Radiology Services at Bristol Hospital
All of your medical imaging needs can be met in the Radiology Department at Bristol Hospital. The full array of services we offer includes the following:
Mammograms are probably the most important tool doctors have to help them diagnose, evaluate, and follow women who've had breast cancer. Mammography is a highly accurate, safe, low-dose breast x-ray which can find breast cancer even before it can be felt. Mammograms don't prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. Mammography services are available at Bristol Hospital and at the Bristol Radiology Center, 25 Collins Road, Bristol.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless way to look inside your body without using x-rays. Bristol Hospital's wide-body unit provides state-of-the-art images with ultra-fast scanning capabilities. The wide-body design provides a spacious and comfortable environment for many patients. The pictures produced by this new technology help your physician detect and define the differences between healthy and diseased tissue. Conditions that a few years ago might only have been detectable from physical signs and symptoms, may now be seen clearly, giving physicians more time, and better information to determine the most appropriate treatment. An MRI produces high-quality images of the brain, spine, joints and other organs to determine severity of patient injuries and conditions.
An open MRI unit is also available at the Bristol Radiology Center, located at 25 Collins Road, Bristol. This unit is completely open on three sides, providing a comforting feeling for children, older adults, physically larger individuals or those suffering from claustrophobia.
Computed tomography (CT) scans utilize x-rays and advanced computer technology to create detailed images of the body. Bristol Hospital's 16-slice CT offers new imaging technology, opens the door to vastly improved medical care for patients and is the most significant and exciting advancement in multi-slice computed tomography in recent years.
Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine procedure that produces pictures of the body's biological functions. By reflecting small changes at the cellular level, PET scans can detect disease earlier. 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. A CT scan produces detailed images that reveal the size and location of a tumor. Combining these two scanning technologies makes PET/CT superior to either technology alone.
This safe, pain-free diagnostic procedure does not entail radiation, but instead uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of select organs, tissues and blood vessels. Alternately referred to as "ultrasonography" or "sonography," ultrasound (US) is so safe, in fact, that it is routinely used during pregnancy to evaluate the development of the fetus. It is also a time-proven, extremely useful way to examine such internal structures as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidney, female pelvis, prostate, thyroid and the vascular system.
This specialized area of radiology uses very small amounts of radioactive material - comparable to the amount used for a diagnostic x-ray - to capture images of organ function and structure as well as treat diseases and disorders of internal organs. Nuclear medicine is particularly unique in that it identifies abnormalities very early in the disease process, earlier than some other diagnostic tests, thereby allowing for early intervention and treatment.
Another subspecialty of the field of radiology is general, interventional radiology (IR), offers a multitude of alternate approaches to conventional surgery to both diagnose and treat a host of conditions. Our team of interventional radiologists use imaging guidance to direct these procedures, which are usually done with needles or other tiny instruments, such as catheters, to travel through blood vessels and other pathways of the body to the site of the problem. This allows for a less invasive procedure with a smaller incision, less pain and usually no hospital stay. Some of the most advanced procedures are uterine fibroid embolization, vertebroplasty, venous ablation, angioplasty, stenting and embolization, to name a few.
Radiology Department Goes “Filmless”
Diagnostic Services launched PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). The Philips Stentor PACS that has been implemented is considered to be one of the best in the industry. This system eliminates the need for hard copy files and enables physicians to remotely access digital images and authorized reports in one easy-to-use application. Radiologists and physicians can view and compare CT scans, thereby eliminating the process of transferring previous studies through a carrier between and Hospital and the Bristol Radiology Center.
Currently, we are storing CT, MRI and US studies. As we move ahead, more modalities will become digital and sent to our PACS for storage and retrieval. Going forward toward a "filmless" department, PCs are located in key areas of the hospital, Not having to track down files or wait for files to be processed will allow our technical staff more time for patient care.
Our Diagnostic Imaging Department is located on Level C, adjacent to the Emergency Department. For more information regarding the services available in our Diagnostic Imaging department, please call 860.585.3424.
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