Why would I need a nuclear study?
As the heart is the engine for your body it is important to know if the heart if functioning properly or if the heart is receiving enough oxygenated blood.
This is done through a process called myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) that uses the nuclear studies SPECT and PET to create a three-dimensional image of your heart. The MPI images reveal how well blood flows through the coronary arteries and as well as the heart.
The positron emission tomography scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses small amounts of radioactive materials called radiotracers or radiopharmaceuticals, a special camera and a computer to examine your heart.
Radiotracers give off a relatively low radiation exposure and is considered acceptable when compared to the potential benefits. Nuclear medicine has been in use for the last 50 years with no known long-term adverse effects from such a low-dose exposure.
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