Nuclear Stress Test
A Nuclear Stress Test shows how well blood flows into your heart muscle, both at rest and during activity. First, we will look at your heart using a special camera while you are lying down. Then, we look at your heart with the same special camera while you are exercising on a treadmill OR after we give you a pharmaceutical drug to speed up your heart. You and your doctor will decide whether to speed up your heart rate on a treadmill or with a pharmaceutical drug depending on your condition. The purpose of the test is to increase the workload being placed on your heart so that we can check its function.
Nuclear medicine is a diagnostic tool in which images are created using a special camera that images organs and tissues in the body after administration of a radioactive “tracer” (radionuclide or radioisotope) to make them visible. The amount of radiation from a nuclear medicine procedure is comparable to that received during a routine X-ray. The tracer only remains in the body for a short period of time before being eliminated in the urine or stool, usually within 24 hours.
If you need a nuclear medicine test your doctor will write you an order for your test and you can call us to schedule your test.
NOTE: This procedure is not performed in all of our centers. Please contact the location or region nearest you for more information. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have!