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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.

​Effective immediately, all nuclear medicine tests are deferred and the Nuclear Medicine Department is closed until tentatively March 31st. 


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

Mar 24, 2020

Bristol Hospital asking for donations of personal protective equipment, other supplies

Bristol Hospital is continuing to prepare for a possible surge of coronavirus patients and is asking for donations of personal protective equipment and other supplies.

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Mar 21, 2020

Coronavirus testing continues at Bristol Health following first positive result

Local hospitals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are continuing their work combating the spread of the virus.

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Mar 19, 2020

Bristol Hospital collects nearly 100 specimens Wednesday for coronavirus, expected to receive more kits

Bristol Hospital collected nearly 100 specimens to test for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

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Mar 19, 2020

Bristol Hospital receives large shipment of coronavirus tests, more expected

Bristol Hospital received a large shipment of coronavirus test kits on Thursday that is expected to last through the weekend and early next week.

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Mar 19, 2020

Doctor discusses drive-through testing at Bristol Hospital

Dr. Andrew Lim discusses the Specimen Collection Stations at Bristol Hospital.

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Mar 13, 2020

Bristol Hospital joins other area hospitals in offering mobile screening for coronavirus

There is good news for area residents who have been prescribed testing for COVID-19 by their doctors. Bristol Health has opened their outdoor specimen collection station in one of their parking lots via Queen Street entrance, where nurses are on hand.

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Mar 13, 2020

State health officials looking to expand coronavirus testing

State officials have promised to expand coronavirus testing, but there is still a lot of confusion about how to get tested and who’s eligible. The department of health said patients are required to get a written, paper order to get tested at these sites.

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Mar 13, 2020

Bristol Hospital opens coronavirus testing stations

Bristol Hospital opened coronavirus testing units Friday after they were approved by state inspectors.

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Mar 10, 2020

Gov. declares public health emergency due to the coronavirus

Governor Ned Lamont has declared a public health emergency after two residents test positive for coronavirus.

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Mar 09, 2020

Bristol Hospital hopes to have mobile trailers used to test coronavirus next week

Bristol Hospital hopes to have mobile trailers used to test for the coronavirus up and running by next week.

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