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Mid Coast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick (207) 373-6625

Mid Coast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging
Services Offered

Mid Coast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging
Services Offered

MRI Diagnostics

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI Diagnostics

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced, state-of-the art imaging method which produces very clear images of the human body without the use of x-rays. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, an antenna, and a computer to produce these images.

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Before Your Test:

  1. After your physician’s office schedules an appointment, the MRI screening staff will contact you to screen for implants, recent surgeries, and other pertinent MRI safety questions.
  2. Tell your physician if you are or may be pregnant. Though MRIs are safe for pregnant women, contrast material should not be used.

What to Expect:

  1. MRI procedures take place at Mid Coast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging.
  2. When you arrive at the hospital, register at Central Registration located behind the information desk.
  3. Once registered, proceed to Diagnostic Imaging and check in with the receptionist to let he/she know you have arrived.
  4. For an MRI, you can expect that you will be at the hospital for approximately 30 minutes.

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CT Scan Diagnostics

Computed Tomography (CT) Scans

CT Scan Diagnostics

Computed Tomography (CT) scans are diagnostic imaging tests used to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels. The cross-sectional images generated during a CT scan can be used to generate three-dimensional images.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids so you remain well hydrated.
  2. Do not eat anything for 4 hours prior to arrival. Only drink clear liquids.
  3. Take your normal medications as directed.

What to Expect:

  1. CT scans take place at Mid Coast Hospital Diagnostic Imaging.
  2. When you arrive at the hospital, register at Central Registration located behind the information desk.
  3. Once registered, proceed to Diagnostic Imaging and check in with the receptionist to let he/she know you have arrived.
  4. For a CT scan, you can expect to be at the hospital for anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours, depending on the type of test.
  5. Some tests involve the use of intravenous (IV) or oral contrast.
Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine imaging uses small amounts of radioactive material, a special camera, and a computer to create images of the inside of your body. It is a safe method used to diagnose a variety of conditions.

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Before Your Test:

  1. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, tell your physician before scheduling a nuclear medicine procedure.
  2. Discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies, or medications you are taking with your physician.
  3. Your physician will instruct you on what you may eat or drink before the test.

What to Expect:

  1. Nuclear medicine tests are noninvasive. The material may be injected intravenously, swallowed, or inhaled as a gas.
  2. The radioactive material used for nuclear medicine leaves the body quickly. Drink plenty of water after your scan to flush it from your system.
  3. Most nuclear imaging scans last 20-60 minutes, though some may be conducted over the course of several hours or days. In some cases, you may receive material one day and return for the scan on another date.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Cardiac catheterization evaluates coronary artery and heart disease as well as congestive heart failure. During the procedure, a long, thin tube called a catheter is gently advanced from a blood vessel in the groin or arm into the arteries. Contrast dye is injected and visualized using X-ray.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Cardiac catheterization procedures take place in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Mid Coast Hospital.
  2. When you arrive at the hospital, register at Central Registration located behind the information desk.
  3. Once registered, proceed to the Surgical Services desk and check in with the receptionist to let he/she know you have arrived.
  4. For a cardiac catheterization, you can expect that you will be at the hospital for at least several hours and possibly overnight.

What to Expect:

  1. After checking in, you will be escorted to a private room in the Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU).
  2. You will change into a gown, vital signs will be taken, and an IV will be placed.
  3. Cardiac catheterization is generally performed using a local anesthetic and light sedation.
  4. You will be transported to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab for the procedure and then back to your room in the ACU. Once back in your ACU room, the physician will speak with you and your family.

Angiography

Angiography, also known as an angiogram, uses a contrast material injection and one of three imaging technologies and to produce pictures of blood vessels in the body.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Tell your physician if there is a chance you may be pregnant. If breastfeeding, pump milk ahead of time to use while the contrast leaves your system, approximately 24 hours after the test.
  2. Discuss all recent illnesses, medical conditions, medications, and allergies.
  3. If you are being sedated, do not eat or drink for eight hours before your procedure. Plan to have someone drive you home.

What to Expect:

  1. Due to the use of contrast, angiography procedures last several hours. Your doctor may admit you to the hospital overnight if you are sedated.
  2. You will be asked to wear a gown.
  3. Prior to the procedure, you should use the restroom.
  4. Your radiologist or cardiologist will study the test as it is being completed. Certain conditions may be treated during the procedure.
  5. Though you will not feel the equipment used during the procedure, the contrast material may cause a warm or slight burning sensation.
  6. You may resume your normal diet immediately after the exam. Resume all other normal activities 8-12 hours after the angiography procedure.
X-ray at Mid Coast Hospital

X-ray

X-ray at Mid Coast Hospital

An X-ray produces images of the structures and bones inside your body. X-ray beams pass through your body, and they are absorbed in different amounts depending on the density of the material they pass through.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Before scheduling an X-ray, tell your physician if you are or may be pregnant. Though X-rays are safe, unborn babies should not be exposed to them.
  2. Tell your physician if you are allergic to barium or iodine.

