 procedures including:

  • 70,000 mammograms
  • 42,000 ultrasound exams
  • 30,000 MRI exams
  • 10,000 angiography procedures

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Diagnostic Radiology

Diagnostic imaging tests provide valuable information for many medical conditions. By using non-invasive equipment, Spectrum radiologists can produce well-defined images that are important to physicians in developing treatment plans for patients. There are many different diagnostic radiology tests that a physician can order including plain film, fluoroscopy, barium study, MRI, CT, biopsy, ultrasound, arthrogram, PET, and nuclear medicine, to name but a few. Spectrum sub specialists perform a broad range of both routine and highly complex diagnostic procedures in the areas of:

  • gastrointestinal (digestive tract) radiology
  • genitourinary (urinary system organs and reproductive system organs) radiology
  • chest radiology
  • bone radiology
  • mammography (breast imaging)
  • neuroradiology (head, neck, and spine imaging)

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Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)

A CT or CAT scan is a valuable, painless diagnostic test that allows radiologists to see inside areas of the body using special x-ray equipment. The CT scan obtains images from different angles around the body and then reconstructs those images, using computer technology, into pictures of the anatomy inside the body. Areas of the body that may undergo a CT scan include the brain, sinuses, face, neck, chest, abdomen (liver, kidney, pancreas, etc.), pelvis, bones, joints, and spine. CT can also guide biopsies and fluid aspiration and drainage.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (MRA)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a painless diagnostic test that allows radiologists to see inside areas of the body that cannot be seen using conventional x-rays. MRI scanners use a very strong magnet and radio waves to produce cross-sectional views in multiple planes. Areas of the body that may undergo an MRI include the brain, joints, spine, soft tissue masses, abdominal organs, and pelvis. MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography) evaluates arteries or veins throughout the body.

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Neuroradiology

Neuroradiology is the specialty of radiology that helps in the diagnosis of diseases of the nervous system. Spectrum neuroradiologists provide a full range of services including MRI and CT of the head, neck, and spine, fluoroscopic-guided lumbar punctures, myelography, specialized angiographic procedures, and neuro interventional procedures.

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine studies provide information about the structure of an organ and, most importantly, provide information about organ function. It is useful in the early diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical conditions. In a nuclear medicine study, patients typically receive an intravenous injection of a minute trace of radioactive material that highlights the organs under review. A PET (positron emission tomography) scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging that provides images that pinpoint the location of abnormal metabolic activity within the body.  Other tests, called radioassay procedures, involve no radiation exposure to the patient because radioactive material is added to the fluid specimen after the sample has been obtained from the patient. 

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Pediatric Radiology

Spectrum radiologists are highly experienced in caring for children and do everything possible to make both the child and the parents feel comfortable throughout any procedure. Using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment, many tests can be performed without the need for sedation. When necessary, sedation is available. Spectrum radiologists provide children with the following diagnostic testing services:

  • x-rays
  • ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • fluoroscopy, including GI (gastrointestinal) and GU (genitourinary / VCUG) studies
  • nuclear medicine

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of the body's organs. Since no radiation is involved, it is a safe procedure to evaluate anatomy in the abdomen, pelvis, neck, and blood vessels (Doppler ultrasound). Spectrum radiologists perform a full range of ultrasound testing as well as ultrasound-guided biopsies and fluid aspiration or drainage.

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Preparing for your Visit

Your doctor's office will provide you with information on how to prepare for your scheduled test, procedure, or treatment. In addition, general information on preparing for your specific exam is provided in the procedures section of our web site. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the hospital radiology department.

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When to Arrive:

You should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This allows time for you to complete any necessary paperwork, change your clothes, if needed, and answer questions from one of our technologists about your medical history.

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What to Wear:

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of your exam or procedure. Depending on the exam or procedure, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will be instructed beforehand if there is anything special you should not wear. For more detailed information about how to prepare for a specific exam, see our procedures section.

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Obtaining Radiology Test Results

Rapid results are essential not only for your peace-of-mind, but also for your physician to begin planning your treatment immediately. We forward your results to your physician who will discuss them with you.

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How to Reach Us

Please feel free to contact the radiology or radiation therapy department at the hospital where you are scheduled to have your exam or procedure any time if you have questions.

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Focusing on Quality

Our physicians work hard to optimize Spectrum Medical Group's continuous quality improvement program. Quality of care delivered to patients, physician and patient satisfaction, and improvement of the efficiency with which care is provided are very important to us and regularly reviewed. Our commitment in these areas sets the standard of care at the highest level and ensures the best possible outcomes for our patients.

We welcome patient comments and feedback as an important element in helping us to improve our services. If you would like to provide us with comments, we hope you will call, write, or e-mail us.

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Spectrum Medical Group Radiologists

As an integral part of the medical team, the physicians of Spectrum Medical Group's Radiology Division specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases by obtaining and interpreting medical images. Our radiologists have had four years of medical school with an additional radiology residency training. Many of our radiologists have additional subspecialty training or fellowship training in areas including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, pediatric imaging, nuclear medicine, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, breast imaging, and interventional radiology. All of Spectrum's radiologists are board-certified. Our physicians are committed to providing superior-quality radiology services to our patients. This includes our regular attendance at national and international conferences, and participation in teaching program for doctors at Maine Medical Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

In addition to the physician radiologist, the radiology care team may include a radiology resident. The radiology resident is a graduate physician (MD or DO) who is pursuing additional training in radiology.

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