News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Compass, April 24, 2014
Blue Hill Memorial Hospital expands services

Blue Hill Memorial Hospital Diagnostic Imaging announced “new and expanded” services for patients. In addition to increased MRI availability, stress echocardiograms and a new, state-of-the-art nuclear medicine camera are now offered in conjunction with Blue Hill Cardiovascular Medicine; all offering patients greater access to scheduling diagnostic tests close to home.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a medical imaging technique used to diagnose a variety of issues, was previously offered at BHMH only on Wednesdays. Now, MRI is offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

BHMH also began offering Stress Echocardiography in March. Stress echos are a service that combines two departments working together, imaging and cardiology. Stress Echocardiography combines supervised exercise along with ultrasound pictures of the heart before and immediately after exercise to assess cardiac function under an increased cardiac workload.

BHMH Nuclear Medicine is preparing for a state-of-the-art dual headed camera. This new camera will make obtaining higher quality images possible with faster image acquisition. For more information on these services, visit bhmh.org or call Blue Hill Diagnostic Imaging at 374-3999 or Blue Hill Cardiovascular Medicine at 374-3930.

Diagnostic Imaging manager Amy Houghton was recently appointed by Governor Paul LePage as a member of the Maine State Board of Radiologic Board of Examiners, a branch of the office of Professional and Occupational Regulation. The board comprises nine members consisting of radiologists, radiographers, a nuclear medicine technologist, radiation therapists, a radiation physicist and two public representatives.

Working in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office, the board is tasked with serving and protecting the public’s interest from dishonest, unethical and substandard practitioners.