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PET/CT Scan

Combined technology to create images of your body right down to the cells.

PET/CT Scan: Highly Detailed and Accurate Imaging

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine test that creates pictures of how your body works. It is most often used for cancer diagnosis and monitoring, though it can also be used to assess brain and heart conditions.

By reflecting small changes in your cells, PET scans detect disease early on and help you and your physician know if cancer has spread. PET scans can tell the location of a tumor, whether the tumor is benign or malignant, whether the cancer has spread and whether treatment has been effective.

Combined With CT Scan

A computed tomography (CT) scan produces detailed images that reveal the size and location of a tumor. Combining these two scanning technologies helps your physician see a more detailed and accurate picture of your health.

PET/CT Scans and Cancer

The PET/CT scanner is able to “see” damaged or cancerous cells where the injected glucose substance is being absorbed. Cancer cells use more glucose than do normal cells. The rate in which a tumor is using the glucose helps determine the level and aggressiveness of the cancer.

The PET/CT scan provides a more detailed picture of cancerous tissues than either test does on its own. The images are captured in a single scan.

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News, Advice & Stories

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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Apr 15, 2020

Bristol Hospital Workers Gather Daily to Pray for Patients, Community, & Colleagues

Hospital workers urging all of us to stay home as they find the strength to enter the hospital doors every day.

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Apr 15, 2020

Lisa Coates Featured on "Face of Connecticut"

Lisa Coates, LCSW, operations manager of the Bristol Health Counseling Center, was the featured guest on this Sunday's WTIC Face Connecticut public affairs program. Listen to her interview here.

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Apr 10, 2020

Bristol Hospital president and CEO returns to work after recovering from coronavirus, plans to donate plasma

Bristol Health President and CEO Kurt Barwis returned to the hospital Thursday after working from home since March 31, when he tested positive for coronavirus, and plans on donating plasma to help someone else with the virus.

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Apr 03, 2020

New relationship allows Bristol Hospital to get COVID-19 test results quicker

Bristol Hospital is now able to turn around COVID-19 test results in one to two days for inpatients and its healthcare workers.

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Mar 30, 2020

Bristol Health launches telemedicine program to limit in-person contact and help flatten the curve

Bristol Health Medical Group doctors have begun seeing many patients using a telemedicine video service that helps limit person-to-person contact and cut down on possible exposures to the coronavirus.

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