The Radiology Department at Pen Bay Medical Center is dedicated to serving the needs of area physicians and patients in the delivery of superior, cost-effective radiologic services and consultations on all levels of care.
The department is staffed by three radiologists who are certified by the American College of Radiology.
These physicians have received special training in the interpretation and performance of medical imaging procedures.
Radiologic technologists work at the "heart" of radiology -- they greet patients, comfort them, explain and perform the patient's exam, and then send them off with directions, instructions and kind words.
Technologists are "people persons" who can make all the difference in whether or not a patient's experience at the hospital is a positive one, physically and emotionally. Our department has received numerous letters from patients attesting to the kindness and caring of our technologists.
Radiologic technologists work in X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, digital mammography, nuclear imaging, and in management positions. Radiologic technologists have the chance to become clinical super-users (equipment experts), to demonstrate equipment during site visits, and get involved in improving day-to-day clinical operations -- everything.
In 2004, Pen Bay Medical Center joined with several other hospitals in the state and with Kennebec Valley Community College jointly organized a training program for radiographer students, who complete their clinical training in radiology at PBMC and other hospitals. The collaboration with KVCC has been exciting for our technical staff to participate in as teachers and role models, and has been successful in helping increase the pool of well-trained radiologic technologists in Maine.
In 1998, radiology hired its first nurse to monitor patients during angiographies. As technologists assumed specialized roles with increased responsibility, and as radiology added new procedures, the need for dedicated nurses to monitor and care for patients became clear. Today, radiology nurses work throughout the department, wherever patients require nursing care. The majority of their time is spent with invasive radiology exams to prepare patients for their procedures as well as manage their recovery and discharge.
In nuclear medicine, nurses assist with the care of patients undergoing cardiac exams.
Nurses monitor and assist with pain management for patients undergoing CT and US guided interventional procedures such as biopsies and drain placements as well as assisting with mammography biopsies.