About Pathology

Spectrum Pathology is committed to providing patients and referring physicians with the highest quality service available in Maine. From accurate test results to rapid turn around times to state-of-the-art advanced diagnostic techniques, Spectrum Pathology is committed to excellence.

We offer a full-range of specialized services, including immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology, to physician offices and health care facilities across a wide geographic area. Patients conveniently have lab work completed locally at their physician’s office or other health care facility while results are interpreted centrally at one of our three southern Maine locations. Patients can also sign up to receive an automatic e-mail reminding them to schedule regular screening tests for cancer and other diseases. Each year we provide professional services for the following:

  • 50,000 surgical pathology cases
  • 62,000 gynecologic cytopathology cases
  • 5,500 non-gynecologic cytopathology cases
  • 2,700 anatomic pathology flow cytometry cases
  • 75 autopsies

We are committed to being responsive to your needs and hope you will let us know how we can best serve you.

We Offer a Full Range of Services

Spectrum Healthcare Partners’ Pathology Division provides a full-range of professional anatomic and clinical pathology services to hospitals, doctors, and physician-owned laboratories. We are committed to providing local, point-of-care services and to being accessible as pathology consultants. As a result, it is our privilege to work with hospitals, physicians, and laboratories recognized for excellence.

State of the Art Techniques

The Pathology Division utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to provide the highest level of anatomic pathology diagnostic services to its clients. Ancillary anatomic pathology techniques include an automated immunohistochemistry laboratory with a comprehensive library of monoclonal antibodies for tumor diagnosis, prognostication and response to chemotherapy. Diagnostic panels are available for ease of ordering. (Technical services are provided in association with NorDx Laboratories.)

Flow cytometry and molecular pathology laboratories provide hematologic and solid tumor flow services as well as a variety of molecular diagnostics including B and T cell gene rearrangement studies, Human Papilloma Virus testing, Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and in-situ hybridization (ISH/FISH). (Technical services are provided by NorDx Laboratories.)

Our cytopathology laboratories utilize both conventional and “Thin Prep” PAP smear technologies, as well as Autocyte technology for non-gynecologic cytology. We also offer rapid cytologic interpretation at the bedside or in the radiology suite.

Emphasis on Quality

Spectum’s Pathology Division has developed a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program for surgical pathology and cytopathology. Our QA program includes extensive prospective peer review, analysis of frozen section accuracy and ongoing benchmarking with other institutions. We also regularly monitor turnaround times for surgical pathology and cytopathology reports. Our extensive cytopathology quality program allows us to feed back important practice or clinician-specific data, allowing improved and more cost-effective patient care.

Difficult or unusual cases are commonly referred to an array of nationally recognized pathologists at no charge to the patient or client.

Value Added Services

Spectrum Healthcare Partners’ Pathology Division also offers

  • Second opinion pathology services
  • Subspecialty consultative services
  • Clinical laboratory management and medical direction
  • Pre-inspection laboratory evaluation
  • Educational and clinical conferencing/teaching
  • Intraoffice frozen section lab services
  • Grossing services

Conferencing and Educational Support

We provide pathology expertise for a wide spectrum of clinical care conferences and support pathology teaching programs at MMC-Tufts University School of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Southern Maine.

We also support educational experiences for rotating medical students and residents from a variety of programs.