The Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital Imaging Department performs thousands of inpatient and outpatient procedures annually in the hospital’s on-site imaging department.

With our onsite CT scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and a robust computer network infrastructure, we can capture, transmit and retrieve clinical images quickly and clearly for patient safety and health. 

Our staff comprises talented diagnostic imaging professionals with the support of round-the-clock radiologists.

You will receive two bills for your imaging exam:

  • A bill from Northern Light Sebasticook Valley Hospital for performing your test — to contact our Patient Accounts, call 207-487-4020 (tty: 487-4590)

  • A bill from the radiologist who reviewed and interpreted your test — to contact Pine Tree Radiology call 877-845-2926

Please call either phone number listed above with questions or concerns about your bills. You can securely pay all SVH bills on-line here.

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We offer a non-invasive diagnostic bone density screenings to measure bone mass for early detection of osteoporosis. This simple spine and hip scan can provide you and your provider with the information needed to determine if treatment is needed to protect your bones.

Please wear clothing without zippers to your screening. You should avoid barium products and any nuclear medicine exams for one week prior to your screening. Please do not take any calcium tablets (including antacids) for 12 hours before your exam.

For more information or for assistance making an appointment, please call 207-487-4039.

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A CT scan combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of the inside of the body. CT scans reveal more detail of internal organs than regular x-ray exams.

CT scans are available Mondays through Fridays, 9 AM to 4 PM. We can schedule appointments outside regular hours, if needed. To contact us, please call 207-487-4030.

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We offer digital mammography to our patients in a private, caring setting. The Women's Health Center pays special attention to the unique needs of our patients – from offering flexible appointments that fit around busy workdays or lifestyles, to our caring staff of healthcare professionals who appreciate the needs of the women who come to SVH for care each day. We can often schedule your mammogram and bone density screening within 48-hours.

We take pride in providing every woman with a softer, warmer mammogram by using MammoPad, a soft foam pad that serves as a cushion between you and the most sophisticated digital mammography equipment.

Our mammography service is approved for quality by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our staff of ARRT mammography registered technologists strive to ensure your mammography experience is as comfortable as possible.

For more information or for assistance with making an appointment, please call 207-487-4039.

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Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. It measures the shape of the heart’s chambers, the health of its valves, and its pumping action. Some echocardiograms require an injection of contrast through an IV to better demonstrate certain areas of the heart. The echocardiogram is reviewed and interpreted by a cardiologist who specializes in heart conditions.

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MRIs are safe, painless, and comfortable. There is no radiation and there are no harmful effects of any kind.

MRI is often a complementary procedure to other diagnostic exams such as x-ray, CT scans, or nuclear medicine. For certain studies, the injection of a contrast medium may be necessary to better view specific parts of the body.

An MRI combines a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and sophisticated computers to produce multiple images of muscles, joints, spinal structures, and internal organs. MRI allows doctors to view soft tissue, such as muscles, fat, and internal organs, without x-rays or surgery.

Patients are asked a series of questions before the exam to be sure they do not have metal in their bodies. They will also be asked to remove coins, wallets, clothing with metal on it, and certain types of jewelry before the scan. The MRI makes a loud repetitive knocking noise, and patients are given headphones to listen to music or ear plugs to muffle this noise.

We have partnered with NEHE/Alliance Imaging to provide a fixed MRI unit with scheduled exams Tuesday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Please call 207-487-4046 with any questions or concerns.

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We use filmless technology called PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). PACS uses a computer network designed for the acquisition, transmission, display, storage, and retrieval of digital medical images.

The benefits of PACS:

  • Quick access for providers to view images and reports, which facilitates timely and efficient clinical care decisions

  • Images can be transmitted to various PACS systems within Maine over a secure network established between facilities eliminating the need for patients to retrieve images prior to an appointment.

  • Images can be enhanced for clarity after the exam, reducing the need to return for additional imaging tests

  • Doctors have immediate access to images - which is essential in trauma or life-threatening illness situations

  • Images can be copied onto a compact disc

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Ultrasound examinations use specialized equipment to produce high quality images of structures inside the human body. An ultrasound exam involves using an instrument called a transducer, which sends high frequency sound waves into the body to detects their echoes as they bounce off internal structures. Various body tissues reflect these sounds waves differently. A computer translates this information to generate images of the structures that display on a computer monitor.

Ultrasound is used to examine many parts of the body. These anatomical structures may include the abdomen, gall bladder, thyroid, breast, obstetrics, uterus, ovaries, scrotum, and blood vessels. SVH staff employs the latest technology, providing adjustable monitors and keyboards to ensure ease of exam for our patients as well as safe practices for our ARDMS-registered technologists.

Ultrasounds are scheduled Mondays through Fridays from 8 AM to 4 PM. For more information, please call 207-487-4040.

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We offer computerized and digital x-rays that provide fast and clear images. Our registered technologists administer x-rays to patients on a walk-in basis every day from 7 AM to 8 PM. Please bring a written order for an x-ray from your doctor or request that one is faxed to SVH before your exam.

To contact us, please call 487.4030. Our fax number is 207-487-3976.

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