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What is the point of a myocardial perfusion scan [nuclear test]?

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Cardiac imaging...

The myocardial perfusion scan is performed mostly to detect ischemia.
It can also detect infarction (heart attack) as well as ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, and ventricular volumes.

In brief: Cardiac imaging...

The myocardial perfusion scan is performed mostly to detect ischemia.
It can also detect infarction (heart attack) as well as ejection fraction, wall motion abnormalities, and ventricular volumes.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cardiac blood supply

A cardiac perfusion scan measures the amount of blood supplied to your heart muscle.
Radiotracers such as thallium or technetium sestamibi are injected intravenously and travel through blood to heart muscle. Two sets of images are made during rest and exercise and compared. Indications for this study include chest pain, previous heart attack, heart surgery and coronary artery disease.

In brief: Cardiac blood supply

A cardiac perfusion scan measures the amount of blood supplied to your heart muscle.
Radiotracers such as thallium or technetium sestamibi are injected intravenously and travel through blood to heart muscle. Two sets of images are made during rest and exercise and compared. Indications for this study include chest pain, previous heart attack, heart surgery and coronary artery disease.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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