We hope the overview of our services on this page assists you with your visit to the Radiology Department
All bookings are made through 207-564-4243, Mary Bennett.
Radiology Department’s X-ray
Monday through Friday: staffed 24 hours/day
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (on-call thereafter)
We ask that all X-rays be scheduled through the doctor’s office even if an evening or weekend appointment is preferred.
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pregnancy, Abdomen, Pelvic, Carotid, Venous Doppler study and breast imaging.
Ultrasound is a high-frequency wave that can’t be heard by the human ear and is sent into the body through a “transducer” shaped like a microphone. When those waves reach interior organs they bounce back, creating an echo that forms a picture on a television monitor. The image is then transmitted to the PACS (picture archiving and communication system), and interpreted by a physician who specializes in reading these examinations. Most examinations take between 30-60 minutes.
Imaging Center for Women
The Imaging Center for Women is a special suite designed with the female patient in mind. Located in the new Ambulatory Services Unit wing of the hospital, the center has a private dressing area and waiting room and is staffed by registered radiologic technologists who are female.
Screening and diagnostic mammograms for breast cancer detection are done Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mayo has added a digital mammography system that provides physicians with precise all-digital images, rather than images on X-ray film. The images are clear and easy to read, offering better views of the breast. Digital mammograms take as little as half the time film does, and the image can be sent electronically to a consulting physician instantaneously. The shorter exam time results in improved patient comfort, with faster results and fewer callbacks.
Screening tests for osteoporosis are available Monday through Friday afternoons.
CT Scans (Computerized Tomography)
24-hour coverage – 7 days a week – for emergency patients
Scheduled appointments Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Abdomen, Head, Spine, Chest, Pelvis, and extremities are done. Mayo’s CT scanner is state-of-the-art technology, featuring spiral capabilities.
A CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that produces three-dimensional pictures of a cross-section of a part of the body. CT scans can detect some conditions that conventional X-rays cannot, and the scans can often replace certain diagnostic techniques such as exploratory surgery. CT scans are also helpful in monitoring a patient’s progress during or after treatment.
CT scans can show brain structures, where conventional X-rays cannot. CT scans can also distinguish body bone, tissue, fat, gas, fluid, etc. Scans can determine if a growth is solid or cystic (fluid-filled) and if an organ’s size and shape are normal.
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 6 a.m. to4 p.m.
Nuclear medicine is a non-invasive way for doctors to scan bones for cancer, blood clots, and other conditions. Nuclear medicine procedures provide information about both the anatomy of the body and the function of its organs. A chemical compound with a small amount of radioactive substance is administered either by injection into the vein, by mouth through a breathing device or by some other method to place it in the body. After waiting a certain amount of time the body is placed near a camera and different images will be taken. These images may be seen immediately on a TV monitor and will be preserved on the PACS system for later study. The results can then be compared with the results of other tests, such as routine X-rays, to reach a complete understanding of the medical problem.
If cancellation occurs, a 24-hour notice should be given as the radioisotopes for these procedures are expensive and can only be used on the day they are ordered.
Scanning Monday through Thursday
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. Your doctor uses these detailed, clear images to identify and diagnose a wide range of conditions.
MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctor to examine your body, in particular, your brain, neck, spinal cord and soft tissues. MRI often helps with the diagnosis of central nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, because it produces such high-resolution images of the brain and spinal cord.
MRI is also used to: Identify brain tumors, strokes and chronic disorders of the nervous system; Reveal brain abnormalities in people with dementia; Diagnose diseases of the pituitary gland; Locate eye or inner ear tissue abnormalities; Identify damage caused by heart attack or heart disease; Detect blood vessel plaques and blockages; Identify and diagnose bone and joint damage; Identify bone and joint infections, injuries, degenerative disorders and tumors; Reveal tumors and functional disorders in organs such as the lungs, liver, pancreas, kidney and spleen; Detect breast cancer; Detect reproductive system and bladder problems.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An ultrasound test to indicate cardiac abnormalities and function