What to Expect:

  1. X-rays are offered at all of our Diagnostic Imaging locations.
  2. If you are given contrast as part of your X-ray procedure, tell your technologist and physician how you feel during and after the procedure.
Ultrasound Echocardiogram

Ultrasound

Ultrasound Echocardiogram

Ultrasound imaging captures pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. It is a safe, noninvasive test that helps healthcare providers diagnose a number of medical conditions. Ultrasound is also used to examine babies in pregnant women.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Ask your doctor if there are any special instructions to follow prior to your test. Most do not have any special instructions, but certain tests may require you to not eat for several hours prior to the test. Others may require you to drink water.
  2. Take your normal medications as directed.

What to Expect:

  1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and leave jewelry at home.
  2. You may be asked to wear a gown.
  3. You will be asked to lay down on an examination table.
  4. The radiologist or sonographer will place warm water-based gel to your skin over the area being examined. The gel will be wiped off after the exam.
  5. A small handheld device called a transducer will be gently pressed against the gel. It will be moved back and forth to capture images.
  6. Typical ultrasound exams last 30 minutes or less.
  7. You may resume all normal activities after your test.
Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram

Echocardiogram

An ultrasound echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to create a moving, real-time picture of your heart.

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  1. Your physician may prescribe one or more types of echocardiogram.
  2. If your test will use contrast, drink only clear fluids and do not eat anything for four hours prior to the test.

What to Expect:

  1. Most tests take approximately 45 minutes to complete.
  2. For transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), a small ultrasound probe is inserted into the esophagus via the mouth. Anesthesia numbs the throat, and mild intravenous sedation may be used.
  3. For stress echocardiograms, treadmill or stationary bike stress testing or medication may be used to simulate exercise for the heart.
Mammography

Mammography

Mammography

Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early—before women experience symptoms—when it is most treatable. Screening mammograms are recommended annually for women beginning at age 40. Diagnostic mammograms are used to evaluate patients with abnormal clinical findings or to evaluate areas of concern.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Tell your doctor about any breast symptoms or problems, including prior surgeries, hormone use, and any personal or family history of breast cancer.
  2. Obtain copies of prior mammograms if done at a different location and send them to Women’s Imaging prior to your exam.

What to Expect:

  1. The Women's Imaging Center is located at 81 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1200.
  2. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be asked to wear a gown.
  3. Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion to your appointment.
  4. Screening mammograms typically take 15-25 minutes to complete. Diagnostic mammograms may take up to one hour to complete.
Bone Densitometry Scan

Bone Densitometry Scan

Bone Densitometry Scan

A bone densitometry, or Dual-Energy X-ray Absorption (DEXA) scan is a form of x-ray technology used to measure bone mineral density and bone loss. The scan is performed along the lower spine and across both hip joints.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Please notify us if you had a test using barium, CT or CAT scan contrast, or a nuclear medicine injection within one week of your appointment.
  2. Do not take calcium tablets for 24 hours prior to the exam.

What to Expect:

  1. Bone density exams are performed at the Women's Imaging Center, located at 81 Medical Center Drive, Suite 1200.
  2. DEXA scans are non-invasive, painless procedures that typically take 20 minutes to complete.
  3. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal buttons or zippers.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a type of imaging test that uses a radioactive sugar solution called a tracer to look for disease in the body.

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Before Your Test:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids to remain well hydrated.
  2. If your test will use contrast, drink only clear fluids and do not smoke or eat anything (including gum and mints) for four hours prior to the test.
  3. Do not exercise one day before your scan.
  4. Take your normal medications as directed.

What to Expect:

  1. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Please do not wear jewelry.
  2. You will receive an intravenous injection of a radioactive sugar solution. After the injection, you must relax for 45-60 minutes so that the solution can spread within your body. You may listen to quiet music, but you should not text, read, or perform other activities with your arms.
  3. Before the scan, you should use the restroom.
  4. PET scans typically take 30 minutes to complete. You will lay on your back with your arms by your side.
  5. After the scan finishes, you may return home. Scan results will be read by a radiologist and then sent to your physician.
 
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