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Nuclear Cardiology

Assessing the structure, function and blood flow of the heart

What is nuclear cardiology?

Nuclear cardiology helps healthcare providers see how the heart is working. A small amount of radiopharmaceutical is used to do this. This substance gives off a type of energy called gamma rays. These rays can be detected by cameras and create detailed images for providers. These images help providers diagnose heart conditions and make decisions about the best treatment options.

What is nuclear cardiology used to diagnose?

Nuclear cardiology can show problems like:

  • Blockages in the blood vessels
  • Areas of the heart that are not getting enough blood
  • Damage after a heart attack

What can I expect during a nuclear cardiology test?

During the test, a radiopharmaceutical is injected into the body. Then, a camera takes detailed pictures of the heart.

What are the potential risks or side effects of nuclear cardiology?

Nuclear cardiology involves exposure to a small amount of radiation, but the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Referral required for this service. If you need one, talk to your primary care provider.

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