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Nuclear Medicine

Our radiologists use small amounts of radiation to create detailed images of how your body works to help diagnose medical conditions.

Nuclear Medicine:
A Safe Way to Study Your Body's Function

You may be injected with a very small and safe amounts of radioactive material to capture images of how your organs work and how they look. This small amount of radiation shows up very clearly in imaging, giving your technologist a highly detailed look at your body. These tests can identify many conditions very early so you can receive more effective treatment.

For your nuclear medicine test, you may be injected with a small amount the radioactive material, and your technologist will then perform imaging of your body. Once your test is over, the material naturally disappiates or is excreated from your body.

Nuclear medicine is particularly unique as it identifies abonormalities very early in the diesease process, allowing for immediate intervention and treatement. It is commonly used to diagnose many conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancerous tumors throughout the body
  • Heart conditions
  •  Lung conditions
  • Thyroid disease

Nuclear Stress Tests

For some, when a routine stress test is unable to determine the cause of our cardiac condition, a nuclear stress may be needed as well as to potentially guide your treatment. As nuclear stress test may be necessary if:

If you have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath to determine if you have coronary artery disease.

In helping your doctor determine how well your treatment is working and if any modifications to your treatment plan need to be made.

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News, Advice & Stories

Jul 08, 2021

Rock the Shot: After over 25,000 covid vaccines, still more to go

BRISTOL – State officials Thursday addressed covid variants, the importance of vaccination and vaccination incentives during a press conference at Bristol Hospital. Gov. Ned Lamont and Acting state Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Public Health Dr. Deidre Gifford joined Bristol Health President and CEO Kurt Barwis.

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Apr 23, 2021

Bristol Health lab services on Route 6 moving across the street from current location

Bristol Health on Monday will be moving its Route 6 lab and blood raw services to a location that better fits its growing base of patients.

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Apr 22, 2021

Former NFL quarterback receives vaccine at ESPN clinic, hopes to inspire youths

Former UConn and NFL quarterback Daniel Orlovsky received his first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Bristol on Thursday -- something local officials are using to target a younger demographic who may be hesitant to get their shot.

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Apr 16, 2021

Bristol Health offering program for those suffering long-term effects of covid-19

A program designed for Bristol Health employees suffering from long-term effects of covid-19, aimed at getting them back to work and again able to perform daily life tasks, is now available to the community.

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Sep 16, 2020

Experts Say Routine Medical Care Is Important Amid Pandemic

Andrew Lim, MD, medical director of emergency medicine at Bristol Health, discusses on NBC Connecticut how COVID-19 affected hospital emergency departments across the state and why continuing to receive your routine care is important during the pandemic.

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Jul 15, 2020

Bristol Health earns Silver Recognition from ENA

Bristol Health has become the first healthcare system in the state to earn a Silver Recognition, achieving the feat in the 2020 ExcellenceNorth Alliance (ENA) Baldrige-based Awards and Recognition.

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Jun 19, 2020

Bristol Health Changing The Focus Of Its COVID-19 Specimen Collection

Effective Saturday, June 20, Bristol Health will be converting its COVID-19 specimen collection to a model that concentrates on Bristol Health patients.

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May 04, 2020

Coronavirus survivor, 34-weeks pregnant, receives heartfelt goodbye

Nicole Nolan has become Bristol Hospital’s latest coronavirus survivor. Nolan, who is 34 weeks pregnant, was discharged from the hospital Friday.

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Apr 23, 2020

The head of Bristol Healthcare Kurt Barwis contracted COVID-19 and is discussing his experience.

Bristol Health President & CEO Kurt A. Barwis talks to WFSB about his experience with COVID-19 and his recovery.

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Apr 20, 2020

At Bristol Hospital, the top executive came down with COVID-19. He’s the face of recovery

As president of Bristol Hospital, Kurt Barwis spent March 27 reviewing preparations for the coronavirus wave, double-checking that his 1,700 employees were doing everything possible to keep themselves healthy.

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