|Nuclear Imaging Scans|
|What is it?||Produces images of the blood flow to the heart muscle.|
|How does it work?||
Using a tiny amount of radioactive isotope, our state-of-the-art imaging technology can produce a highly detailed image of the blood flow to the heart muscle, defining and delineating the areas of blood supply.
|Why do we do it?||
Your doctor has asked for a stress test with an isotope, (e.g., Thallium, Cardiolite, Sestamibi), in order to get more accurate and complete information about how your heart is functioning.
Your heart receives life-giving blood from vessels called coronary arteries. If these arteries become partially blocked or narrowed by the buildup of fatty materials (lipids and parenthesis, your heart may not receive the blood it needs to function properly. This narrowing of the coronary arteries is called coronary atherosclerosis or, more commonly, coronary artery disease (CAD).
While your heart may function normally at rest your heart muscle may not receive enough blood when under stress (for example, when you are exercising). This often results in chest pain called angina pectoris. On the other hand, there may be no outward physical signs of the disease. If CAD is limiting blood flow to a part of your heart, a Nuclear Stress Test may be ueful in detecting the disease and assessing how this may affect you. With this information, your doctor can determine the proper course of treatment to keep you healthy.