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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

Dec 16, 2019

Bristol Health to move its Southington location, expand its services

SOUTHINGTON – Bristol Health Medical Group has announced that it will be moving its Southington location into the former Rite-Aid building on Main Street, expanding its services as it aims for a January 2020 opening.

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Dec 04, 2019

Please contribute to the Lights of Love campaign

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I’m not just talking about the holiday sea-son. It’s the roll out of the Bristol Health Homecare and Hospice’s Annual Lights of Love campaign.

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Nov 21, 2019

Bristol Health's WIC program distributes Thanksgiving meals to 180 families

BRISTOL - About 180 local families will have a Thanksgiving meal next Thursday thanks to generous donations made by Bristol Health’s medical staff and the hard work of the staff at the hospital’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

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Nov 17, 2019

Red carpet glamour: Bristol Hospital hosts fundraiser for ER renovation

SOUTHINGTON – Bristol Hospital rolled out the red carpet for its annual signature event Saturday night at the Aqua Turf Club.

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Nov 15, 2019

City officials, police and Bristol Health fight the opioid epidemic with the new COBRA program

BRISTOL - City officials have partnered with Bristol Health to address the opioid crisis, and substance abuse in general, in an unconventional way.

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Nov 14, 2019

Bristol firefighters find another way to save lives through fundraiser

BRISTOL - As if saving people from burning buildings wasn’t enough, local firefighters have found another way to save lives in the community.

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Nov 09, 2019

New York-based developer to buy 2 downtown buildings from Bristol Hospital, provide housing, job placement services for veterans

Bristol Hospital has agreed to sell two downtown buildings to a New York-based development company that will provide temporary housing and job placement services to veterans.

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Nov 08, 2019

Newest medical director at Bristol Hospital brings experience, veteran savvy

Bristol Hospital’s newest medical director brings with him over 25 years of experience in the healthcare field and 11 years in the Army Special Forces.

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