Archive for the ‘Imaging’ Category

St. Mary’s Sonographers Earn Certification

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Congratulations to Doug Cilley and Jared Theberge who earned their certification as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS) by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). They specialize in performing Cardiac Echocardiography, commonly known as “echos.” RDCS’s take detailed pictures of a person’s heart using an ultrasound machine. The information they gather can tell a cardiologist a lot about the function of a person’s heart. Cilley and Theberge work in the Echo and Vascular Ultrasound imaging division at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. St. Mary’s now has a complete team of Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers. Credentials awarded by ARDMS document personal achievement of recognized professional standards and are widely accepted in the medical community by sonography and vascular professional organizations.

St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Department is proud to announce Mammogram Parties!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

You already know how important it is to have an annual screening mammogram. You’ve seen the studies and heard the reports. But you still don’t go because it’s not so fun — at least, until now.

St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Department is proud to announce Mammogram Parties! A mammogram party is a private event to lessen the anxiety about breast cancer screenings, have fun with friends, and ensure those around you get checked annually. The parties are held at the Women’s Imaging Department at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The party will be provided in a relaxed atmosphere that creates a more pleasant mammogram experience for everyone who attends. St. Mary’s will provide:

• Food & Beverages
• Educational demonstrations of the Liv breast self exam device
• Giveaways and FUN!

A screening mammogram is the best way to detect early breast cancer. Hosting a mammogram party shows your friends, family, neighbors or coworkers that you care about their health. Anyone age 40 and over can host a mammogram party. You can have up to 12 attendees over the age of 40 who will be screened in order for the party to take place. We except all major insurance plans, in addition to self-pay patients. We offer self-pay patients a discount at the time of service.

For more information about hosting a Mammogram Party, please visit us on the web.

Contact the Women’s Imaging Department at 777- 4059 and tell them you want to host a Mammogram Party!

Just a reminder that St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center will have extended Imaging & Lab Hours on Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Extended Imaging & Lab Hours on Friday, December 31, 2010

The imaging and lab departments will be open on the hospital-observed holiday: 

Imaging Hours

Screening Mammography                         8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Call 777-4059 to schedule an appointment

Women’s Ultrasound (MFM patients)      8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Call 777-4049 to schedule an appointment 

MRI                                                          8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Call 755-3700 to schedule an appointment   

Lab Hours 

Main Lab                                                   7:00 am – 12:00 pm 

**There will be someone present to register patients as they come in.**

Mammography Department Passes MQSA Inspection With No Faults Found

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Just one more point of distinguished service at St. Mary’s.

On November 15, 2010, St. Mary’s Mammography Department underwent their annual MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) inspection. This is the highest level of mandatory State and Federal compliance. Happily the inspection showed no areas of deficiency and we proudly demonstrated no areas of noncompliance. This inspection was our first full field digital federal inspection; and the mammography team was at their best.

Congratulations to all who worked very hard this year.

Radiologic Technology Week

Friday, November 5th, 2010

National Radiologic Technology week is celebrated from November 7 through 13 this year. On one fateful day, November 8, 1895, Dr. Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen could not have known the astounding and lasting effect his discovery of x-rays would have on the world. Being able to see the structures of the body without the surgical knife revolutionized medical care over 100 years ago. Today, we all benefit from advanced technologies that use x-rays, magnetic resonance, and ultrasound for imaging the internal structures.

Did you know that the radiologists who interpret the images at St. Mary’s are part of the elite group of Spectrum Radiologists who serve Maine Medical Center? Did you know that our Department of Imaging Services has 35 highly trained technologists? Twenty of them have credentials to perform exams in different modalities. This cross training is a big asset to ensure coverage in all areas during vacations and sick calls. Thirteen other staff members include radiology nurses and support personnel who are essential to the overall operation. As of September 30, the total number of imaging exams this year so far is 56,203. This exceeds 2009 figures.

During 2010, the Imaging Services Department has been given a fresh look with a new color scheme of blues and whites. Renovations are now complete in ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and cardiac stress testing, which contributes to a better patient experience.

In CT, our focus continues to be the acquisition of the clearest diagnostic images using the least amount of radiation. We still use the revised scanning protocols implemented in 2009, which produced dose reductions of 75% for head CTs, 66% for cervical spine CTs, and 50% for CTs of the lumbar spine and extremities.

Of course, the best approach is to make sure that the most appropriate imaging exam is done given the patient’s particular set of signs and symptoms. For example, best practice for pain in the right upper quadrant is an ultrasound of RUQ instead an x-ray. There is no radiation exposure with ultrasound or MRI exams. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria has an excellent guide to help physicians make the correct exam selection. When the guide is followed, it maximizes operational efficiency and helps to ensure patient safety. A link to the ACR website is now in Meditech and on the computer desktops of physician providers. Whenever radiology staff makes a site visit to a physician practice, the ACR Appropriateness Criteria is promoted then, too.