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What can a heart pet scan diagnos ? if it is abnormal result, what is the outcome needed procedure or treatment plan ?

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Heart perfusion: A heart PET scan evaluates the blood flow to the heart. It can also detect prior damage and give information on the overall function of the heart. This test is not widely used in cardiac evaluations, thus addressing an abnormality on the scan would depend on why your doctor recommended the scan for you.

Answered 9/30/2014

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Dr. Anita Prakash answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Coronary artery Dise: PET scan of the heart is the most accurate non-invasive way to detect and quantify stenosis in your coronary arteries. ALL other non-invasive modalities, such as stress tests look at how the muscle copes with exercise, and hence infers the condition of the arteries. CT scan with contrast is a close second to PET scan as a non-invasive technique to quantify lesions. Depending on sxs, if PET+, treat

Answered 9/29/2014

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Dr. Gerald Mandell answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

Helps plan therapy: PET scan of heart is noninvasive nuclear imaging test. It uses radioactive tracers to produce pictures of heart.PET scans diagnose coronary artery disease and damage due to heart attack. PET scans can show healthy and damaged heart muscle. PET scans help find out if benefit from a percutaneous coronary intervention such as angioplasty and stenting, coronary artery bypass surgery helps

Answered 9/28/2016

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