Pathology Services

When you and your doctor need diagnostic answers, Spectrum Pathology is here to help with a full range of advanced anatomic and clinical pathology services.

In fact, we are among the state’s top pathology services providers, performing more than 125,000 state-of-the-art tests annually for doctors, hospitals and physician owned laboratories throughout Maine.

Here’s an overview of the subspecialty pathology services we provide:

Anatomic Pathology

  • Breast pathology: Analysis of tissue from the breast to diagnose breast disease, including cancer
  • Cytopathology: Microscopic examination of individual cells to detect disease
  • Dermatopathology: Analysis of tissue from the skin
  • Endocrine pathology: Looks at diseases of the endocrine system, including the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands
  • Head and neck pathology: Looks at diseases of the oral cavity and throat, jaws, salivary glands, nose and sinuses, larynx, and ears
  • Gastrointestinal and liver pathology: Analysis of tissue from the gastrointestinal tract to identify diseases of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon and rectum, liver, bile ducts, gallbladder and pancreas
  • Gynecologic pathology: Analysis of tissue from the female reproductive system
  • Hematopathology: Analysis to detect diseases affecting the blood, lymph nodes and bone marrow
  • Molecular pathology: Analysis of molecules within organs, tissues or body fluids; this emerging discipline is used in testing for leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors, cancer predisposition, and a number of hematologic mutations associated with disease
  • Pulmonary pathology: Analysis of lung tissue
  • Surgical pathology: Analysis of solid tissues removed from patients during surgery or a biopsy; this evaluation typically includes a “gross” (seen by the naked eye) evaluation as well as a “microscopic” (viewed under a microscope) evaluation
  • Urologic pathology: Analysis of tissue from the urinary and urogenital tract

Clinical Pathology

  • Coagulation/thrombosis: Testing to understand the clotting of blood; a deficiency leads to increased risk of bleeding (hemorrhage), while excessive clotting leads to thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Flow cytometry: The use of antibodies to diagnose leukemias and lymphomas
  • Hematology: Analysis of the blood and diseases of the blood
  • Immunology: Analysis of the way the immune system works in the body, including allergies, resistance to disease, and acceptance or rejection of foreign tissue
  • Microbiology/parasitology: Analysis of microscopic organisms and parasites.
  • Renal pathology: Analysis of tissue from the kidneys, particularly in transplant cases
  • Transfusion medicine: Guides transfusion decisions and selection of most compatible blood for patients. Spectrum Pathology offers a blood management program that has been successfully implemented at hospitals throughout Maine.

Additional value-added pathology services from Spectrum

Laboratories also turn to Spectrum Healthcare Partners’ Pathology Division for these additional services—a testament to the wealth of pathology expertise that resides here:

  • Second-opinion services
  • Subspecialty consultative services
  • Clinical laboratory management and medical direction
  • Pre-inspection laboratory evaluation
  • Educational and clinical conferencing and teaching
  • Intra-office frozen section lab services
  • Grossing services (pathology specimens are inspected with the bare eye to obtain diagnostic information, while being processed for further microscopic examination)


If you are a patient who’d like to learn more about our pathology services, or a referring physician, hospital or physician-owned lab interested in partnering with Spectrum, please call us at 207-482-7800. We’re here to help.

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